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Townsend / Great Smokies KOA

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Harvey, Louisiana, United States
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I just recently rented a deluxe cabin here at the KOA in Townsend for a week. We have been here before and love this place. We would much rather stay on the quiet side of the Smokies than in all the hassle of Gatlinburg. This KOA is centrally located between Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Cades Cove, Cherokee, and... More 

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Thank Jennifer M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love, Love, Love this place! Campsite was level, staff was AWESOME (one sat with me and chatted for about an hour one night and invited us to tour the inside of their 5th Wheel, since we are considering buying one). Bathrooms were FANTASTIC, site was clean & the fudge was delicious. Sets the standard for all other KOA's.

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Thank David N
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20 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband surprised me with an overnight in a primitive cabin for my birthday. The cabin was beautiful. Right on the river. I loved the porch swing. Being able to relax and swing on the porch next to the water was so nice! It was called "primitive" because there was no bathroom. The bath houses were close and clean though.... More 

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed 4 days In Townsend in oct 2016. After visiting gatlinburg/pigeon forge one of those days, I knew I had made the best decision. We loved Townsend. Laid back, spread out and with a friendly small town feel it is the perfect place base your gsmnp adventures . Not a lot of chain eateries , but we never had a... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Having never stayed at a KOA campsite before, I wasn't sure what to expect. We had booked a deluxe cabin. I was beyond impressed with the cleanliness of the cabin. Fresh towels ready for us, shampoo/conditioner dispenser in the shower, clean refrigerator, the place was just clean. I felt like I was walking into a brand new cabin. The fire... More 

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Belleville, Illinois
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Beth worked her magic and got us a week and almost a half with 2 excellent sites. We had to evacuate SC beach campground suddenly with no desire to return home. KOA in Townsend is the best KOA we have ever visited. Clean, convenient, well thought out campground. Staff were friendly and helpful. Second site was directly next to stream.... More 

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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Very nice campground. We had a spot by the river. Beautiful and relaxing. Close to Gatlinburg and Cade's Cove. Nice showers. Only problem was no 50 amp by the river. These are pictures taken from our campsite.

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175 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Good location for exploring the Great Smoky Mtn NP but this place is busy! Sites are pretty tight; they have a lot in a not huge park. Marilyn in the office was so helpful and informative; the rest of the staff...well, maybe just too busy. Main bath/showerhouse was very clean and well appointed but not close to about half of... More 

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Thank kitsuanddate
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

We arrived later on a Friday. The person checking us in was pleasant and described some of the major features of the campground. There is a camp store at the entrance that has most of the basics (including morning coffee for a fee). One suggestion for the camp store is at least a small selection of craft beer. We had... More 

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Waterloo, Illinois
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Wanting to stay on the quiet side of the Smoky Mountains, this is your place. This campground has all the amenities that you could ask for in a campground. Our site had a patio and stone fire ring. The site edge was mulched and well landscaped. The camp offers a nice playground and pool. If you need supplies they have... More 

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
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  • Pool
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Set in what's known as "the peaceful side of the Smokies," the Townsend/Great Smokies KOA neighbors Cades Cove and the countless black bears, deer, plants and flowers that make their homes there. With the tranquil Little River hugging the property line, endless hiking trails weaving through the wooded tapestry surrounding the kampground and swinging bridges suspended nearby, each day at this KOA promises a new adventure. Nearby attractions like Dollywood, Tuckaleechee Caverns (a 25-million-year old cavern system) and miles of tubing and biking guarantee great fun for your vacation. On-site, visit the Little River Village restaurant for a batch of fudge, grab your tackle and cast your line and enjoy free wireless Internet during your stay. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Townsend / Great Smokies KOA

Address: 8533 State Highway 73, Townsend, TN 37882
Region: United States > Tennessee > Townsend
Number of rooms: 135
Also Known As:
Townsend / Great Smokies Koa Hotel Townsend
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“They need a category for campgrounds”
 of 5 bubbles scottwC584BC, 18 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Stay in Cabins 1-6 if possible, pay more to get the view on the river!!!!!!!!!”
 of 5 bubbles LizzyB01, 15 Jun 2016 | Read review
“I would not request site 9.”
 of 5 bubbles Rosabee2014, 15 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Deluxe cabins have a bathroom. Get one right on the water.”
 of 5 bubbles locolizard, 19 Apr 2016 | Read review
“River side cabins are amazing”
 of 5 bubbles AhlamBarwani, 29 Mar 2016 | Read review
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