Gatlinburg East / Smoky Mountain KOA Holiday Campground Blog

Top Local Art Shops in Gatlinburg


Forget the novelty T-shirts and keychains — one of the best souvenirs from any trip is a handmade piece of art you can't find anywhere else. Gatlinburg is a hotspot for artisans, making it a great location to find something truly unforgettable. Whether a visit to some of the local artists is one of...

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Get reimbursed if it rains during your stay!


Give yourself peace of mind knowing you’ll be proactively reimbursed if rain [or heat] impacts your stay/experience. Through our partnership with Sensible Weather, the leading provider of weather protection in the travel and hospitality space, you can add a Weather Guarantee to your booking that...

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4 Tips for Planning a Romantic Camping Getaway


You and your loved one deserve to leave the hustle and bustle of your city behind for a while and enjoy a fun, relaxing and romantic getaway together. Couples camping near the Great Smoky Mountains is an excellent way to embrace love and the serenity of nature while you are away from the busyness of...

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Cable & Local TV Channel Guide


Catching up on tv shows or want to watch some movies while enjoying some downtime at the campground? Here's our Cable/Local TV List for reference.

How to Take A Self-Guided Tour of Great Smoky Mountains


Traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains? Take the opportunity to learn about the region's rich history and culture with the free TravelStorys app!The TravelStorys app is available for free on both iOS and android. Their self-guided audio tours utilize your phone's GPS to automatically share...

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Tips for Enjoying a Solar Eclipse While Camping


For the first time in seven years, the sun will go dark in one of nature’s greatest phenomena – a total solar eclipse! On Monday, April 8, 2024, the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth will align, putting the sky into epic and unforgettable temporary darkness. The eclipse will cross North America, passing...

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Now Open: New Campsites & Cabins!


The Gatlinburg East/Smoky Mountain KOA Holiday has expanded with 34 new RV sites, six Deluxe Cabins, and four premium tent sites. These new campsites are already hosting campers from near & far. The park is hosting a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, September 16 to commemorate this growth and...

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Top Tips For Camping With Your Pet


If you’re like most pet owners, you probably want to bring your furry friend along wherever you go. At KOA we want all members of the family to explore nature and enjoy a camping adventure – even the four-legged ones! Whether you’re planning on camping with your pet for the first time, or just need...

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Holiday Happenings for Your Gatlinburg Holiday Getaway


Gatlinburg is a unique and bustling city tucked into the base of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located so close to nature, Gatlinburg offers a large variety of ways to enjoy the holiday season in the mountains. Whether you're looking to adventure at the outdoor hub of Anakeesta, explore...

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Driving Directions to Our KOA


Welcome to Gatlinburg East/Smoky Mountain KOA Holiday! You're almost to your base camp for the great outdoors. Our mountain roads can sometimes be confusing, so be cautious when using a GPS. Use the below instructions to avoid back roads not fit for RVs:From I-81 (going South) At the 81/40 Split go...

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Three Ways to Stay at Gatlinburg East KOA Holiday


We have a spot with your name on it! Come and stay at Gatlinburg East Smoky Mountain KOA Holiday for an immersive experience in nature. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy the Maddron Trailhead minutes from the campground. The campground offers fun for the whole family with disc golf,...

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Hello From Gatlinburg East / Smoky Mountain KOA's New Host


We are excited to announce that Kampgrounds of America, Inc. has recently purchased Gatlinburg East / Smoky Mountain KOA. Please allow us to introduce your new host, Corey Wilkinson. Corey Wilkinson has spent his whole life at a KOA campground, from growing up camping at KOAs to starting his first...

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