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Old 08-07-2013, 05:56 AM   #1
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The traffic in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area was unbelievable. First weekend in August is no sales tax on clothing so that plus all the tourists makes for quite a jam. Arrive early and leave early or plan to wait in traffic.

We stayed at Pine Mountain RV Park which is fairly new and very nice but expensive. Especially good for children because they have a splash pool next to bathhouse and arrangements with the hotel across the street to use the pool.

The previous weekend we stayed in the Maggie Valley / Waynesville area at Creekwood Farms. Very nice place but right next door is Pride RV Resort which has a pool and more amenities for children.
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The traffic in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area was unbelievable. First weekend in August is no sales tax on clothing so that plus all the tourists makes for quite a jam. Arrive early and leave early or plan to wait in traffic.

We stayed at Pine Mountain RV Park which is fairly new and very nice but expensive. Especially good for children because they have a splash pool next to bathhouse and arrangements with the hotel across the street to use the pool.

The previous weekend we stayed in the Maggie Valley / Waynesville area at Creekwood Farms. Very nice place but right next door is Pride RV Resort which has a pool and more amenities for children.
Good info... Thanks Jerry.. I lived in Knoxville for a while and LOVED driving up there in the pickup.. (before my rv days) drive around and try to get lost... Found a beautiful clearing on top of a mountian,,, no biggy for my "then " 3/4 ton Dodge 4x4,,, total peace up there... Anyway, still trying to talk DW into a trip back to The Smokies... I was close this time but "we" agreed to go to the Gulf instead... Next month hopefully....
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We were up there in June, traffic was not terrible yet. First time the kids got to see mountains. We had a good time. Tons of rv parks, one of the reasons we started looking at tt's. We will be planning another trip next year, but will bring the tt instead of the resort.
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I swore I would never visit Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge in the Fall again. Bumper to bumper traffic and 45 minute waits if someone in front of you sees a bear (etc.), and wants a picture. Townsend is a lot less traveled and also right outside the park - closer to the Cades Cove area.
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Was there last June and stayed 9 of my 12 nights inside the park. (Elkmont & Smokemont) Will go back in the future....I would agree..the main route thru Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg was wall to wall cars and RV's. Only went into downtown Gatlinburg twice and took the trolley.
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