We are loving our camping time in Tennessee. There are so many campgrounds to choose from and just not enough time to check all of them out. The third stop on our Tennessee RVing road trip is the Douglas Dam Campground. This campground is actually two in one: the headwater campgrounds and the tailwater campgrounds. This trip we are staying at the tailwater campgrounds.
New here? Check out some of our other Tennessee campground reviews:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park Cosby Campground
- Cherokee Dam Campground
- Overnighting at the Fairgrounds Nashville
Douglas Dam Campground: Location
This campground is located in Kodak, TN on the tail end of the Douglas Dam and the French Broad River. It is about 30-45 minutes north of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and 30 minutes east of Knoxville.
Douglas Dam Campground: Fees and Campsites
The campground has 45 RV campsites with 30-amp electric and water hook-ups and 9 RV sites with no electric. There is a dump station located in the middle of the campground for your convenience. Sites are gravel, but roads through the campground are paved. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit and the nightly rates run $18-$27. You can look here for other specifics regarding campground fees and discounts.
Most of the sites back up to the French Broad River, but if they don’t, they are right next to the mountains amongst many beautiful, tall trees. Either way, all of the campsites have really great views!
We are staying on site #19 with a wide open view of the river. Our site actually shares a common “drive” with site #18, but there’s no one booked in that spot while we are here. Even if there was, I don’t think we would feel too crowded.
For those that rely on cell/internet to work, we are having no trouble getting signal. Both AT&T and Verizon signals are strong.
Douglas Dam Campground: Bathhouse
With no sewer hookups, we are utilizing the campground bathhouse for most of our showering needs.
If you read my review of the Cherokee Dam Campground, you will notice many similarities in the bathhouses, including the tile on the floors and walls. This campground also has two bathhouses each with a couple of toilet stalls as well as a single shower stall in both the men’s side and the women’s side. The showers have hot water, a handheld showerhead, and plenty of hooks for a towel and clothes.
The differences? Well, the shower is smaller, has a curtain instead of a door, and has the automatic shut off feature. And despite the overwhelming smell of cleaning agents upon entering, I feel like these bathhouses aren’t quite as spotless as Cherokee Dam’s bathhouses. It’s ok, they’ll get the job done.
Douglas Dam Campground: Things To Do
While there is no hiking trail or designated swimming area, there are still a few things to do in the immediate area.
Do you have kids? Choose a campsite in the middle of the campground and you’ll be right by the playground. This is where our kids are spending most of their time and they’ve even met a few friends.
Fishing is abundant here. As I said above, most of the campsites are right next to the river. I think everyone we can see from our site spends their evenings fishing. For those that aren’t backed up to the river, there are other fishing areas available to use. Or if you have a boat, head to the boat ramp and get out on the river to do some fishing from your boat. Don’t have bait? Stop by the campground office and buy some worms (and some ice cream while you’re at it).
Look Out Point is just next to the campground and has close up views of the dam. It would be a great place to have a group gathering. Two group pavilions are available to reserve for a small fee. Or you can just try to snag one without a reservation if it’s not already reserved.
And I almost forgot, BIRD WATCHING! The lady in site #20 saw my kids fishing and came over to them and pointed out something. When Brent went out and asked them what she said, they showed him the bald eagles in the trees across the river. By the time I got out there, they had started flying over the river off in the distance. Sad times for me!
This campground has been a nice place to stay and we would stay here again in the future if we plan to come to the area. The camp hosts and other campers have been very friendly. It is well kept, and the weather has been nice, with the exception of one scary storm that fired up quickly while my kids and I were at the bathhouse. It left the campground with many downed trees and no power for over 12 hours.