Your Family Camping Retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains

Come spend quality time with your family and ours on the quiet side of the Smokies.

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Big Rig Friendly

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Pull through concrete pads and patio sites

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Year-Round RV Storage

Nestled between the stunning Great Smoky Mountains and the Little River sits the refuge you’ve been waiting for. Since 1995, this historic farmland now serves as the setting for the new memories you’ll share with your family and friends.

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Disconnect from your everyday life and connect with the people you love.

AWARD WINNING

Don’t risk your Great Smoky Mountains vacation with anyone else. Our award-winning campground has been recognized by some of the biggest names in travel, including Trip Advisor and Trailer Life/Good Sams.

Come see why the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds named us its National Small Park of the Year in 2013 and 2019.  According to Paul Bambei, CEO and President of the National Association of RV Parks and Campground, “The park that receives this award is a wonderful destination park with fantastic amenities and more importantly the owners and staff continually provide over-the-top customer service.” Big Meadow Family Campground is a pinnacle in the industry.

Tripadvisor gives a "Travelers' Choice" award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earns great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

 

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That’s why we want you to focus on your experience and leave the amenities to us.  Whether you’re coming in an RV or a big rig, need easy access to your campsite, or you’re bringing your furry best friend, Big Meadow Family Campground has all the amenities you need to have the Smoky Mountain trip of your dreams.

Top of the Line Amenities

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Big rig friendly

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Pull through concrete pads and patio sites

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30/50 AMPs service

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Gated park with 24-hour security

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Climate Controlled Bathhouse & Laundry Room

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Splash Pad & Playground

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Fenced Dog Park

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Propane Available

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Pavilion

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Workout Room

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Free Wi-Fi Access

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Cable TV with Major Channel Line Up

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Me‼️Haven’t been in years.

Shari Waak!!

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Absolutely awesome

Looks awesome!!

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Beautiful

Wow! Looks great!!

Fantastic!

Love it!

Very cool

Shari Waak: THIS is the awesome campground mentioned earlier!!

Beautiful. Where is it going?

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‼️ Dont Forget to join us for another Kiwanis pancake breakfast ‼️

To kick off the day before the Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Kiwanis are hosting an amazing pancake breakfast for everyone here in the campground. The breakfast will take place in the Pavilion from 8:00am-10:00am on Saturday, August 20th. Make sure to come hungry! 🥞☕️Image attachmentImage attachment

‼️ Don't Forget to join us for another Kiwani's pancake breakfast ‼️

To kick off the day before the Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Kiwanis are hosting an amazing pancake breakfast for everyone here in the campground. The breakfast will take place in the Pavilion from 8:00am-10:00am on Saturday, August 20th. Make sure to come hungry! 🥞☕️
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Looking forward to it!

Best pancakes in town

Interesting History
Many loggers families lived in portable houses that were moved by train to different areas as they were being harvested. These houses were located right on the train tracks because the terrain was so steep, and because the log loader couldnt reach very far from the train tracks.
The railroad tracks were in front of our house and the river was in back, recalls Gladys Oliver Burns, whose father worked for the Little River Lumber Company. We were really in a dangerous situation, but we didnt realize that; we didnt know.
We were happy, actually. We had a happy life.
These mobile communities of portable houses became known as stringtowns, and they were located at various places in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Interesting History
Many loggers' families lived in portable houses that were moved by train to different areas as they were being harvested. These houses were located right on the train tracks because the terrain was so steep, and because the log loader couldn't reach very far from the train tracks.
"The railroad tracks were in front of our house and the river was in back," recalls Gladys Oliver Burns, whose father worked for the Little River Lumber Company. "We were really in a dangerous situation, but we didn't realize that; we didn't know.
"We were happy, actually. We had a happy life."
These mobile communities of portable houses became known as stringtowns, and they were located at various places in the Great Smoky Mountains.
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Although there are questions regarding its original purpose, this structure was once owned by the Little River Lumber Company. It is currently interpreted as a railroad “setoff” house with the interior designed according to the memories of someone who lived in such a house as a child. So, what is a setoff house? Quite simply, it was a one-room shack that could be picked up or dropped off a railroad flatcar by use of a crane. Typically “set off” the flatcar in rows along the railroad tracks, this type of housing for railroad workers was uncomfortable, noisy, and often dangerous. This is just one of the historic structures you can see in the Heritage Center’s historic village! #smokies_heritage ... See MoreSee Less

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I was supposed to be there next week…

I wish! I miss those days spent at our home away from home 😃

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Live here

Next weekend!!

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Awe she’s such a beautiful fur person in her new hat!

Poor Nikki - she’s such a love. 🥰

She is a sweetie!!

What have y'all been feeding that cat? She is huge 😂

Love it!!!

Looking good Nikki!!!

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It is going to be a beautiful weekend! Make your reservation online www.bigmeadowcampground.com or call us 865-448-0625. Also, make sure to make your reservations at River Rat right beside us to tube down the Little River!!

It is going to be a beautiful weekend! Make your reservation online or call us 865-448-0625. Also, make sure to make your reservations at River Rat right beside us to tube down the Little River!! ... See MoreSee Less

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We so enjoyed our visit with you for 10 days!!!

Are you still charging the $25.00 rip off fee to reserve the site you already picked out when you made your original reservation? Would love to come back there but not willing to pay an additional fee to reserve a spot I already paid for.

Will be visiting soon. Love the area.

Such a great place to camp. Close enough to Pigeon Forge but far enough away to avoid the traffic and crowds.

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Come spend quality time with your family and ours on the quiet side of the Smokies.