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Staying at one of the many Pigeon Forge campgrounds is a great way to explore the beautiful Smoky Mountain National Park.
From camping cabins to RV resorts, we’re sharing the 7 most amazing campgrounds for your family fun vacation.
The list will include price, amenities, and our official “Pigeon Forge Campgrounds Vibe” score. This unique score will give you a sense of the overall experience based on our opinion and the reviews of fellow campers.
Let’s dive in!
Mill Creek Resort Club
Price: $42 and up
Why You’ll Love It: First of all, Mill Creek is located less than 3 miles from Dollywood! That’s reason enough for us to stay there. In addition to the great location, this resort serves up a heavy dose of amenities.
You’ll have access to a salt water swimming pool, Pigeon Forge Trolly stop, shuffle board court, club house and more.
The resort offers RV spots, cabins and park models. Those are great options if you’re planning a big family trip.
A recent Campendium reviewer says, “This was a great place to launch from in the Pigeon Forge area, for day trips. It was nice to swim before or after a day outing.”
Pigeon Forge Campgrounds Vibe: 8.3/10 Great location & consistently good reviews.
Foothills RV Park & Cabins
Price: $40 and up
Why You’ll Love It: Foothills RV Park pays attention to the details. The facility is beautifully landscaped and each spot has a level, paved pad.
The location is ideal. This park is also a stopping point for the Pigeon Forge Trolly and is pretty close to the National Park. The pool and modern bath house add those luxury-vibes!
Here’s a recent reviewers hot take: “I love that this business is family owned and has been for years. You can tell they take pride in their work and it really shows in every aspect. We look forward to staying with them again in the spring.”
Pigeon Forge Campgrounds Vibe: 7.8/10 We love that multiple reviewers were repeat guests. Great customer service!
The Ridge Outdoor Resort
Price: $46 and up
Why You’ll Love It: This is a true glamping experience! Yes, they offer spacious (70ft) RV sites…but we love their glamping options even more.
Safari Tents, sleeping 4-6, are a great way to have a unique family adventure. These tents have a kitchen & bathroom! But, you’ll have to leave your furry friends at home – no dogs allowed.
The Ridge also offers Tiny House rentals. You can see all of their camping options here.
Here’s an excerpt from a Campendium review, “The registration office was on old church so it is huge. Full fitness center, bathrooms and laundry. Also a very large pool, a nice playground and a kids room inside the building.”
Pigeon Forge Campgrounds Vibe: 9.5/10 Awesome new facility with fun camping options!
River Plantation RV Resort
Price: $31 and up
Why You’ll Love It: This is a huge RV resort that houses almost 300 sites! So, if you need a last minute reservation, this might be your best bet.
As far as amenities are concerned, we love their multiple pools! They also have a lazy river, splash pad, dog park, adventure course and fitness center. There are enough activities onsite to keep you entertained for days.
A recent camper gave these tips, “I like this camping area because we don’t have to pull the camper through all the traffic and its convenient location. There is actually a pancake restaurant right around the corner from the entrance if you don’t want to cook breakfast in the morning.”
Pigeon Forge Campgrounds Vibe: 9.1/10 Despite its huge size, River Plantation will make you feel welcomed and cozy!
Twin Creek RV Resort
Price: $76 and up
Why You’ll Love It: The grounds are beautiful! Each site is paved and has its own cement patio with seating. The campground is also known for its diverse wildlife. Turkeys, deer, and otters have all been spotted on the grounds.
Dogs are welcomed at Twin Creek, they provide a pet walk and doggy bags throughout the park.
This park is also host to the trolley stop. A recent visitor says, “Traffic in Gatlinburg is terrible and the parking lots fill early. Highly recommend catching the trolley that stops at the entrance of the park. Either the blue or yellow lines will take you in downtown and run every 30-35 minutes.”
Pigeon Forge Campgrounds Vibe: 8.5/10 We like that this park is smaller and is home to lots of wildlife!
Price: $60 and up
Why You’ll Love It: The bath houses are pristine, the wifi actually works great and the staff is friendly. If your Smoky Mountain camping trip leans more on the tourist side of vacationing, Greenbrier Campground should be the right fit.
Of all the campgrounds mentioned, this one feels “closest to camping” and has a lot of nature vibes. This campground also made our “11 Best Smoky Mountains Campgrounds” list!
Here’s what a fellow camper has to add, “Feels like a state park with the amenities of a private park. Roads were easy to navigate in our 38′ coach and easy to back into our site. Park has a new 5G WiFi system that was smoking fast.”
Pigeon Forge Campgrounds Vibe: 10/10 The best of both worlds – luxury amenities & camping experience.
Pine Mountain RV Park
Price: $35 and up
Why You’ll Love It: Pine Mountain is a relatively small RV park that backs up to Mill Creek. Some of the sites are situated right on the creek side. Each site has a fire ring for an evening s’mores fest!
A central pool is available for all guests and the park is also on the trolley route.
We love hearing this from a reviewer on Campground Reviews, “There are several parks in the area and choosing was somewhat difficult. We are very glad to have found Pine Mountain RV Park and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The park is very clean, appears to be quite new, has a fantastic location, is easy to find and navigate through, and has a nice list of amenities. As a home base to explore the national park, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg we could not have asked for better.”
Pigeon Forge Campgrounds Vibe: 8.4/10 Solid reviews, great location and customer service.
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