Overall, this is a nice campground. They have activities throughout the summer for families to take advantage of. The lake is an 80-acre, no-wake lake with a spacious, clean swimming beach. They have canoe, paddle-boat, and row-boat rentals for $7 per hour. This was our second time to camp here. The first time we camped at the north campground, which has absolutely beautiful lake front sites (171-191). However, the bathhouse was old, dirty, and full of bugs. This time we stayed on a "lake front" site in the south campground. The view was obscured by trees, but there was a trail down to the lake. We could fish there, but swimming was not an option because the lake is full of seaweed type plants in that area. However, the bathhouse in the south campground was immaculate. It was nice, new, and very clean. All in all, we really like this campground. Choose the north campground if you like great views and access to the lake. Choose the south if you like a very clean bathhouse.
AWESOME PARK! After driving through several parks in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas, we thought we would never find anything with any significant shade. We were so pleased to find this park. Our site actually backed into the edge of the Smoky Mountains National Park! The landscaping was beautiful, with many flowers in bloom. The bathrooms, which are centrally located, were absolutely the finest I have seen at any campground. They were spotless!!! I can't emphasize this enough. It seemed as if someone was there to immediately clean up after anyone used the restroom or shower. The owners were extremely nice and accommodating. The only drawbacks were that the heater for the pool and the hot tub was broken, making the pool a little chilly and the hot tub not worth using. However, the owner indicated that the heater would be repaired soon. All in all, this was a wonderful camping experience that we would recommend highly to anyone.
The best part about this park was the number of trees and naturally shady sites, like you find at most state parks. Some sites are close, but the one we chose was very spacious. This is a first-come, first-served campground, which does not accept reservations. They have three different campgrounds, one of which is only 20 amp electric service, and is reserved for only tents and pop-ups. They have very large pool which is available to campers for a fee of $1.50 per person per day. The biggest drawback to the pool is that it is open to anyone (for a fee of $3.00 per person) and this makes for a really crowded pool, especially on the weekends. All sites have stone picnic tables, fire rings with a flip-up cooking grill, and a free-standing charcoal grill. The bath houses were the main drawback to this campground. They were filthy and in need of major repairs. Another drawback - although this is not all the fault of the campground management - is some of the other campers and their behavior. Quiet hours were not observed, and made it nearly impossible to sleep in our pop-up on some nights. They need to have someone enforce the campground rules. Also, there seem to be no rules on how many campers can camp on each site. We saw four tents and several cars at one campsite. On top of the nightly fee is a 50 cent per person per day access fee.
This is truly a beautiful park. The sites are some of the largest I have ever seen, and the waterfront sites are spectacular! All sites are paved and have water 20/30 amp with others sites have 20/30/50 amp electric with a stone picnic table and fire ring with cooking surface. The lakefront sites are really on all-sports J. Percy Priest lake. You can anchor your boat or personal watercraft right on your campsite. There is a small swimming beach and boat ramp onsite. The beach and entire recreation area are reserved for registered campers, which is a nice contrast to the Cook Day Use area, another Corp of Engineers recreation area about 10 minutes away, which is packed with day-trippers on weekends. However, you do receive free access to the Corp of Engineers day use areas with your camping pass. The only minus here were the bathrooms. Contrary to other reviews, we found them very messy and in need of attention. However, the sheer beauty and spaciousness of the campground merits a high rating.