We just bought a 5th wheel and, as new RVers, wanted someplace close to home for our first trip. Big Meadows was recommended to us by people from whom we bought our camper and so we made a reservation there. It was a wonderful introduction to camping! Malcolm, Barbara and Greg were friendly and willing to advise, assist, and talk. The campground is a good size, a little less than 100 sites, and accommodates everything from pop-ups to coaches (and maybe even tents) on sites that are either gravel or concrete, back-in to pull-through. All have electric, water and sewer hook-ups, picnic tables, a small patch of lawn and trees for shade. The office has some RV supplies and souvenirs (and ice cream). There also is a laundry room and a bath house, both of which were clean and well kept. Free Wifi is offered and works best when there are not many campers in the campground (good for us, $bad for Malcom and Barbara!). When the campground starts to fill up, wifi access can be difficult. There is a very small fitness room with bikes, a treadmill and an elliptical, the type of equipment you might buy for your home, not necessarily professional grade. They all work, noisily, which lets the office staff know someone is back there! There is a Sunday morning Christian devotional service offered. There is a small water play area for kids but no pool (which was fine with us) but there is a river and river tubing right next to the campground, the entrance to the Smoky Mountains National Park is just down the road, and shopping and activities in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville as well as a Townsend, Maryville and Knoxville are within easy driving range. The other campers were quiet at night and friendly during the day. We were there during the Total Eclipse and Malcolm, Barbara and Greg organized a pot-luck lunch and provided glasses. They also provided recommendations on area restaurants and were helpful with recommendations and advice about future travels. They and their staff also were helpful in getting us into the campground initially, with setup and leaving questions and issues, and with minor repairs. Overall, this was a great introduction to RV camping and we will return. Thanks, Malcolm, Barbara and Greg (as well as Don, Dan and all other staff members)!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a family-owned campground located on the quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Townsend, TN. Trout fishing, biking and waking trails are footsteps away! Golfing, horseback riding, and tubing are close by. ... more less