Top 5 Reasons to Go Camping Near Gatlinburg TN

With a mild climate, breathtaking scenery, and world famous wildlife, the greater Gatlinburg area is one the best places in the country to take a camping trip. If you’ve never gone camping near Gatlinburg TN before, you have a lot to look forward to! Here are the top five reasons to spend a weekend at Pigeon River Campground:  

1. The Perfect Way to Bond with Your Family

Few experiences are better for family bonding than camping. Getting away together in a natural environment with few distractions is the perfect way to reconnect with the ones you love. Camping also fosters team building, because cooperation is needed to set up your tent and gear. Families will love spending time exploring the area, cooking meals, and observing the wildlife. Spending a weekend at our campsite is a great way to introduce your kids to your favorite outdoor activities.

(See Also: 6 Ways to Make Tent Camping in the Smoky Mountains More Fun for Your Kids)

2. Convenient Location Near GatlinburgPhoto of the Great Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg.

The Smoky Mountains provide ample opportunities for hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities. When you choose to go camping near Gatlinburg TN, however, you have the advantage of being just 45 minutes away from all of the city’s excellent shops, restaurants, and attractions. Before or after your camping trip, you may want to visit some of the Gatlinburg area’s popular things to do, such as Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Ober Gatlinburg, Dollywood, and the Dixie Stampede Dinner Show. Our campsite is also just an hour away from Asheville, NC and Knoxville, TN, so you can take advantage of everything these cities have to offer as well.

3. Gives You a Break from Everyday Life

With work, school, emails, social media, traffic, and other aspects of modern life, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed once in awhile. Camping near Gatlinburg is one of the best ways to disconnect from your daily stressors, as it places you in a beautiful natural environment where you’re surrounded by trees and mountains rather than highways, office buildings, and strip malls. Just spending a few days in a natural setting allows you to relax and recharge.

4. A Variety of Camping Experiences to Choose From

At Pigeon River Campground, we offer guests several different camping options. You can bring your tent and other gear and stay at one of our 20 campsites. This gives you the traditional camping experience of sleeping outdoors in a scenic location. If you have a recreational vehicle, you can take advantage of our RV campsite, located on the bank of the Pigeon River. We also offer camping cabins complete with heat and AC, a covered porch, a refrigerator, and a microwave. Whether you choose tent camping, RV camping, or cabin camping, you’ll have access to all of our excellent campground amenities, including air conditioned bathrooms, fire pits, outdoor grills, WiFi, volleyball, and a swimming pool.

Family white water rafting on the Pigeon River near Gatlinburg.5. Close to Many Outdoor Activities

When you stay at Pigeon River Campground, you’ll be very close to a number of exciting things to do near Gatlinburg, including 800 miles of great hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That’s why our campground is a popular resting spot for people hiking the Appalachian Trail. Our campground is also steps away from Smoky Mountain Outdoors, the Pigeon River’s largest white water rafting company. Fans of adventure sports will also enjoy exhilarating ziplining and mountain biking at CLIMB Works.   

To get a sneak preview of what camping near Gatlinburg TN looks like, check out these virtual tours of Pigeon River Campground!

Jason Fishman is a writer and editor specializing in history, dining, travel and tourism. In his spare time, he enjoys science fiction, breakfast food and bad puns.