Travel Tennessee: Duvall in the Smokies RV Campground

Travel Tennessee: Duvall in the Smokies RV Campground

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I think I’ll just stay in Tennessee forever. Do we have to go home? Duvall in the Smokies RV Campground has made us feel welcomed, loved, and right at home. If you’re looking for a place to park your RV around the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area for a few days, I highly recommend checking out this quaint little spot in Sevierville, TN.


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Duvall in the Smokies: Location

Despite being located on one of the main thoroughfares in Sevierville, this campground is hidden away from all of the hustle and bustle. Just 20 minutes off I-40 and 12 minutes from Dollywood, this small, quiet little gem of a campground can be found right off Dolly Parton Pkwy next to the Little Pigeon River.

Duvall in the Smokies A Review

As you pull up to the stoplight where the GPS says to enter the campground, all you see is a gas station. I thought Brent was just turning so he could fill up with gas first. But down the little hill behind the gas station lies this cute little western themed family campground. Seriously, y’all…the decor is ADORABLE!

Duvall in the Smokies is a fully fenced and gated RV campground. They pride themselves on being a safe place for everyone, especially children.

Being family owned and operated, you may be greeted with a warm welcome right as you enter the gate. They give you specific instructions on where to park to get checked in, give you a huge stack of brochures and discounts for area activities, and help you right into your campsite if you need it. Leon, the owner, even gave us a quick tour of our campsite features. How sweet is that?

Duvall in the Smokies brochures

Duvall in the Smokies: Fees and Campsites

This campground has about 30 campsites that will accommodate RVs up to 45′ in length. Campsites are fully paved and have full hookups, picnic tables with shade umbrellas, grills, and fire rings. Nightly rates range from $40-$50/night for a 2 person occupancy, and there is an additional charge of $3/night per additional person over the age of 5.

If you like quite a bit of space between you and your neighbor, this may not be the campground for you. Campsites are fairly close to each other but would be great if you were having a family gathering or meeting up with friends for a long weekend. This is a picture of campsite #26 where we are staying, as well as a view out our window that shows how close we are to our neighbor.

Duvall in the Smokies campsite

Duvall in the Smokies: Campground Facilities

I usually like to review the bathhouses in my posts, but FULL HOOKUPS y’all! Plus I’m doing laundry and we are spending a lot of time doing things around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. So I think I might skip the bathhouse at this campground. As clean and cute as this campground is, I have no doubt that the bathhouse is anything less than amazing.

And speaking of doing laundry…

Duvall in the Smokies laundry area

…THE HONOR SYSTEM!!! When I was seeing patients in my chiropractic office, my fee system was based on the honor system. I just love that they have a similar philosophy! How can you not love that?

And while I’m throwing in pictures, here are more of this darling little campground:

Duvall in the Smokies campground decor

Duvall in the Smokies also offers free wifi and cable, an area to fill up with propane or exchange tanks, and a covered wagon filled with firewood that’s available for purchase.

Duvall in the Smokies: Things To Do

Duvall in the Smokies cornhole game

Obviously, there are plenty of activities around the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg areas, but this campground has so much to do right inside its own fences. With the Little Pigeon River right along the back of the property, you can take your fishing rods right down on the bank and do some fishing or grab a kayak for 2 hours of free kayaking. Want to relax? Find one of the hammocks along the river and just hang out for a bit while the kids swing on the tree swings.

Duvall in the Smokies Mountain Gathering Place

There are lots of activities available in the evenings as well. Head over to the Mountain Gathering Place near the office and watch TV while rocking in the rocking chairs. Want to play some games? They have horseshoes and cornhole located right next to the Mountain Gathering Place as well.

Duvall in the Smokies sandbox

My kids really enjoy the nighttime barrel ride through the campground…even some teenagers get in on this one.

Duvall in the Smokies barrel rides

We have really been enjoying our time here. We have felt so safe and welcome and look forward to a return trip soon. After all, they’ve invited us back!

Duvall in the Smokies come back sign


Do you have any campgrounds on your list that are hidden gems? Tell us about them in the comments, because we love visiting those places!

30 comments
  • I can’t imagine a better place as a home base to explore that area. Looks cozy and fun!

  • I love that there are things to do in the RV park. It’s always great to have an option that is new.

  • It is great that this campground did not disappoint. Campgrounds can offer a kind of enjoyment different from other places! Have you stayed at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground in Cosby? That was super fun for us, and we even sang karaoke on stage.

    • No, we haven’t. We actually stayed at the Cosby Campground before Duvall in the Smokies. We loved it. We’ll have to check out Jellystone Campground. Thanks for the tip!

  • I want to rent an RV and travel the country with my family. Will keep this place in mind as I do want to visit Gaitlinburg. Love the activities offered.

    • We loved Duvall in the Smokies! Such a family friendly place. And I hear from lots of other RVers, family friendly places are becoming less family-friendly.

      Do it! You’ll definitely have a great time and make wonderful memories.

  • This place looks so sweet. And hammocks by a river sound like all I need! I love that you felt so safe and homey!

  • We used to camp with our Living Quarter horse trailer and I miss it. Looks like fun!

  • Looks like a great place to get away from it all and relax! The hammocks by the river sound awesome!

    • I know! I wish we would’ve had more time to stick around and utilize all of the amenities. Duvall in the Smokies makes you feel right at home.

  • This looks like a fun little campground. I love it when they have activities and games.

    • I know! Anything to keep the kids occupied and active instead of on their electronics all day. They definitely enjoyed Duvall in the Smokies.

  • Wow! I’ve never really considered RVing. This makes me want to! It looks like a great time!

  • What a cute campground! All of the outdoor activities look so fun!

    • Duvall in the Smokies makes it such a family-friendly place. I wish more campgrounds had the same feel to them.

  • Lifestyle Health Travel Blog July 29, 2018 at 9:41 am

    RV lifestyle is so adventurous. Love such campgrounds. I hope they don’t mind If I take nighttime barrel ride too.

  • What an awesome place for a holiday with kids!

  • This looks like a terrific spot! We’re heading west this year, but I’m keeping note of all your Tennessee campgrounds for when we return.

    • We haven’t been all over this country yet, but I’m so in love with Tennessee. I keep asking if we can go back. There are so many great places to stop.

  • Oh wow! This is the way to camp, for sure! I love that it has such a welcoming, community feel. Definitely a great destination for quality family time!

  • Great read! We’ve been talking about bringing our boys to Pigeon Forge and we’ll have to check this place out, too!

    • If you have an RV, I highly recommend staying at Duvall in the Smokies. The kids will love it, and it’s so close to everything in Pigeon Forge.

  • This looks awesome! I’ve been wanting to go to the cabins in Gaitlinburg but after reading this I want to rent an RV and go to this campground with my kids! The honor system in the laundry room is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

    • Seriously! Such an awesome little campground if you don’t mind being close to your neighbors. And it’s super small, and everyone we met or encountered was friendly.

      I think I need to start adding a section to the bottom of my reviews called “Kid Reviews”. I know this is one place the kids really enjoyed and wished we would’ve had more time there.

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