Up The Creek RV Camp is located
off Wears Valley Road just minutes from the bustling
Pigeon Forge strip. The "RV camp" is convenient to all
the tourist attractions, yet the setting is extremely
quiet and peaceful. You might notice they don't all it a
campground, and they don't call it an RV park either.
It's called an "RV camp." That term is very fitting.
Up The Creek RV Camp is bordered by two creeks: Waldens
Creek to the north, and Cove Creek to the south. Both
creeks flow very nicely providing a constant relaxing
ambiance. This was most assuredly a Native American camp
at some time in the past. The conditions are just
perfect. We chose the RV sites to the south because
there is nothing but a large grassy field on the
opposite side of the creek. Honestly though, there is
really not a bad site in the park.
With regards to amenities, other than those at your RV
site, there are none. There is no bath house, no
laundry, no game room, no pavilion, no hay rides, no
organized "children's activities, and no playground. To
some, the lack of these features is an issue. For us
(other than the laundry) we think this part of the
park's appeal. For instance, while there are certainly
kids in the park, the place isn't swarming with them.
Also, the lack of activities and amenities forces
families to enjoy the creeks and open play areas more.
At any rate, this is Pigeon Forge, so If you get bored,
simply hop in the car and within minutes you can be
doing about anything your heart desires.
Over the years, we have stayed at about half a dozen RV
parks and campgrounds in this area. Up The Creek RV Camp
is now our favorite. We can't wait to come back in
warmer weather so we can search the creeks for fossils,
artifacts, and gemstones.
We still love rockhounding!
Entry Date: December 2013
There is something very special about
the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, and
Pigeon Forge Tennessee during the Christmas holiday. It's an
area we like to visit because of the scenery, lights, and
numerous family activities. Throughout the years we have
stayed at a number of campgrounds and RV parks local to this
area, but this year we decided to try new place called Up
The Creek RV Camp. First of all, the designation of "RV
Camp" is unique. We're not big fans of RV parks, and that
simple designation of being an RV camp caught my attention.
Online pictures we found of Up The Creek RV Camp made us
even more curious about the place. In some ways, it looked
too good to be true, so we had to check it out for
We headed for Up the Creek
RV Camp on Friday, two days after Christmas. Because of the park's
proximity to Pigeon Forge, we decided to take the always-crowded bumper
to bumper Sevierville route. Our typical route through Townsend and
Wears Valley Road is, in places, steep, narrow, and curvy. Driving a
larger motorhome and pulling the Jeep influenced my decision. I can't
help but think it was a bad decision though. This diversion added at
least an hour to our trip.
When we arrived at Up the
Creek RV Camp, it was cold and wet. But even with its sparse winter
foliage, the property looked very inviting. The “camp” motif with the
log cabin office, an old covered wagon, and various tastefully placed
conifers and shrubs works very well. I was checked in and set up in our
Creekside RV site in just minutes. The site had full hookups including
cable, but with a pretty clear view of the southern sky, we opted for
our satellite instead. The site also featured a concrete pad, fire ring,
and very nice wrought iron patio furniture. Unlike many Creekside RV
sites, Up The Creek features nice large spaces with Evergreen trees and
shrubbery providing privacy between sites. When they designed this
place, they did it right. Directly behind our camper was one of the two
creeks that frame the campground. It was substantial with a nice water
flow, crystal clear water, and lots of rocks to study. Across the Creek
from our Campsite was a large grassy field that reminded me of Cades
Cove at times. It's really a very peaceful and beautiful place.
Within Up The Creek RV
Camp, there are few amenities. There is no laundry room (the one thing I
suggest they add), no pool, no game room, no trampolines, no hayrides,
and no organized activities. For some the lack of these features may be
a problem. For us, no. The Creeks alone provide lots of entertainment.
We can't wait to come back during warmer weather to rockhound and fish.
Towards the back of the property is a large natural area, perfect for a
picnic or spontaneous wiffleball or corn hole game. This is truly a
beautiful piece of property, something the Native Americans also
acknowledged. Numerous artifacts have been found on this property, and
some are on display in the office.
Up the Creek RV Camp proved
to be a perfect home base on this trip. It's far enough off the beaten
path to be peaceful and quiet, but still just minutes from Pigeon
Forge's many attractions. While we were camping at Up The Creek, we
visited Gatlinburg, visiting shops and admiring the lights. On another
day, we took a drive up to New Found Gap in the Smoky Mountains National
Park. We were hoping for snow, but got the next best thing: fog and ice!
On one afternoon, the kids took their mommy to one of the shows in
Pigeon Forge while Daddy hung around the campfire. We ate out a few
times during this trip. We always try to catch a meal at No Way Jose's.
This time we ate at the one in Pigeon Forge as opposed to Gatlinburg. It
was ok,, but nothing to write home about.
We might have gotten out a
bit more, but it was kind of hard to drag the kids away from the
campground. The creek was a hit, and they enjoyed the patio and fire pit
too! For me, it was convenient. There's a Kroger just minutes away, and
all the cool stuff on the strip in Pigeon forge is too. It's convenient
to Dollywood because Wears Valley Road crosses the strip and intersects
Teaster Road, the bypass to Dollywood. So cool! It's official: Up The
Creek RV Camp is now our #1 choice for camping in this area.
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I like the
website very much. Clean design with plenty of color. I do
wish there was a more automated method of making
For reservations, call
865.453.8474. The rates range from $30 (non
premium site off season) to $62 (prime site, October). These
are pretty reasonable RV sites
for the area, and you won't find a prettier place to park
We absolutely love this place, and the office
is very cool, but they really need a laundry facility here.
With full hookups, we can live without a bath house, but we
need a better way to do laundry in an extended stay
isn't really large enough for hiking, but you are minutes
from any number of hiking trails in the area.
Biking within the park is
limited to the paved loop, but you are minutes from any
number of great mountain biking trails in the area.
The creek looks like it might produce some good rockhounding
opportunities. A good number of nNative American artifacts
have been found on the property, and I'm certain the creeks
might yield some garnet, quartz, chert, and agate. We'll
find out more next time. The surrounding area does have some
commercial tourist mines, and they're always fun.
There are far too many
attractions in the area to list, but here's a partial: Go
carts, alpine slide, theaters, shows, miniature golf, golf,
helicopter rides, water parks, fishing,
Townsend, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Ober Gatlinburg
(skiing), Aquarium of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains
National Park, Cades Cove, etc...
*Note: We rate
only the amenities we have personally reviewed.
**Accommodation pricing is based on 2014 Up The Creek
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I wish the weather had been prettier during our stay. I
simply couldn't get any pictures that give do this place
justice. We will definitely be coming back in warmer
weather, if for no other reason but to play in the creek.
The last six images in this series are from
our drive to New Found Gap in the Great Smoky Mountain's