With so many RV campgrounds to choose from in the Smoky Mountains, how do you know which Smoky Mountain campground to choose? In this post, we’ve gathered a few of the best kid-friendly Smoky Mountain Campgrounds as well as some of our other top favorite Tennessee campgrounds in the Smokies for you to check out.
What is the Best Campground in the Smoky Mountains?
There’s no question that the Smoky Mountains are quickly becoming the family camping destination of the USA. With the Great Smoky Mountain National Park being the most visited national park in the US, over 1000 miles of hiking trails, amazing family attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and the fun family adventures of ATV riding, whitewater rafting, and amusement parks such as Dollywood, it’s no wonder the Smoky Mountains are America’s new favorite playground.
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA
If you’ve ever stayed at a KOA campground then you know right away why it’s at the top of the list for family fun Smoky Mountain campgrounds in Pigeon Forge, TN.
The Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA is perfect for enjoying the Smoky Mountains as well as all the family fun of Pigeon Forge, TN and Gatlinburg. KOA’s also provide cabins so you can enjoy the family activities and camping experience even if you didn’t bring your RV or Tent.
The recreation activities for the kids are endless: zero entry heated pool with rain tree, hot tub, jumping pillow, gem mine, bike rentals, gravity rail, backyard games such as corn hole, ladder ball, and horseshoes to name a few.
Don’t forget to stop by the front desk for the weekly family fun planned activities as well.
Pigeon Forge Jellystone Park
Conveniently located 1 mile from Dollywood, Pigeon Forge Jellystone Park provide clean family fun all year.
There are 2 pools and a fishing pond, large playground, and a jumping pillow is coming soon.
The little kids will also love visits from Yogi and Boo Boo, movies, cookies and milk, and the Pizza Shop.
Again, no need to own an RV to camp at Jellystone as they have several beautiful RV models for rent in addition to the cabins and glamping tents.
Clabough’s Campground Pigeon Forge, TN
Your family will love family owned and operated Clabough’s Campground in Pigeon Forge, TN.
The campground has a lovely lazy river and two swimming pools, brightly colored playground, jumping pillow, and basketball court.
Over 300 shaded RV full hookup & Tent sites available as well as cabins and cottages.
Camp Riverslanding Campground, Pigeon Forge, TN
Camp Riverslanding Campground in Pigeon Forge, TN is located in the heart of Pigeon Forge and an easy walk from your RV to many attractions in Pigeon Forge. Despite being so close to the attractions, the campground is set among beautiful trees along the banks of the Little Pigeon River.
All the fun amenities your kids love are at Camp Riverslanding like a brand new swimming pool and splash pad, new jump pad, and playground.
With the trolley stop located at the campground, you will be able to go anywhere in the Smokies without ever getting into your car.
Camp LeConte Luxury Outdoor Resort
This one is truly special. Mom and dad are going to love the retro campers available for rent at Camp LeConte Luxury Outdoor Retreat, but you may have to toss a coin because the kids are gonna want to sleep in a tree house!
The heated pool, ping pong, and trolley service to downtown Gatlinburg make this campground in Gatlinburg the perfect location for your family and friends to gather.
Adventure Bound Camping Resorts Gatlinburg
The kids really are gonna love Adventure Bound Camping Resort in Gatlinburg one once they lay eyes on the 500 foot Alpine Water slide, throw in the large swimming pool, and outdoor activities and no one is getting bored in this Smoky Mountain campground.
Cabins, RV, and Tent sites are available.
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River Plantation RV Resort- Sevierville, TN
At one time Sevierville was merely the town you drove through to get to the action in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, but that is definitely no longer the case.
Sevierville, TN is a destination in and of itself and the River Plantation RV Resort is one of it’s highlights.
Enjoy the lazy river in the summer, hayrides in the fall, and all year round southern hospitality and fun at this beautiful Sevierville campground in the Smoky Mountains.
Even More RV Smoky Mountains Campgronds
In addition to all these family friendly Smoky Mountains Campgrounds, we’ve put together some informational posts on even more campgrounds in the Smokies for families and for those looking for a bit more peace and quiet. Check out all our other detailed posts about the Smoky Mountains RV Campgrounds you and your family can enjoy.
Pigeon Forge RV Rentals
If you would love to experience an RV campground vacation near Pigeon Forge, TN, but don’t own your own RV camper, then Outdoorsy can help you out. Here are 5 gorgeous RV campers you can rent near the Pigeon Forge area to give your family a fabulous RV camping experience.
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- Bearly Rough’n It- 36 foot travel trailer sleeps 6
- 2018 Forest River Wildwood Travel Trailer– 2018 model sleeps 10
- 2016 Forest River Travel Trailer– 36 foot sleeps 10
- 2017 Keystone Bullet with Bunkhouse and Delivery- Sleeps 5
- Family Friendly Bunkhouse– Sleeps 4
To learn more about how to rent an RV visit our guide here.
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