Disclosure: We were guests of Sun Outdoors Pigeon Forge. All opinions are mine.
The weather is heating up, and the kids are quickly approaching Summer vacation, which means it’s time to load up the RV and hit the road! What better way to kick off our first RV trip of the season than to head North to the Great Smoky Mountains? While visiting the Pigeon Forge area of Tennessee, we stayed at the Sun Outdoors Pigeon Forge resort! This gem is located right off the main parkway in Pigeon Forge without all the hustle and bustle and is perfect for RVing families.
Where is Sun Outdoors Pigeon Forge?
Officially, Sun Outdoors Pigeon Forge is in Sevierville, nestled at the bottom of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. It is approximately 4 hours north of Atlanta, 3 hours East of Nashville, and a little under 4 hours from Charlotte, making it a really nice road trip for the family. Sun Outdoors Pigeon Forge is open year-round, and I can only imagine how beautiful it is with Fall foliage in full swing! We visited in early Summer (June 2021), and sadly the weather was rainy, but we did have some moments of beautiful sunshine and warm weather.
RV Site Options
Sun Outdoors Pigeon Forge has over 295 spacious RV sites that feature full hookups (50 & 30 amp power, water, and sewer), concrete patios, complete with a picnic table, and a fire ring for each site. We parked in a Standard site, a gravel site, but they also offer Signature RV sites that are concrete pads. We appreciated that WiFi access is available throughout the park; this really came in handy for working and roadschooling.
If you don’t have an RV but still want to experience campground life, Sun Outdoors also has cabin rentals. They offer three different cabin sizes. The rustic cabins are one-room with enough space for 4 guests and include air conditioning (or heat), a television, a mini-fridge, and a microwave. It is important to note that these cabins do not have a full kitchen or bathroom; however, there are bathhouses throughout the campground. They also offer fully furnished Deluxe Cabins that have spacious decks.
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Amenities for Families
Although the girls love camping and RVing, I will not sugarcoat the fact that they tend to get bored pretty easily. I love that Sun Outdoors had so many different amenities for the entire family to enjoy.
Lazy River & Zero Entry Pool
The pool and lazy river areas were hands-down, one best that we’ve seen at a campground. The zero-entry pool was perfect for the girls to enter the water at their own comfort gradually. I love zero-entry pools because they allow toddlers to build water confidence and independence by walking into the pool versus having to jump in. The lazy river was awesome, and we could have spent the entire day floating.
We have seen jumping pads on the internet, and the girls have been itching to try one out, so this was the perfect opportunity. They were both pretty apprehensive initially because it looks intimidating, but after about 5 minutes, Roo had gotten the hang of it. Bug took a bit more time warming up to the jumping pad because larger kids were playing, and their bouncing inadvertently sent her flying a few times. Once she figured out how to use those bounces to her advantage, she didn’t want to get off the jumping pad.
It isn’t often that we find a campground playground that the girls are impressed with, but they were tickled pink at this playground. The playground is fairly large and had a mix of play structures that both girls could play on.
Basketball, Pickleball, and Gaga Ball
Next to the jumping pad are the basketball, pickleball, and gaga ball courts. Roo loved playing Gaga ball with some of the other kiddos who were camping. I have no idea how the game works, but it seems pretty cool!
Bark Park & Pet Washing Station
Sun Outdoors Resort is pet-friendly, and I love how they include pet amenities for their furry guests. They offer a sizeable, fenced-in bark park complete with an adorable fire hydrant and pickup bags. Next door to the pool area is a self-service pet washing station, which is great to clean up your four-legged family pals to keep your rig from getting muddy.
On-site Aerial Adventure Park
The aerial adventure park has 5 different zip lines, in addition to sky-high bridges, a host of different obstacles. Their course for younger kids is 20 feet in the air, while the harder course is 40-feet in the air! The aerial adventure park is open to the public and is available for kiddos (and adults) 9 years and older. Sadly, my kiddos were too young to partake in the fun, but Roo is excited to go back to try her hand at the obstacles.
Newly remodeled Bathhouse & Laundry Facilities
Outdoor Pavilion w/Fire pit
RV & Bus Wash
Golf Cart Rentals
I truly appreciated that while at the campground, it felt like we were in the woods, but we were right off the parkway, so we were close to all of the local stores and attractions. Overall the campground has a welcoming feel to it, and the majority of the guests we interacted with were friendly. The staff was helpful, and it is clear that they care about ensuring that their guests have a wonderful experience.
Often when people state that an RV site is spacious, they are considering the rig space. I really appreciated the grass space in our site for the girls to be able to play. The girls could flip and run around, which is always a great relief when camping in a smaller space.
Being in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains means that you are close to the action! We had a blast just driving down the parkway and looking at all of the different attractions that are available. Dollywood Theme Park is minutes away from the campground, as well as WonderWorks, the Titanic Museum, and Rocky Top Mountain Coaster. Sadly, the weather did not cooperate this trip to the Smokies, so we didn’t get a chance to visit many local attractions, but stay tuned for our trip later this year!
However, we did get a chance to visit the Great Smoky Mountains, and I will say without any hesitation that it is an absolute must-do! We drove through the mountains, and the views were spectacular. We found ourselves stopping every 10 minutes or so to explore and admire the view.
RV sites and cabin rentals vary based on the type of site, the season, and the day of the week you book. Standard RV sites start at $53.00 a night, and Signature RV sites start at $81.00 a night. If you are interested in renting a cabin, they start at $79.00 a night. Be sure to check out their website https://www.sunrvresorts.com/sun-outdoors-pigeon-forge/ for the most accurate and up-to-date information on rates and availability. *They also offer military discounts
Disability Travel Tips
– If you have mobility challenges, I would encourage booking a site with a concrete pad. The gravel was level, but it could pose a challenge for some folks. They also offer golf cart rentals if you book a site that is far from the amenities.
If you are traveling with a loved one on the spectrum, there are many children to interact with and even practice socialization skills with. Be sure that you are close, I noticed that some children were unattended, and while most kids were well-mannered, there were a couple of kiddos that were not.
Contact Information and How to Book
To find out more information or to make a reservation, contact:
Sun Outdoors Pigeon Forge
Sevierville, TN 37862
Opinions expressed here are not those of the campground or RV resort and have not been endorsed by any of these entities.