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10 Things You Don’t Want to Forget When Pigeon River Camping

Don’t get caught empty-handed! Make sure you include these must-bring items to your Pigeon River camping packing list.

Ground Cloth/Tarp

Although our campsites are raised above the ground, it is not a bad idea to still consider bringing a ground cloth or tarp. This will help built a barrier between your tent and any moisture found on the ground.

This barrier is not required, but it might help you be more comfortable inside your tent.

Bathing Suit

Swimming Pool at Pigeon River CampgroundWhen the weather starts to warm up, you will definitely wish you had your bathing suit when you stay at our campground. Not only are we located on the Little Pigeon River, we offer a full swimming pool for you to enjoy during your stay.

Surrounding our swimming pool, you will find several relaxing lounge chairs. This is perfect if you are a parent who wants to keep an eye on your kids or if you just want to lay out for a couple of hours.

This means that you are more than welcome to spend your time here splashing and playing in the water as if there isn’t a care in the world. Plus, relaxing and soaking up the sun is a perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors and natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

Click here to see more of the great amenities found at Pigeon River Campground.

kids fishing on the Pigeon RiverFishing Rod

One of our favorite ways to unwind and relax for a day is to grab a comfortable chair and our fishing pole and set up next to the river. Here, all you have to do is kick back and wait until a fish bites your line. The tranquil sounds of the water on the shoreline really do help you feel at peace.

Don’t forget, if you do want to go fishing, you still need to pick up a fishing license. You can do so this at any of these locations:

*Ace Hardware of Gatlinburg

*Smoky Mountain Angler

*WalMart SuperCenter

Cooler With Ice

Pigeon River camping cooler with iceYou probably already know that you will want to pack snacks and something to drink for when you are camping, but have you thought of a way to keep these items cold? If not, this is a reminder to pick up a large cooler and plenty of ice to store your drinks and food items until you are ready for them.

Your cooler doesn’t have to be too big, just large enough where you can fit sports bottles and food items that need to be kept chilled. Make sure you can close the lid of your cooler completely when it is packed. If not, you are letting heat in and the ice will melt.

Pigeon River camping tent at Pigeon River CampgroundAir Mattress Repair Kit

Air mattresses are a great way to create a comfortable sleeping space when you go camping. However, accidents happen and sometimes you will find a small hole in your mattress.

By remembering to pack an air mattress repair kit, you don’t have to sacrifice your comfort because you will be able to repair the hole before you go to sleep. This will also make it so you don’t wake up in the middle of the night to find your bed deflated and uncomfortable.

Bug Spray

kids exploring nature while Pigeon River campingNothing ruins a relaxing day outside than a pesky mosquito bite or annoying gnat that won’t leave you alone. Bit, you can avoid this by simply packing a bottle or two of bug spray to have on hand during your Pigeon River camping adventure.

Not only will this keep all those bothersome bugs away from you, it will also allow you to have a more pleasurable experience because you won’t have to worry about the itching discomfort of bug bites when you return home.

Private bathrooms at Pigeon River CampgroundPersonal Care Items

At Pigeon River Campground, you will have access to your own private bathroom during your stay. These bathrooms include a shower, toilet, and sink.

This means all you need to remember to bring when you stay here is your own toiletries and personal care items, including soap, shampoo, razors, and deodorant. You don’t have to worry about packing toilet paper, however, you do need to bring your own towel.

Access to the private bathrooms is included with your camping fee.


parent applying sunscreen to babyEven if it is a little cloudy outside, it is always important to remember to wear sunscreen when you go camping. Not only will this help you prevent any nasty and unwanted sunburns, it also helps keep your skin healthy and youthful looking.

We recommend using a sunscreen that is rated for sports and dries quickly. This will help you stay protected even if you start to sweat from being outside.

The options that come in the aerosol cans work best if your kids don’t want to stand still long enough for you to properly apply the lotion.

kids on tablet computer while Pigeon River campingPortable Battery Charger

Just because you are camping doesn’t mean that you have to lose all contact with your friends and loved ones back home. That is one of the reasons we proudly offer WiFi at the pavilion found at our Pigeon River campground.

However, all this texting and social media can quickly drain your phone or tablet’s battery. That is why we recommend that you bring a portable battery charger with you.

In addition to helping keep your phone or tablet charged, this will also help juice up your portable audio speaker or camera battery as well. Meaning, you won’t have to worry about your music stopping or missing that awesome photographic moment due to a dead battery.

Campsite Entertainment

group Pigeon River camping near Smoky MountainsAs we just mentioned, you might want to bring a portable radio or Bluetooth speaker for music during your camping trip, but you should also consider packing other campsite entertainment options. This can include a deck of cards, cornhole boards, hacky sacks, books, or anything else you may want to enjoy while you relax outdoors.

Remember, our Pigeon River campground offers a volleyball court, so you should think about bringing a ball to play with on it. This is good for passing the time and helping you connect with fellow campers over a friendly competition.

If you happen to forget any of these must-pack items at home, don’t worry. You can always pick up a few of them at our General Store! This is where you will find a variety of personal care items, snack foods, cold drinks, camping supplies, and more.

If you enjoyed reading this, check out our blog about the Top 3 Things to Do While Camping in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.