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“Nice Campground, convenient but small sites”

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Pigeon Forge Gatlinburg KOA
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Nice Campground, convenient but small sites”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

This is the first time we've stayed at this KOA. We generally favor KOAs over others because we feel they have standards. This is located very close to "the strip" in Pigeon Forge. Convenient for those wanting to hit the amusements, shops, restaurants and shows. The staff is very friendly (although most were college students). Amenities are above average: nice pool, average store, nice bathrooms, laundry, even a fitness room. Our biggest issue is the configuration of the campground. There are a handful of true pull-thru sites. The other so-called pull thru sites (about 60% of the other sites) are too narrow and short, and require you to pull thru another site's grassy area (if there's room). Site numbering is also very confusing as they are from the "pull-thru direction, not the side your site is actually located. An escort to the site would help. Tree placement is also a problem. When they built the campground, the landscaper was obviously not an RV'er. Back when trailers were smaller and had no slide-outs, this was probably not an issue. We had to back-in our 34' fifth-wheel off a narrow roadway with many vehicles parked right against the roadway. Having a long-bed truck made this difficult. All the center section "pull-thru" sites are at 90 degrees to the road. If they had built them at an angle, it would have been much better. Once situated, it was pretty good, although the site behind us had two vehicles, one of which was parked right next to our living/dining slide. We did scope out other campgrounds in the area and didn't find any that were better (most were even more jammed together). Most of the sites are paved with a concrete patio pad and have a small grassy area. If you're here to see Pigeon Forge, it's a good choice. You can walk to the central trolley station and for $2.50 get an all day wristband and go anywhere in the area.
Overall the stay was good. Having the hassle of squeezing into the site after navigating the mountain roads did not create a good first-impression.

Room Tip: If you have a large rig (> 45') make sure you reserve one of the premium pull-thru sites.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Livonia, Michigan
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

It is hard to believe that this KOA is located in the middle of town right on the "strip". The trees, crickets and tree frogs drowned out the sounds of the city. It seemed like we were in the country. Our campsite was located in the back of the campground near the river. Very nice pool with a 1' kiddie area and a hot tub. The staff was friendly and helpful. The location is perfect for getting around town with a trolley stop at the entrance. Only drawback was that they bathrooms needed to be cleaned more often. A sign stated that they were cleaned between midnight and 1am and noon and 1pm. The midnight to 1am cleaning never happened during our 6 day stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a site in the back of campground to be further off the main road.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2013

Our family had 2 sites at this campground. The two with water and electric hook-ups were nice size sites. But people walked through the site coming and going to the walking track at the adjacent park regularly. Music from across the river was heard all evening long. One family was in a very small one room cabin that had a very moldy air conditioner problem that made them miserable. When they talked to the person at the desk about it, they got NO satisfaction but were told their employees check the AC units daily and so there couldn't be mold in there. And they paid $193 for 3 nites of that misery. The bathroom was littered and the men's had extremely low water pressure in the shower. Our last morning there the men's bathroom had BM on the floor of the only two stalls. The wi-fi did NOT work for any of us. I put in the PW and it said I was connected, but when I'd try to get anywhere, it said I was NOT connected to the Internet. A family of skunks visited our sites both nights. We did not visit the pool, that was VERY crowded. We asked about putting our trailer on the site before check-in time and were told we could for $5/hour before check-in time. They are definitely all about money - not service at this establishment. To pay the exorbitant nightly rate of $47 for a campsite and then have such to deal with was very distasteful. We surely will NOT return to camp there when we can camp for less than half that very nearby and have clean bathrooms with good pressure and wi-fi that has been faultless.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

We have stayed at this KOA several times since my last review about a year ago and it is going down hill quick. The office staff was very nice but the owner, the eldest, was quiet rude and refused to talk to me when I had a question in regards to the additional fee to park a vehicle overnight as we were not charged on a previous visit a month earlier just to drop the 5th wheel for a ladies retreat and leave the following morning. Rules are rules but enforce consistently, all rules. The deluxe pull thru sites we always book were never cleaned prior to our visits, any of the times and we had to clean ourselves before setting up. The drains appear to be stopped up or not working properly as there was water standing everywhere on three of our last visits. The pool deck was never cleaned while we were there as the trash/food from the day before was still around the tables the next day. We visited the pool on each day of our 6 and 10 day stays, and forget about the bathroom at the pool it was so nasty and smelled so bad it was better to go back to your campsite for fear of catching something, you just couldn't stay in there. Children as young as 7-8 (boys) were being allowed at the pool with no adult supervision, running and diving and never did a staff member show up. Another mother and myself had to stand between the baby pool and larger pool to keep the kids from running and falling on to the 2-4 year olds playing in the baby pool. The location of this campground is one of the best and I loved staying here in the past but am now looking for a campground that actually has cleanliness and safety at the top of their list along with customer satisfaction. This campground gets 5 stars on location especially since it is next to the park and close to Dollywood and 1-2 on all other things you look for in a campground. If I owned this I would hate to think what I worked for all my life was falling to the wayside. I am so sad to have to write this review as I do love the location but there are others just down the road.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Enon, Ohio, United States
2 reviews
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

We stayed in this KOA in June. Very disappointed with campsites, not enough room between campers, campsites flooded, restrooms smelled. Workers were friendly but campground definitely needs some upgrading. Dog walk was a joke, located on the side of a hill, no gates, just split rail fencing. At our earliest chance we relocated to another campground in the area.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Statesville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

We have stayed at this KOA for several years and always had great service. This past September really showed what great folks run this place. We arrived in a pop up. My husband started to crank it up and the cable popped. They helped by finding someone for us to call only for us to find out it could not be fixed anytime soon. They called another campground to secure us a cabin. Here we were with reservations paid and in between a rock and a hard spot. They fully refunded our money and were more than gracious about doing so. Service like this is why we continue each year to use this KOA.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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5 Thank Nan1958
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Telford, Tennessee
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Reviewed 8 November 2012 via mobile

We camped here on the fourth of july weekend. The spaces are very tight and cramped. It was very hot and the swimming pool was crowded. They had bible clubs for the kids which was really great. They limit the parking to one vehicle and a second vehicle costs several dollars a night. The best part is it is close to dollywood and other attractions.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Property: Pigeon Forge Gatlinburg KOA
Address: 3122 Veterans Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-3197
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Region: United States > Tennessee > Sevier County > Pigeon Forge
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 53 Speciality Lodging in Pigeon Forge
Number of rooms: 192
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have too many changes for 2015 to list them all! This year we are expanding our recreation and have added a Jumping Pillow, Gaga Pit, Frisbee Golf, New Playground, Cornhole, Tetherball and Planned Activities. If that's not enough to keep you busy, check out our new meeting room for your family or group's event! We also have a new RV and boat storage area. Check out our nee Deluxe Cabins and Camp Sites! Campers also appreciate comfortable campsites along the Little Pigeon River as well as tent sites. Enjoy the NEW zero-entry kiddie pool with a rain tree and new Kamp K9 Pet Park. Explore the area: Start with Dollywood theme park (your hosts offer discount tickets which are cash or travelers checks ONLY). You'll find wild rides, a musical theater, the Dolly Parton Museum, local crafts, shops and restaurants. Cross the road to Dollywood's Splash Country for a load of water fun. Take the city trolley right from KOA to the Dollywood entrance and also through the cities of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. There are great musical shows in the neighborhood, including the Dixie Stampede which is a half of a mile from us. The Island in Pigeon Forge offers shopping/entertainment. LeConte Center is less than a mile away. Go skating at Ober Gatlinburg resort's indoor ice rink or hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. ... more   less 

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