After a three months layoff to finish up winter and do the outdoor spring chores, we’re back on the road again with a single trip to two destinations. The second leg is a return trip to the Charleston, SC area and the first was to attend an RV rally at Anchor Down RV Resort near Dandridge, TN, which will be the subject of this post.
We belong to the Tennessee Travelers chapter of the FMCA and really enjoy getting together with this group of nearby RVer’s. It’s nice to go on these trips where several things are planned for us and all we have to do is show up.
The Anchor Down RV Resort is on beautiful Douglas Lake which is near the Sevierville/ Pigeon Forge/ Gatlinburg part of Tennessee. The resort is beginning their second year in operation and I have no problem calling it a RESORT instead of a campground as they have obviously poured the effort and money into it.
While just a state route with little shoulder, I had no problem driving our coach on the road (TN-139) servicing the resort from Dandridge or Kodak. This is the entrance to the resort and the office/store.
The resort is basically on a hillside ending at the lake and they have done an excellent job turning it into three fairly level camping areas with nearly level sites – no problem leveling our coach. All sites are hard surfaced with plain or textured concrete and have a picnic table and fire ring or fireplace. They have a full range of site types - pull-in, back-in, pull thru, and buddy.
I’ll begin with the upper area and work my way down the hill. The upper area has 29 sites of varying sizes and types and an outstanding view from the ones facing the lake.
The middle area contains 109 sites of all types and this is the beginning of it - shot above shows much of it.
This is our site (#51) with shots of the view from our back of the lake and the sites up from us.
This is the view from my chair in the front of our rig with a coach in one of the buddy sites and after it departed.
Here are a couple of the other buddy sites, which I had not seen before, and are perfect for two coaches traveling together.
Lastly is the lower level which contains 33 sites, the nice sized pool and pool house, a boat dock, boat ramp, lake swimming area, and play area - the shot from the upper area (above) shows the sites.
This shot is from the pool house back up the hill.
Their rates are from $49 to $69 and include four people, rather than the more normal two. As I mentioned at the beginning, this is not just a campground, but one of the nicest RV resorts we’ve stayed in and I believe it's only going to get better.
The check-in process was pleasant and efficient and everyone we met was very helpful and friendly. The owners are hands-on with the wife running the office (she checked me in) and the husband handing the outside. They are home builders who bought a farm on which to build a sub-division, but elected to build the resort instead.
I have heard only positive comments from the members of our 15 coach rally and if you are looking for a great place for a rally or an individual trip from which to visit the Smokies area and be on the lake, Anchor Down is well worth your consideration.
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.
4/20-4/23/2015 event dates