monicafollowell

monicafollowell

March 19, 2021
Rated 4.0

This park offers great hiking and outdoor activities. We camped in our 30 ft RV. Note that some campsites are paved with gravel and others are paved with dirt. We stayed in site 15, which happened to be gravel. I was thankful for that because it rained while we were there. You might want to call for a site reservation for gravel.

The park ranger was helpful to point out trails that my family would enjoy. There are lots of trails to choose from whether biking or walking. The trails each have a uniqueness to them. At the pond the park offers a variety of activities. We went in mid-March so the peddle boats ($10/hour) were offered for that time of year. They also had paddle boards and kayaks for warmer months.

The bathrooms were older, but clean. Plenty of hot water. At the RV sites there were water and electric hook ups, no sewer. The gnats were pretty bothersome at times. If the breeze picked up they were unnoticeable. We were told that the mosquitos get awful later in the season. Overall, we would go back for the hiking and outdoor time!

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March 19, 2021
Rated 5.0

Purely majestic and tranquil! We camped in an RV at a campground in Pigeon Forge (mid-March). We took the trolley to the Gaitlinburg Visitor Center then the Gaitlinburg trolley to Gailtlinburg Trail head. Most of the trails are accessible through the Sugarland Visitor Center, but the trolley doesn't run all year long to the visitor center so we had to walk. Its about a 2 mile walk from Gaitlinburg to Sugarland. Since we were short on time after that we hiked Cataract Falls then hiked back to Gaitlinburg. We were limited on time, but it was worth it! We did take the scenic drive through the Smoky Mountains hoping to hike Clingman's Dome but it was closed. The park is stunning though! We will go back!

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March 19, 2021
Rated 5.0

It is my understanding that this RV park is recently renovated. It was beautifully clean, landscaped and manicured. The attendants were friendly as well. The sites were back-in (be mindful of that if you have trouble backing in). Being in a Class C RV we enjoyed and utilized the trolley stop out front every day. We did have trouble with the trolley running on time or regularly because of traffic, but the trolley drivers were very hospitable. My kids enjoyed the basketball court and playground. Bathrooms were clean but we noticed that the hot water was limited to about 3 showers. However, our water and electricity to the RV were great. Laundry room was nice as well ($1.50/wash and $1.50/dry).

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March 19, 2021
Rated 4.0

This was a fun little stop. It was informative, quiet and quick. The drive to it was beautiful as well. Keep in mind the drive is not great for those who get carsick. It is a windy drive. The park is a great place for a picnic though. My kids enjoyed the video display of this archeological find that is shown inside the museum. I wouldn't make the trip again, but am glad we included it!

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March 19, 2021
Rated 5.0

This was a delightful campground. When we arrived the power and water were out, but they worked tirelessly to get it back on. We stayed right next to the playground and our kids played endlessly. On the grounds were a herd of bison that we made the short hike to. They also have a small museum in the visitor center that details the history of the Bone Lick. My kids learned a great deal. We did not make it to the salt springs, but know that is an option. Camp was clean and pleasant.

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March 19, 2021

We stopped here with my family in an RV. The parking lot was great to accommodate our oversized vehicle. Even with COVID protocols, everything was seamless. My kids particularly enjoyed the playground. It was very creative. The Ark was impressive too. It provided a lot of talking points for our family. Do note that this is more than an attraction but is an illustration of what they believed took place and an evangelism tool. Within the Christian faith they hold a very narrow view of scripture and allow no room for other prospectives. It's their literal view or hell. Just know what you are getting yourself into and that there are other views. The Ark Encounter is a display of creativity, imagination and workmanship. It is quite impressive, but I would not "buy" all the answers they presume from their interpretation of scripture.

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