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 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.

Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 60' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (5/27 - 9/2)
  • 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

Hero Discount

Townsend/Great Smokies 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

This world-renowned park has something for everyone! Hike and horseback ride over hundreds of miles of maintained trails. Take an auto tour of the area and enjoy spectacular views at the many overlooks. Fish for trout on over 700 miles of fishable streams! Tour 78 historic buildings to get a taste of American history. Enjoy waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife viewing - don't forget your camera! Open year-round. No entrance fee.


Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

Explore and celebrate the cultural heritage of East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains Region with a tour of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Featuring gallery exhibits, educational programs, demonstrations and festivals that guide you on an historic journey through time.

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

P.O. Box 268

Townsend, TN 37882-0268




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




Distillery Tours

The Smoky Mountain region is famous for the alcoholic spirits that have been distilled in the mountains for hundreds of years. Today, modern distilleries are producing moonshine in an endless array of flavors including apple pie, sweet tea, pina colada, blackberry, and many more. There are numerous distilleries in the area that offer a chance to sample moonshine. 

Just down the road from the campground, you'll find distilleries that serve bourbon, gin, and flavored spirits. You can taste their spirits with a brand ambassador, fill your own bottle with a master distiller, order a signature cocktail, take a bottle home from their bottle shop, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy special events.


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