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.
- 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