Retreat to the peaceful side of the Smoky Mountains with a stay at Townsend/Great Smokies KOA Holiday!

One of the premier campgrounds in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the Townsend/Great Smokies KOA offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lush forests. Nestled up against the Little River, this campground provides a great setting for relaxing, putting your feet up and enjoying nature after a hard day of hiking, fishing or exploring the local area.
Upgrade your RV experience with a stay in one of our NEW KOA Patio Sites! These full hookup, pull-through, RV sites are the largest on the campground and feature a patio and built in fire pit. We also offer a wide range of water/electric and tent camping site areas; ranging from semi-sunny to heavily wooded and secluded.
Don't want to rough it? Reserve one of our cozy log Camping Cabins or Deluxe Cabins. Our Deluxe Cabins are the ultimate in cabin camping; featuring private bedroom(s), bathroom, patio with a grill, and full linens. Additional amenities include a laundry, swimming pool, two very clean bathhouses, a modern playground for the little ones, a covered pavilion equipped with a beautiful stone fireplace, a basketball court, wireless internet, bicycle rentals and more.

The outdoor recreation opportunities never end at Townsend KOA! Rent a bike and explore the beautiful 5-mile long Townsend Bike Trail, featuring historic locations throughout and conveniently located across the road from our campground. With 1,650 feet of river frontage, you can camp with easy access to the Little River, which flows directly out of the National Park. The river is excellent for swimming or tubing and is well known for great trout fishing

Plan enough time in your trip to the Smoky Mountains to visit our neighboring campgrounds, including: the lively Pigeon Forge KOA Holiday and scenic Cherokee/Great Smokies KOA Holiday.

Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 60' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (5/23 - 9/9)
  • Snack Bar ($)
  • Propane ($)
  • Fishing ($)
  • Firewood ($)
  • Pavilion
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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

Big Weekend

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WHEN: May 12-13, 2023

WHAT: Stay Friday night, May 12th at a participating campground, and get Saturday night, May 13th for just $20*.

WHY: The Big Weekend helps raise funds to send kids with cancer to medically-supervised camps all across North America. Kids fighting cancer deserve a chance to attend a summer camp and to just be a kid again. Funds raised from May 13 support the KOA Care Camps Trust which distributes more than $1 million dollars annually to support 125+ Care Camps each year. Learn more at

* Only at participating KOA locations. Applies to one-site, for two consecutive nights at the same KOA. Sites may be limited. Not valid with other discounts.

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Local Area


Tubing the Little River is the most popular water activity in this area. Our KOA is located on the Little River, so tubing fun is just a short walk away! Ask one of our staff about local tube rentals.


Cades Cove

Known as one of the most popular focal points in Smoky Mountain National Park, Cades Cove is a scenic 11 mile loop. The loop is a biker's paradise; not only is it scenic, it is closed to everyone except bikers and runners until 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Cades Cove Loop Road

Townsend, TN 37882




Wild Laurel Golf Course

For those of you that love to golf, Townsend has a wonderful golf course located at the Laurel Valley Community Club. It boasts a scenic 18-hole course, along with a pro shop and club rental. The course is bordered by the Smoky Mountain National Park and the Laurel Lake Nature Preserve, offering gorgeous views and many opportunities for wildlife sightings.

702 Country Club Drive

Townsend, TN 37882





If fishing is your thing, then we have plenty of it! You can fish right from our campground, or if you like fly-fishing put your waders on and take a trip into the national park. We have several local shops that cater to the fisherman's needs. You could stop by The Backcountry, which is just a short ½ block walk from our campground, or visit the Little River Outfitter Shop where they have fly fishing classes.

106 Town Square Drive

P.O. Box 505

Townsend, TN 37882




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