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Clabough's Campground

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Clemmons, North Carolina
Reviewed 6 October 2016

We recently camped here for five days in section B. The campground has everything you need. There are a lot of sites so they were pretty close. Lots of activities for children too. I believe if we go back again we will check section D. Each site has the fire pit so if the smoke will bother you as it...

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Clabough's is family owned and operated and very family oriented. Everyone is friendly, anyone passing by walking or riding their golf cart waves at you. They have a lot of activities for the children during holidays like sand art, tie dye t-shirts, live music at the pool, karaoke, cookouts, golf cart parades ect. They have onsite maintenance, (24 hr. On...

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Chickamauga, Georgia
Reviewed 27 September 2016

This was our first camping experience with our new camper. We had a site next to the creek with a picnic table and a small metal fire pit . The site was a back in but easy to maneuver. The site was gravel with a concrete pad. The check in was simple and fast. The onsite market was helpful for...

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1Thank Beachchicka
Tennessee
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is a really convenient campground, as it's just a short drive to the Parkway, but super easy to get in/out, as it's on a side road. The parking to check in is huge, and pull-through. Check-in is super fast, and so friendly. The office is at the end of a gas station/convenience store/camp store/restaurant. Yes, you can get everything...

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Knoxville, Tennessee
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is our first time staying at this campground. It is not too far from the Parkway and other major attractions. I did not use the bathhouses but my daughter said they were okay. Several things to do for the kids. such as a lazy river (very small one), a trampoline built in to the ground (neat), a larger pool...

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Rockmart, Georgia
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We love this campground so much we are going back in November for 2weeks and then next may 2017 for a whole month to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. The staff is friendly and helpful in every way. We love Clabough's Campground. We will be going there for many more yeats

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Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

First time visit to this campground. We love it. There are many things to do from an arcade, lazy river, pools, ice cream shop, playground, jumping pillow. My family thoroughly enjoyed it and we hope to return soon.

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1Thank tjr6404
Bidwell, Ohio
Reviewed 25 August 2016

We had a great week in one of Clayboughs cottages - weather was great, check-in and check-out were flawless, people were very friendly and it was very quiet at night - the only negative I have is the internet signal was very poor so I ended up using a lot of my monthly data allowed!!

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Berlin, New Jersey
Reviewed 25 August 2016

The cabin had enough room for 6 of us. Was very clean and had everything we needed at the cabin. There was also a lot to do at the campground lazy river, pool, playground... It was also very close to all the tourist attractions!!! Defiantly will do this trip again

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Lancaster, South Carolina
Reviewed 25 August 2016

This was the first time we stayed at this campground and was very pleased. The staff was polite and professional. The lazy river and pools were nice and the bathroom houses were excellent. We were so impressed before leaving we reserved for next year.

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Babysitting
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Breakfast Available
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Clabough family has lived in Pigeon Forge for five generations and in the Smoky Mountain region for a lot longer. William Clabough, a Civil War veteran, bought the original property in the late 1800s. He was a Union soldier and was drawing a small pension when he settled in Pigeon Forge. The Knoxville Chancery Court records show that he sold it to Clyde, one of his nine children, in 1922 when he was about 80 years old. Clyde had a dowry and bought everyone else out. He was a carpenter and built several barns in Sevier County. His two sons, Harold and William Clyde “W.C.” eventually helped him finally pay off the property. The Clabough’s farm had cattle and grew enough wheat to feed the family, tomatoes, hay and a little cash crop like corn. Harold, now 90 years old, said, “We had a good life here on the farm. We always had plenty to eat.” Things got better during the Second New Deal in 1935, Roosevelt started the Farm Security Administration (FSA) which was an effort during the Depression to combat American rural poverty by helping poor farmers buy land, and that program continues to operate in the 21st century as the Farmers Home Administration. The goal was to make the farmer more efficient so the loans were used for new machinery, trucks, or animals, or to repay old debts. “We operated our own farm with horses – no tractors, no electricity,” said Harold. “We didn’t have indoor plumbing until 1948. That was a treat when we got that put in.” Born on November 1, 1923, Harold’s first memories of the property are of the original farmhouse built in the 1800s that is still standing and the pecan tree next to it. He and his brother, W.C., grew up working chores on the farm, but went on their separate career paths. Harold attended Pine Grove School and graduated with a class of 4 people, then worked at TVA for 9 years, taught school for 4 years and served in the military for 32 years. His brother, W.C., served the military in New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies, the Philippines and Spain. He was a veteran of World War II and after 17 years of service, received a medical discharge. Upon his death in the 1980s, the land came to be Harold’s. Little by little, the land being farmed shrank and in 1980 Harold started building the Campground, officially opening in 1981. Gradually, Harold acquired a little more land to build the store that still services campers today, offering Exxon gasoline and a small deli that the locals frequent as much as the out-of-town visitors. “We made good money out of the small campground so I decided to add more sites.” Harold was a sharp businessman and the Campground grew from 83 to 116 sites, and then 150 when new property was added. Today, Clabough’s Campground, has 325 camping sites plus cabin, cottage and vacation rentals. Harold and his wife of 58 years, who passed away in 2006, worked the business with their only daughter and son-in-law and two grandsons. After a career at First Federal and Rural Housing Authority, son-in-law Ronnie Russell took on the role of General Manager in 1978 and has overseen new water lines, new concrete patios, new sewer lines and updating the cabins every couple of years. “You cannot stay the same. You’ve got to work at making it better,” Ronnie said, “I want our campground to be known as the best one in the area. It’s like anything. You take care of it, because it’s all you have. Our goal is to try to make it better. People come here, and we are proud to say they leave happy.” The original farm was about 50 acres and today the property is about 50 acres. The Appalachian Mountains have seen a big boom as tourism took center stage for the Smokies, but really the families and their values have not changed. You still only need a handful of change to buy an ice cream and Harold’s philosophy of “you never hurt someone else to help yourself” shows up in every detail of the business. “We keep it clean. We have all the conveniences. If you have any problem while you are here, come see us,” said Harold. Throughout his long life, he has seen his childhood home evolve into a multi-facetted modern family-friendly vacation destination. While still active and on-site, it is younger generations that handle the day-to-day operations. Harold summed it best when he said, “The campers have been so good to us. Campers are good people.” ... more   less 

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Address: 405 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Region: United States > Tennessee > Sevier County > Pigeon Forge
Number of rooms: 320
Also Known As:
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