Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Eagle's Nest Campground

Yesterday we pulled into Eagle's Nest Campground in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee that will be our HQ for the next 4 days that has 200 total sites.
It's about 2 miles from the center of Pigeon Forge but quiet and tucked back enough for some solitude. The office looks like an old Tennessee shack on the outside and the inside is a little eclectic, disorderly, dis-shelved and a bit "old" but large and the manager is very friendly. A good cleaning and organization would go a long way.  There is also trolley service to all local areas.
The Office
Front Porch Right
Front Porch Left
Main Desk
Right of the desk - A bit too cluttered and distracting for my liking.
By the front door - Displays are well organized.
The trolley service is right outside the office on the main road.
As mentioned yesterday, things didn't start of well when the people in unit #46 had to reposition themselves because their RV was going the wrong direction and they were using our utilities leaving us without any.  They weren't happy about having to turn around and let us know about it and then apologized later stating they they had been parked that direction for over a week.  While #46A (our site) looks small from this map, it is actually quite spacious and long enough being on the corner.
Amenities at this park include:
  • Office
  • Passport America, Good Sam, FMCA and Camp Club USA Discounts
  • Pull Thru for 4 units only
  • Back In (2 for handicaps for bathroom access)
  • Tent Camping in 3 large areas
  • 5 Cottages
  • Full Hookups
  • Water/Electric only Hookups
  • Dump Station
  • Dumpster
  • Showers
  • Recreation Room from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • 24-Hour Laundry Facility
  • Pool from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Children's Playground
  • Dog Park
  • Trolly Stop
Another interesting fact to this campground is that adjacent to the office is a resident tree wood carver with the business Tree Art Chainsaw Carving.  Tomorrow or Friday I hope to drop by and see how he does his thing.
Tree Carving connected to our campground
Photos to follow this evening and plentiful and I'll label them for you.
Our very spacious end unit across from the dog park.
A view of our unit from the back of the dog park.
This is Walden Creek right next to us by tent camping.
The bath house, laundry, swimming, horseshoes, playground, grassy area and community dinner get together's cooking area.

Bath, Shower, Recreation Room, Laundry House
Recreation Room
Gobs of Games!
And More Games!
Showers and Sinks - Old but adequate!
Showers could use an update.
Laundry needs updating
As does the sink.
Horshoe Pit and Pool
Small Pool Area - 2' to 5'
Horseshoe Pit
Frisby or other grassy field game area
Community BBQ area for get-togethers on Thursday nights.
Next are some camp sites - Cabins, RVs and Tent Camping:
Cabin Row
Type 1 Cabin Style
Type 2 Cabin Style
Typical RV unit sites
Walden Creek next to the grassy tent camping sites. There are a bit mosquitoes and gnats here.
This is an average campground - everything could do with an update from the electric panels to just plain old clean up.  I think park of the reason it feels a bit unkempt is that there are full-time guests living out of their RVs with step platforms and such with a lot of cluttered things hanging around.  The Rec Hall where the rec room, showers, laundry is housed is a bit old and could do with a remodel along with the laundry machines.  It's a nice surprise for the kids to have a HUGE gaming room.  I bet they love that! I'm not sure if the pool is heated but there was two kids in it when I took photos.  The gravel roads are a bit uneven and dippy in places and the grass is not mowed near the sites containing more crab grass than soft grass and it produces red ants and gnats.

On the positive side, the units are very large and spacious. Deep and wide.  I LOVE our end unit for the space and quiet even though cars drive by and it still feels peaceful.  There are a couple of other RV parks just down the road within a half mile that seemed cleaner from the road - Creekside RV Park (4.6), Riverbend Campground (4.7) and King's Holly Haven (4.2), Pine Mountain RV Park (4.5) and Clabough's Campground (4.6).  Eagle's Nest as rated a 4.3 in comparison.   It should be simple to either pull through or back out when we leave. The reason I say back out is because there is a massive tree next to us and I hope to clear it should be pull forward...I think this unit was originally the dog park area and it was probably moved so they could add one more unit called 46A.

On another positive note, Scott mentioned that the Internet is high speed. He is able to work and download files extremely quickly, which is a big plus for him.

My rating would be a 3 for this park...average.

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