The Townsend / Great Smokies KOA did provide a stay in a rental cabin to facilitate this review.
Family Vacation To Townsend And The Great Smoky Mountains
We love the Smoky Mountains. We usually take an annual camping trip in the summer time but we were recently blessed with the opportunity to stay at a KOA cabin which was much needed since my father-in-law was coming too. 5 people and 3 generations squeezed into one tent would have been no fun! Our KOA cabin was located in Townsend, TN, which is know as the Peaceful Side of the Smoky Mountains. Townsend is for nature lovers! It is a peaceful place to stay at the foot of the Smokies that offers all the amenities a nature lover could want- fishing, tubing, mountain views, hikes, horseback riding, and more with less of the crowds and commercialism. Townsend is also very close to Gaitlinburg, TN so you can make an easy day trip over there if you want to have a bit fancy food, shopping, and entertainment.
Townsend / Great Smokies KOA Deluxe Cabin Rental
We stayed at a Deluxe Cabin at the Townsend / Great Smokies KOA. Deluxe cabins can vary by KOA location but ours included a bathroom with shower, towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner dispensers, and a hair dryer. Our Townsend KOA deluxe cabin also had a partial kitchen with microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, dishes (no pots), utensils, dishrack, dish soap, and paper towels, a large flat screen TV with cable in living area, a small flat screen TV with cable in bedroom, a gas BBQ Grill, an in-ground fire ring, and an outdoor patio area with table and chairs. The cabin also had heating, cooling, and a ceiling fan.
The deluxe cabins are designed to sleep up to 6 people. I hear pet units are available but we didn’t test that out. Our Townsend KOA deluxe cabin had a sleeping loft area with two twin mattresses that could be pushed together or separate, a bedroom with a queen bed, and a pull out couch with double mattress. Plenty of linens were provided. The loft area was great for our kids. My husband and I took the queen bed in the bedroom and my father-in-law tried out the pull out bed from the living room couch. Everyone fit comfortably.
The Townsend KOA deluxe cabin had everything we needed so we just had to pack clothes and a cast iron skillet. The cabin was located right on the crystal clear Little River so we had great views and could listen to the relaxing sound of the river. Another one of the great things about a cabin rental at the Townsend KOA is that you get access to the campground amenities.
Townsend / Great Smokies KOA Ammenities
Amazing View and Access To River
The deluxe cabins are located right on the river’s edge. Not only do you get a great view, but you also get river access. Little River is perfect for tubing and swimming (only about waist deep in most areas) during warm weather seasons and I know that if it had been any warmer we would have had plenty of time in that crystal clear river. As it was still a bit cool, we didn’t swim but my kids loved crossing the shallow part of the river onto the island in front of our cabin and playing in their own little world.
The Townsend Great Smokies KOA has the MOST AMAZING PLAYGROUND! Located at the center of the campground, the Townsend KOA playground is a huge attraction and there were always lots of other kids at the playground for my kids to play with. There is an awesome treehouse playground structure with multiple small treehouses hollowed out of tree trunks on the bottom level and multiple treehouses built above with connecting bridges, slides and rope ladders. I loved it. I think it may be the coolest playground I have come across. There was also a large swings section, a huge lower rock climbing wall section, a super tall rock climbing fixture, and a “log roll” play fixture.
- Horseshoes area with horseshoes available to check out from office
- Basketball area
- Dog Run
- Pavilion with seating
- Pool (5/23 – 9/9)
- Snack Bar ($)
- Propane ($)
- Fishing Access
- Firewood ($)
- Bike Rentals ($)
- Tour Shuttle ($)
- Family Activity Area along the river with bench swings and flat area to play/ picnic
- Ice Cream and Fudge shop
- Planned Recreation Activities during summer months
- Tube Rentals
For more info on the Townsend / Great Smokies KOA or to book a stay, please visit the KOA website.
Townsend Smoky Mountains Activities
There are lots of activities you can do from your base location in Townsend, TN. After all, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park awaits you!
“Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.”
We visited Cades Cove and checked out the old historic buildings. It was fun to see the old blacksmith building, a wooden mill, a smokehouse, barns, and a farmhouse. My son also had fun running around the fields at Cades Cove with a fabulous view of the Smoky Mountains. Can you spot him? He looks like an ant!
We hiked up to 80-foot high Laurel Falls. The round trip distance to the waterfall is 2.6 miles and the hike is considered moderate in difficulty. We did with our 6 year old and 9 year old. There are some parts that made my daughter a little frightened of heights but it was fun and a great view.
We also drove over to Cherokee, NC and up to Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Have you visited the Great Smoky Mountains before? What were your favorite things to do and see in the Smokies?