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Old 07-31-2012, 08:59 PM   #15
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If you are OK with dry camping, Elkmont Campground in the Smokies National Park is superb, and close to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. One of our favorites.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:35 PM   #16
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Ditto. I love Elkmont, and always stay there on my annual fishing jaunts to the Smokies. Close to the trailheads of lots of nice hikes in the Smokies.

If you really wanna' be in Pigeon Forge, however, well then go for one of the commercial campgrounds. I can't stand all the people and traffic, so I usually go through Townsend and never go into Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. Terrific fly fishing shop in Townsend, by the way; Little River Outfitters.
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We were back there in 2006 for a 'pass through' visit to Pigeon Forge...sorry, not all that impressive with the 'forced' tourist traps and traffic...

Enjoyed the day out at Dolly's place, the steam train was a hit - gettin' up close to that fire breathing, hissing, massive mechanical BEAST was a reminder of days long gone...

The KOA and others were pretty full up with those SOB types......We asked a local in Sevierville where they went to camp in the area, we were directed to the Douglas Reservoir area, just a few miles out of town...

Douglas Reservoir | Oh, Ranger! zoom in on the map and change it to the SAT view to see the campground with lots of room between rigs - & CHEAP, too!

It was after dark, but we found the Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground, found a spot and settled in for the night...We were more than pleasantly surprised in the morning at what a great campground we'd 'found'...!

If you're like us and want to get away from the crowds after a long day with the 'Pigeons'...check this area out...
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