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I've been here a few times and honestly, i've never had a problem. I recommend reserving a slot ahead of time as you'll save a little bit of money. And the Old Time canoes are the way to go, and easier to handle.
It's under $40 a couple to canoe here. You can pack and take a cooler and whatever else you want with you. It has its perks to going here rather than Ohio (wink wink, nudge nudge). The river really depends on the weather. During dry periods you may need to get out and kind of lift you're canoe over the low areas, but it's pretty simple to do. And after a rain storm you might encounter a few more "rapids" than normal.
They make sure they brief you on trouble spots before you go out, and tell you where to look for arrows that will point you in the right direction of which way to stay of an obstacle. There are also big yellow mile markers on the banks in the trees, so you know how much farther you have to go (roughly). There are lots of banks and islands to pull off on and have a picnic or get in the water. Some places the current can be a little strong so use you're judgement. There is an area with a rope swing that is at a pretty surprisingly deep part of the river, that I've never seen anyone have issues with. But use your judgement and be smart. Play at your own risk.
They have a huge sign on a hill that warns you you're stop is coming up. Just pull off, unload, and take care of things. You leave your canoe on the beach. Paddles and life vests go to the trailer and there's a dumpster for trash and a bin for can recycling. Follow the path up behind the trailer and there's an area with benches and a port a pot (use at your own risk) and to the left there's a building with a phone that will connect you to the center and signal for a ride. a bus is normally around within 20 minutes tops, and you're in the shade so it's not bad.
There is camping available on site but haven't tried that out yet. The restrooms have changing areas, but I've only ever found one outdoor shower spicket. They will keep your keys at the desk before you go out, so be prepared. 1. no danger of losing them and 2. they know if you're still out. And if Mr. Morgan is around say hi! He really is awesome and enjoys talking to people. All the staff are pretty decent for the most part too!
This is a pretty cut and dry campground. They do have tent sites, but this is more of an RV/Camper type spot.
Its a simple oval layout. bathrooms located in the middle area. They also have a small pool, sand volleyball and a playground for the kids. The bathrooms are pretty nice actually, and showers are decent too. The sites are pretty much right up on each other, and not all of them have fire rings. We saw where there possibly was one on our site next to the road, but no ring. But if you're just sleeping here, then it's perfect for you. It was pretty quiet, minus the traffic noise. So again, a plus.
They do have a small store on site for firewood and the like. The perk here is "continental breakfast" every morning. Or rather a voucher good at the Smokey Mountain Pancake house down the street. You get a choice of 4 different items. Mainly a 3 pancake breakfast, French toast, or biscuits and gravy. I wish they had a smaller more simple sausage and egg or omelet option, but they do have a percentage off if you don't want one of the prechosen combos.
The location is nice, just on the other side of the river from the parkway, and at the end of the strip before you head into Gatlinburg, so nothing flanks you on 2 sides really. And if you take the back road to get here less traffic! It's also super simple to get to Dollywood as well. So quiet not a whole lot of bells and whistles simple place to park and rest your head if that's what you're looking for. And decently priced under $50 with hookups.