Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains

Are you ready for an adventure? Camping in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, will provide the trip of a lifetime for families and couples. Gatlinburg East / Smoky Mountain KOA Holiday is the perfect place when you need somewhere to stay for a weekend getaway camping trip in Gatlinburg. The campground is only 17 miles from downtown, so there is easy access to nature's peacefulness and multiple fun and exciting attractions and entertainment. You and your family will have many opportunities to create memories that will last a lifetime.

A Way to Stay for Everyone
Make the most of your vacation with our KOA Campground as your home base. You will have your choice of spacious RV Sites, Tent Sites and Deluxe Cabins. Our ways to stay provide an experience for every kind of camper, from those who prefer more comfort and glamping to guests who like traditional tent camping. Choose from campsites like:

  • RV Sites: Enjoy our Back-In or Pull-Thru RV Sites with all their RV-friendly amenities that make camping easier. Our RV Sites have full hookups, picnic tables and fire pits. Some even have a KOA Patio®, giving you more room to spread out and relax.
  • Deluxe Cabins: Enhance your camping experience with a kitchenette or full kitchen and a full bathroom in one of the Deluxe Cabins. These cabins let you and your family enjoy luxury and comfort during your camping excursion.
  • Tent Sites: Want a more rustic camping experience? Our Tent Sites allow up to eight people per site. They have a fire pit, picnic table, sand tent pad and bear boxes to keep your belongings safe.

Additionally, if you have a furry friend you'd like to bring along for your trip, you can! Our campsites are pet-friendly, so your entire family can stay together.

Experience Exceptional Amenities
Gatlinburg East / Smoky Mountain KOA Holiday is one of the top Gatlinburg campgrounds. Situated on 16 landscaped acres, we offer several amenities to ensure campers have a variety of things to do and enjoy during their time at the campground. When you stay with us, check out:

  • Disc golf
  • Horseshoes
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool
  • KampK9® dog park
  • Hiking trailheads

Our KOA Campground in Gatlinburg also provides several special events during the season because we know that relaxing and having fun are essential while vacationing.

Explore Gatlinburg
Our campground is the ideal place to stay while exploring all that Gatlinburg offers. With the campground's proximity to local attractions and activities, you have plenty to do. Check out locations like:

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park: We are less than 10 minutes away from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, making us the perfect location for all your outdoor adventures. At the park, you can hike, whitewater raft, horseback ride, bike and picnic.
  • Adventure parks: Stay active with family-friendly adventure parks like Anakeesta and Ober Mountain. The two parks provide exciting activities. Anakeesta is your all-inclusive park with multiple dining, shopping and entertainment options like play areas, rollercoasters and gardens. Ober Mountain is perfect for winter activities like ice skating, skiing and snowboarding.
  • Downtown Gatlinburg: If you want a little bit of everything, visit downtown Gatlinburg for various shops, entertainment and restaurants. You and your family will enjoy sightseeing and the refreshing mountain air. You can also indulge in the local cuisine.
  • Gatlinburg Space Needle: While downtown, stop at the Gatlinburg Space Needle for a bird's-eye view of the city. The Space Needle has a 407-foot observation deck that provides a 360-degree perspective.
  • Ripley's attractions: Believe it or not, Ripley's has multiple attractions in Gatlinburg that provide fun for the whole family. Go down below to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies to see aquatic animals and have unique animal encounters. Believe It or Not Gatlinburg is another great attraction for you and the kids to marvel at different exhibits and artifacts.

Book Your Stay at Gatlinburg East / Smoky Mountain KOA Holiday Today
Whether you are traveling with kids and your four-legged friend or looking for a couples camping getaway, Gatlinburg East / Smoky Mountain KOA Holiday is here to be your base camp during your visit to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Bring your RV or tent, or stay in one of our Deluxe Cabins for an unforgettable time. Prepare for your vacation by reserving your stay today!

Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 120' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (5/29 - 9/2)
  • Propane ($)
  • Firewood ($)
  • Pavilion
  • Dog Park
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Ways to Stay

KOA Holiday

KOA Holiday Campgrounds

Whether you’re exploring the local area or hanging out at the campground, KOA Holidays are an ideal place to relax and play. There’s plenty to do, with amenities and services to make your stay memorable. Plus, you’ll enjoy the outdoor experience with upgraded RV Sites with KOA Patio® and Deluxe Cabins with full baths for camping in comfort. Bring your family, bring your friends, or bring the whole group – there’s plenty of ways to stay and explore.

KOA Holidays Feature:

  • RV Sites with a KOA Patio®
  • Deluxe Cabins with full baths
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Group meeting facilities

Latest Hot Deal

Hero Discount

Gatlinburg East/Smoky Mountain KOA Holiday is proud to offer a special Thank You to all military veterans, service men and women, police, firefighters and first responders with 10% off their reservation.   Valid military, state or federal service ID is required at check in.

Terms & Conditions:  This discount cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers including KOA Rewards.   Minimum length of stay rules may apply.  Not valid on stays of 28 days or more.  Discount applied to site registration fees only. 

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Local Area

Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Gatlinburg is one of the most popular entrance points into The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can take a day trip to explore some of the most famous destinations within the park, or you can avoid the crowds with a hike that starts right on the campground! Leave your vehicle on the campground (and avoid the parking fees), then take the short walk down a gravel road to the trailhead for Maddron Bald Trail. This trail heads into an undeveloped section of the national park, where you'll pass a few historic structures before climbing the path up past babbling mountain streams and into an old growth forest. Ask the front desk staff for more information and be sure to bring a map!


Rafting In The Smokies

Let The Adventure Begin!

Rafting in the Smokies offers your group the adventure of a lifetime in the Great Smoky Mountains!  We've been the whitewater rafting experts since 1978 providing exciting thrills on the Pigeon River.  Your group will choose wild or mild for the rafting trip and continue the adventure on our Zipline, Ropes Challenge Course and the brand new Rock Climbing Wall

813 E Parkway

Gatlinburg, TN .7753




Outdoor Adventures

Come ready for fun and we'll do everything else! Whitewater excitement or relaxing floats. Fun and memorable rafting experiences. Our beautiful location on the river makes your experience the best.Cool off with Outdoor Adventures! Guided White Water Rafting on the Big Pigeon River in Eastern Tennessee bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our crew rafts near Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville in Tennessee. Rafting trips are perfect for creating unforgettable memories while visiting the Smokies with friends, families and groups.  Highly trained and entertaining guides maneuver you on the Pigeon River through exciting white water. Prefer a leisure float? Enjoy a gentle trip with your small children in a steady current. The choice is yours. Either way, come ready for fun and we'll do everything else! We take great pride in our customer service, quality equipment, and beautiful location on the river.

3635 Trail Hollow Road

Hartford, TN 37753




Climb Works

CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains 
CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains, a true treetop canopy tour, consists of 9 world-class ziplines, unique sky bridges, a fun ATV adventure to the top, and a surprise at the end – making this the ultimate Smoky Mountain experience. Soaring tree to tree, you'll see why the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited national park in the country.Our Mountain Biking course allows you to see the Smokies from a totally different perspective. We provide the trail, the bikes, and the experience. It's simple: Come. Rent. Ride.

155 Branam Hollow Rd. Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Gatlinburg, TN 37738




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