What a wonderful campground! We've stayed at three other campgrounds in Townsend, but this is the only one we would highly recommend. The staff is very friendly and helpful (one helped me position my camper just right). They were observed each day cleaning up around the grounds and the bathhouses were almost always immaculate. The riverfront sites were wonderful, though ours could have been a bit more level (reason for an 8 instead of a 10). Still, with its close location to the GSMNP and being away from the road, it made for a great stay. We will be visiting again in August and plan to return frequently.
I consider Disney's Fort Wilderness a 10, so hopefully that gives you an idea of just how nice this park is. The sites have concrete slabs which are intact and level; many sites are nicely landscaped by their owners. The park is very shady with many mature trees. Being located on the Calibogue sound, there was usually a nice soft breeze. The owners were great, giving us a golf cart to scout out a site we'd like before pulling into the campground proper. The hook-ups were in good shape and I was able to set up our Hybrid Travel Trailer rather quickly. The bathhouses were clean, though a bit dated. The WiFi was a bit weak, even though we selected a site as close as possible to one of the three "hot spots" in the park. These are the only negatives I could list. The onsite restaurant, The Sunset Grill, had good food, though a bit pricey for the quality. It is rather small, so reservations are strongly recommended. We clocked the distance to the nearest public beach access, Driessen Park, and it was about 7 miles. It's a very nice beach park, but parking is $0.50/hour and there is still a good walk from the parking area to the beach, but it's an easy one and well worth the walk. There are changing rooms and showers there as well. Overall, we really enjoyed this RV Park and the four nights we stayed on the island. We will very likely return.
I would have rated this campground much better if not for the lousy condition of the bathrooms. Otherwise, the campground was decent, but not quite nice. The sites were well spaced apart and had a lot of shade trees. Many sites were long enough for our friends' 38' fifth wheel, but the paved pads were not long enough to have the whole trailer off of the dirt, which became mud when the rain came. Even our 24' trailer was off of the blacktop pad. As a Tennessee State Park campground, no reservations were accepted and the park filled up quickly on Friday night; with many locals from what we were told. The campground was pretty much unattended; you picked an open site, set up, then paid in a self-pay station. The ranger did drive through a couple of times in the three days we were there and I did see the bathroom attendant twice. Still it would be better to have someone that you could contact in case there was a problem with the site, the bathrooms, or just an unrully neighbor. The park pool is not within an easy walking distance, probably like a quarter mile uphill from the campground entrance. It's open to the public and even campers have to pay for admission. We didn't visit it. We did ride a bit on some good mountain bike trails; that's a big plus for this campground if you're a single-tracker. Also the boat ramp was just a mile or so away if you had a boat. There was ample shopping available just a few miles away on the Andrew Johnson Highway and several restaurants as well.