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“Another wonderful stay at the KOA” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pigeon Forge Gatlinburg KOA

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Pigeon Forge Gatlinburg KOA
Certificate of Excellence
Walkertown, North Carolina
1 review
“Another wonderful stay at the KOA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

We have been staying at the Pigeon Forge KOA for years. Each time we go we see a lot of the same people every time, it's like a reunion with friends. We love the level sites and the cleanliness of the camp ground and bath houses not to mention the covenience to shopping in both the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area. We have found that the family that runs the KOA are very friendly and makes us feel at home. We always look forward to coming back yearly and would recommend this campground to anyone.
The Cox Family, Walkertown, NC

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Penny C
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Minerva, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

It's located along a busy road, but at night you wouldn't know it. It is a great location. Even on the weekend, there were kids playing but everyone was quiet when it was time to be quiet. No riff raff.
The shower houses were clean except for the gnats. They seemed to have a lot of them, but they were everywhere throughout town, though.
The staff was pleasant and they always seemed to have someone patrolling for litter.
I will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tim t
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Elkhart, Indiana
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85 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

So what exactly qualifies this place for Presidential award from corporate? This KOA seems to manage the heavy tourist crowds well. After traveling for 17 years on the road staying at KOAs, here's what makes this KOA exceptional:
1. They have a work out room, tho we didn't use it :)
2. Pool - the rock landscape is very nice
3. Grounds are well kept, no overgrown grass or weeds
4. Bathrooms and showers always clean
5. Friendly staff
6. Location. Location. Location. Just down street from Dollywood. Not on busy main strip.
7. Separate kitchen sink and cook stove for cabins
The only bad thing I can say is the front sign didn't stay lit which makes the place easy to pass by in dark of night. We stayed in a two room camping Kabin and had plenty of room, though I can see where the spaces seem tight. Par for the course being in a heavy tourist area.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Ro M
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101 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

We stayed in one of the "Deluxe Cabins" during our trip. The cabins were great, very roomy, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen and could easily sleep 6. The price was a little high as we could have got quite a nice hotel room for about the same or probably less. The campground itself wasn't terrible, but seemed a little tight if you had a trailer or RV. The staff was very friendly and did a great job. The KOA here is located in a very good location, not directly on the strip, but within very short walking distance.

Overall if you want to spend the money, you won't be disappointed in the deluxe cabins.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank btg172
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Tipp City, Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

We were here a week in a trailer .we are boxed in .they allow the large trailers to park on top of u and they said it is ok. The staff do not care. A worker almost hit my grand kids with a ridding mower while they were at the play ground. The game room has machine not working. Our grill feel over can not use it. They let large trailer park the trucks on top of us so we have no room for picnic table the people with large trailer moved it and the office will not take care of it. We r boxed in. Bathrooms dirty. We were here a day (two of us) and was told we stopped up the sewer system(really) for the whole campground . Don't stay here look elsewhere you would b happier and the price per night is way to high. Wish I would have read reviews first from now on we will . Know you have been warned

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Cathy S
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Paul H
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Livonia, Michigan
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DavidUSMC
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Additional Information about Pigeon Forge Gatlinburg KOA

Property: Pigeon Forge Gatlinburg KOA
Address: 3122 Veterans Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-3197
Phone Number:
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 #14 of 54 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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