Thursday, April 23, 2015

On The Road Again To Dandridge, TN - Anchor Down RV Resort

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.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


4/20-4/23/2015 event dates


  1. Beautiful park....139 is difficult for cars!! Can't imagine driving a full size RV down it!

    1. Bill - I'm used to driving carefully on TN-95 near home and this was very similar.

  2. Interesting, looks like a nice area with good views of the lake!

  3. Wow---what a neat RV Resort... Quite different from others I've seen.... That area will definitely be busy come late spring and summer...

    Have a great trip.

  4. Looks like an awesome resort, not really in our budget, being fulltime, but for the occasional short stay would be great, and perfect for your rally.
    Have a great time there.

  5. Holy cow! You are right this is indeed a resort. This would be loads of fun with a campground filled with RV travelers. Enjoy your travels.


  6. I agree that 'resort' is a proper description of this beautiful place. It looks like a great place for your rally.

  7. The owners have created a beautiful location. Paved sites are a far cry from what I used to see when forced to camp with my parents many decades ago. Do you tow a car behind your coach? That's what my grandparents did for over a decade after they retired. Enjoy your first trip of the season.

  8. Larry, The owners of Anchor Down dropped some serious coin putting that place together, that's for sure! It's really a nice set up with nice amenities in a great location. Travel safely! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  9. Nice to see you out in the RV. That sure looks like a beautiful resort. I know you have a very fun rally with plenty of yummy dishes.

  10. It looks like you have the place to yourself. I hope you find some good diners with chicken fried steak nearby..

  11. That is a lovely camp - you got a good site too. Have a great week Larry & Bev!

  12. What a beautiful spot, Larry. That's really traveling in style. When I worked at the farmers' market I had to pull a trailer behind my SUV and it literally scared the daylights out of me until I got used to it. I can't even imaging pulling a rig like yours. Sure looks like fun though.

  13. just found your blog at random - beautiful pictures! makes me want to get an RV!

  14. Wow - Snazzy place. I've never seen an RV park that nice. Love the fire pits. And that's what I call a lake. Makes our little bodies of water look like ponds. Have a great trip Larry and Bev.

  15. Wow.That is really a nice RV park. I love the brick fire pits and fireplaces. The duel spot is ideal for my family because we always camp with friends. Looks like a really great spot to stay Larry.

    Nice to see you blogging again.

  16. I need to tell out Florida Rv friends about this place Larry. Really nice.

  17. Having absolutely zero experience RV'ing, I had no idea that the camps were so immaculate and comfortable. Love the scenery of the mountains and lake, and really, REALLY like the stone fireplaces to mingle around with new friends, old friends, and damn good camp food! Where are you heading in Charleston? So jealous!!! Didn't make it this year and itching to get back!

  18. Wow, that place is pretty spectacular! That has to be the nicest RV park I have seen. Great views, meticulously maintained property, and great facilities.

  19. Great review. Thanks. We check in tomorrow.


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