I needed a nice place to take the family away from the daily hustle and bustle of life, and this was exactly it. Every site has a picnic table, fire pit, and fire grate to cook on. My camp site was very spacious, as they all seemed to be. I never heard anyone being loud and never had to deal with the sound of generators. There are certain loops where generators are not allowed, if that is something you are looking for. Tent pads are gravel, so you don't need to worry about water buildup if it rains. There is no electricity at the sites (except a few for those that require it for medical equipment). This campground is surrounded by old growth forest; picture perfect.
There are flush- toilets, and the restrooms were cleaned everyday. Very impressed with the restroom cleanliness. No showers are available, although you can go into town and use showers at various facilities for little cost.
The Little River (like a really large stream) runs through the place, and the kids loved playing in it. If you are there on a hot day, it's a great place to cool off... the water was quite cold, actually, and this was in August. Although we didn't, there are great places to go fishing in the river, too. Fishing requires a Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license.
A small shop is on site where you can purchase firewood $6 , ice $2.50/ 10lbs bag (which you would be better served getting at the Food City in Gatlinburg, if you go back into town), a few snacks, and many standard camping supplies for a decent price, but small markup. Staff was helpful, knowledgeable, and respectful.
In short, skip the KOA (which is more expensive and in the middle of town) and stay at Elkmont in an actual forest. I will be returning here; hopefully many times.
- Also Known As:
- Elkmont Campground Hotel Gatlinburg