This campground is fine for a short stay. It rained a lot while we were there and water was standing, that part was terrible. The people in the office are nice enough. They left our packet outside so we could do a late night check in. Really don't like the looks of the long-term section, but I guess you find that at a lot of campgrounds these days. At least they are segregated from the campers. We have stayed here before and would stay there again as we pass through Chattanooga occasionally.
We camped here because we were having tow equipment installed on our coach and dinghy. I would never stay here for any other reason. The sites are very tight. It's next door to a motel with very bright flood lights so be sure to find a campsite as far from that side of the park as possible. There are long-term, raggedy and run-down campers in here. And it's extremely loud. There is a race track within a stone's throw. We pulled in on Friday evening and the roar of the race cars was unbelievable. It went on until about 11:00 PM. We could also hear practice runs during the day on Saturday, but it wasn't nearly as loud. On a positive note, there are some nice big trees in the park. And it's conveniently located. We were without transportation and were able to walk to a restaurant and also to a flea market.
This campground was clean and well run. The people in the office are very friendly. The sites are close together in the lower part of the park but because of the way they are angled, it doesn't seem so bad. We stayed in the very back up on the hill. It was a little steep getting up there but we made it fine. Those are the best sites in my opinion because they are more spacious, and the view is nice. Definitely not a park for bike riding--too steep. Only saw a couple of children there.
This campground is good if you really want to do some rustic camping. No hook-ups at all, but Section B does allow some generator use. It's a large campground with virtually no security. The sites are quite roomy but there is very little privacy between the sites in the form of shrubbery, etc. The rangers are very strict regarding proper storage of food because of the bears, but other than that it appears that about anything goes in this campground. Lots of barking dogs, and pet owners do not pick up after their dogs. I do appreciate the new reservation system they have implemented through which you can reserve a specific site. You just can't beat the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. We took the Cades Cove hayride, and it was very pleasant. Highly recommend it.
There are so many positives to list about this campground, most of which have been mentioned in previous reviews. It is beautiful, quiet, and spotlessly clean (grounds and facilities). I won't elaborate because previous reviewers have covered those areas quite thoroughly. Security is excellent. One reviewer said that the gate would not open after 8:00 PM, but that was not the case while we were there. For such a small campground (only 26 sites) it is very professionally run. Extremely friendly and helpful personnel. The pull-through sites are on the small side and close to one another, but because of the way they are terraced into the side of the mountain, there appears to be a good amount of privacy. We were on site 26, one of the five back-in sites up on a ridge above the rest of the campground. To me, it was the second most desireable site in the park. Site 22 would have been my first choice. They are in the process of expanding the campground even farther up the side of the mountain, and those sites will have some awesome views. If you are going to camp here in a tent, I recommend site T-4. It feels like you're in a big treehouse. The town of Black Mountain is only 10 minutes away, and you've just got to pay it a visit. We went there two days in a row. I do agree with previous reviewers that this isn't a good choice for campers with children. There is no pool or playground, plus the campground is so steep that children can't really ride their bikes. We were there 4 days and only saw one child, about 3 or 4 years old, with her grandparents. When we bring our grandchildren with us, we obviously want a child-friendly campground. But when we don't have children with us, we actually appreciate a campground like this that appears to cater more to an adult clientele. The only negative I have to voice about this campground is the scary entrance that others have mentioned. The left turn into the facility is on a blind curve. If they would clear out some tree limbs, a driver would be able to look through the trees to see if there was any oncoming traffic. Or perhaps they could convince the city to make the intersection into a three-way stop. That being said, we never saw any traffic coming from that direction, so maybe it is such a rarely traveled road that it is a moot point.