Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-17-2015, 06:48 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: South Chesterfield, Virginia
Posts: 292
Smoky Mountain Crowds in Summer

Hello, my wife and I are considering taking two grandkids to the Smoky Mountains in August. In the past we have stayed in the Gatlinburg area in the Fall but never been there in the Summer and wondering how badly crowded it is this time of year in the Park. We have been in the bear traffic jams at Cades Cove and long lines at Clingman's Dome a couple of times but it was cool temps then in the Fall of the year. Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
__________________

__________________
Catch14me is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-17-2015, 09:46 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 187
Have a cabin near Gatlinburg and go there often. There seems to be wall to wall people all season only time it thins out is dead winter.
__________________

__________________
Melvo
08 Trail-Lite 8230
2011 Silverado 1500
Melvo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2015, 10:27 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
daydream37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: NE Florida
Posts: 173
I have never been to Cades Cove when it wasn't a giant traffic jam. There are many other places just as nice without the traffic nearby.
__________________
2004 Winnebago 30b Motorhome
Accompanied by a 2015 Ford Focus or a 2016 Ducati Scrambler or 2006 BMW R1200RT Sidecar Rig
daydream37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2015, 11:49 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Superslif's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Pond Piggies Club
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: NE. Ohio USA
Posts: 4,707
We visited 2nd & 3rd weeks of June for 12 days staying 9 days in the park at 2 campgrounds 3 nights at a campground in Gatlinburg that was on the trolley route. Yes, Gatlinburg was busy, but manageable. We came to see the streams, waterfalls and views. The key was hitting the park early. Like the chimney Tops Picnic Area by 10:30 to get a table. Kids would have fun climbing about the rocks by the stream. Hit Clinmans Dome either before 11am or do a sunset visit.

Smoky Mtn. photo gallery 2012.
__________________
Jim, Diane & Robert ~ NE. OH.
2018 Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 24 RKS
2014 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7L
IRV2 Photo Album ~Let's Go Places~
Superslif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2015, 12:13 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
GaryKD's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wellington, Florida
Posts: 12,322
Hi Catch14me,
It depends, when in August you want to go. Beginning August 3, local schools start. Not all at the same time, but staggered in the month. There will still be plenty of people. How old are the Gkids? Will they enjoy the shows, mini golf, rides, go carts? If so, Sevierville or Pigeon Forge may be a better location as a base camp. I agree with previous posts about SMNP. Get there early for whatever activity you want to do. SMNP is the only NP I will hike alone. There are so many people on the trails if anything should happen help is there.

Consider http://www.hiddenmountain.com/cabin-type/the-dell-rv/ as a base camp. You can not get a better location if Sevierville or Pigeon Forge activities are in the plan.
__________________
Gary
2005 Newmar KSDP 3910 + GMC ENVOY XUV 37K lbs Moving Down The Road
The Avatar Is Many Times Around The USA
Nobody Knows Your Coach Like Somebody Who Owns One Just Like Yours
GaryKD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2015, 06:42 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Wizard's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Home on the hill in Georgia
Posts: 2,458
Just a reminder, GSMNP is the most visited NP in the USA
__________________
Jerry & Patsy Potter, Taz & Jake Jr.
2000 Winnebago Journey
2006 Ford Explorer 4X4
Wizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2015, 07:29 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Superslif's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Pond Piggies Club
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: NE. Ohio USA
Posts: 4,707
A vender hit us up to view a time share and we got 3 tickets to the Dixieland Stampead Dinner Show. Otherwise we did one and a half days in Gatlinburg and the rest were spent in the park.
__________________
Jim, Diane & Robert ~ NE. OH.
2018 Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 24 RKS
2014 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7L
IRV2 Photo Album ~Let's Go Places~
Superslif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2015, 07:37 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
jacwjames's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 4,597
You might check into going into the GSNP via Townsend, usually not as crowded and relatively short drive to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.

That being said we live ~45 miles away and I haven't been there in 4-5 years because of the crowds.
__________________
Jim J
2002 Monaco Windsor 38 PKD
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee w/5.7 Hemi
jacwjames is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2015, 09:35 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: South Chesterfield, Virginia
Posts: 292
Thanks for the replies. The kids are 8 and 10 and we thought they might enjoy the trip and it might be our last chance. Gatlinburg and vicinity although really crowded have a lot to offer with the combination of entertainment and nature. Just never been there in August and a little worried about not finding parking spaces in the Park since it has been a couple of years and a noticable increase in people/campers everywhere. I will check out the suggestions mentioned. How about on the other side of the mountain?
__________________
Catch14me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2015, 12:48 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Superslif's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Pond Piggies Club
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: NE. Ohio USA
Posts: 4,707
We did 8 nights on the north side, and stayed 4 nights at Smokemont on the Southern side. Smokemont (a national park campground) has many large sites for larger units. Is close to Cherokee NC. where there is a casino and shopping in downtown Cherokee. Found this side much less crowded than the Northern side of the Smoky's.
__________________
Jim, Diane & Robert ~ NE. OH.
2018 Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 24 RKS
2014 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7L
IRV2 Photo Album ~Let's Go Places~
Superslif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2015, 08:54 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: South Chesterfield, Virginia
Posts: 292
Thanks everyone that replied. I think considering everything our best bet is to park the RV at a remote less crowded location where we stay a while and drive the toad to Gatlinburg. Maybe stay overnight at a nice motel in the area.
__________________
Catch14me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2015, 03:29 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
JFXG's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Today? Mercer, PA
Posts: 3,620
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wizard View Post
Just a reminder, GSMNP is the most visited NP in the USA

..... because it is within a one day drive of about 30% of the U.S. population.
__________________
John & Diane, Fulltimers. RVM103 NHSO
On the road since June '12 with Lincoln, the guard cat.
2002 Dutch Star 40, Freightliner, Cat 3126, 2004 Element
JFXG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2015, 03:42 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
burgman50's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Charlotte NC
Posts: 142
Quote:
Originally Posted by Catch14me View Post
Thanks everyone that replied. I think considering everything our best bet is to park the RV at a remote less crowded location where we stay a while and drive the toad to Gatlinburg. Maybe stay overnight at a nice motel in the area.
well Gatlinburg is going to be so crowded its gonna be hard to find parking. we stay at rv park that's on the trolley line and use toad to explore outside Gatlinburg.
__________________
1998 Fleetwood Bounder 36s...F53 TAG with 460 v8 55,000 miles. master tow dolly. 2 furkids
burgman50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2015, 07:51 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Chuck&Pam's Avatar
 
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Monroe, NC
Posts: 592
You may want to look at Anchor Down RV park on Lake Douglas. Its about 25 miles from Gatlinburg and is a beautiful RV park.
__________________

__________________
Chuck & Pam (the people) - Bobbie & Nikki (the cats)
2016 Holiday Rambler Admiral 26DT & Chevy Tracker ZR-2
NJ4B F261484 (ex: NCBounder)
Chuck&Pam is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need suggestions in Great Smoky Mountain National Park muscob Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 13 06-04-2015 08:27 AM
Summer in Georgia TLGPE Navigation, Routes & Roads 7 11-05-2014 10:24 PM
Smoky Mountain HoeDown Rally edgray Workhorse Chassis Motorhome Club (WCMC) 0 09-28-2014 09:00 PM
Your summer RV volunteer experience? SKP Kirk Workkamping & Volunteering 12 09-06-2014 01:54 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.