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Old 09-05-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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Camping in the Smokies

My wife and I are hoping to spend our 47th wedding anniversary in the Great Smokey Mtns. N.P. the first week of October, 2012.

We would appreciate any recommendations any of you might have for a campground with the following characteristics:

- For the 1st week or so of October, 2012.
- Easily reached from north of the park; we'd be driving down through Pigeon Forge.
- Suitable for our 18 foot TT.
- Full hookups; inc. 30 Amp service.
- Wooded
- Good WIFI
- Pet friendly.
- Easy access/close to park.
- Good Neighbor Sam/Campgrounds America/Passport America discounts.

Thanks in advance for any guidance you might be able to provide.

Caneman
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:34 PM   #2
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One and only that fits all your needs is the KOA Cherokee on the NC side. Don't know which is best on the TENN side
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:08 PM   #3
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We stayed here a few years ago. Nice place, right outside the park entrance.

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Old 09-05-2012, 08:19 PM   #4
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In June we stayed at "Camping in the Smokies" campground located about 2 miles east of downtown Gatlinburg and on the trolly route. Very clean small campground. Even with the campground being located by route 321, it does not get much traffic. Location is the key to stay here. We just took the trolly into Gatlinburg. Parking is very limited in downtown Gatlinburg.

We stayed here 3 nights and stayed 9 nights inside the park at Elkmont and Smokemont National Park campgrounds.

Here are a few pictures of the campground Camping in the Smokies campground. Their rates were a little less than the other campgrounds in the area.
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Hi Caneman8343,
Welcome to iRV2. I favor the west side of the Smokies. Beginning in October, leaf peeper season starts. Make your reservations ASAP. Where you stay depends on what you want to do. For two adults there are many shows (all "G" rated) in Pigeon Forge. This means Pigeon Forge and Sevierville would be best for the choice of a CG. River Plantation at Pigeon Forge Campground | River Plantation RV Park, Pigeon Forge RV Campground, Smoky Mountain RV Park, Sevierville RV Camping is a large CG with many different site choices. It is also close to almost all the shows. This is important because of traffic on the main street. It is a bit longer of a drive to get to GSMNP (about 10 miles).
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We just left Twin Creek RV Park in Gatlinburg, Twin Creek RV Resort | RV Camping Tennessee | Recreational Vehicle Camping Tennessee | Gatlinburg RV Camping | Smoky Mountains Recreational Vehicle Camping | quite and clean.
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I second Twin Creek. We spent Thanksgiving there last year. It is close to all the attractions and well kept.
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Here are a few pictures of our stay at Twin Creeks.
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X3 - Twin Creek is a great RV park and great location to see all the sites.
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:37 PM   #10
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i was up there a cpl years ago for christmas and got a white christmas i loved going ski at the resort in Gatlinburg
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River edge n Pigeon Forge is nice, shuttle runs there too. I don't know about the north or not. How north do you want to be? Cannot argue with twin creeks at all.
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Just spent a week with Tony and Allison at their campground. Beautifully maintained and all decorated for Halloween. Quite and only short distance from downtown Pigeon Forge. Turn at Light 3 onto Wears Valley Rd. No bathhouse or pool but full hookups. Nice store about half mile from campground. Check out their website. The mountains were beautiful. Happy camping.

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What do I think about it? No. It's what I think about you! You have my utmost respect for your undertaking with the sole objective of traveling with your wife who has Lupus and wants to see the world. May you take in as many sights and experience as you can and go on one incredible journey for a lifetime of memories!
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having lupus is very hard so going to see the world is my wish that is why im a full time rver now
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