Month: June 2016

The Best Campground Dessert

Camping is truly one of life’s most wonderful simple pleasures. You can get away from the world and take a moment to soak up the beauty of nature. You can gaze at the stars and fall asleep to that magical view.
You know what else is pretty magical? Dessert. There’s nothing more satisfying after a good, hearty meal than finishing it off with a decadent dessert. What’s great is that most of your favorite dessert recipes are totally doable even when you’re camping.

Dessert is taken to a whole new level when it’s cooked in an open fire, or even in a grill in the great outdoors. There’s something so great about being able to come up with a tasty treat when you’re out in nature. Imagine gazing up at the stars while indulging in an unforgettable sweet delight, remembering all the awesome moments you had that day. This is how memories are made. We found two of our favorite sweet delights that will satisfy any sweet tooth cravings inspired by exploring and adventuring out in the world.

Grilled Caramel Apple Crunch


1 cup chopped apple per person
Sprinkle of cinnamon (this should be called the sprinkle of magic)
2 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping (keep it cool in a cooler)
1/4 cup granola

Get your grill going at a medium heat (around 350º).
Get 2 pieces of aluminum foil, around 8 inches square each.
Place the chopped apples in the center of one piece of foil.
Sprinkle with cinnamon (the magical ingredient)
Drizzle caramel over the apples
Sprinkle with granola

Once all of your ingredients are in, place the other foil square over the top, and roll the foil packets snug together. Start with the corners, and then roll up the edges, allowing it to seal really well.

Then, place your little roll of magic in the grill, over some coals, or in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until you see that the apples are soft.

Be careful when you open the foil packet, and be sure to open the side farthest away from you first, that steam comes out fast and can burn.

After all that thrill is over, serve with whipped cream or ice cream. And voila!! A treat to be remembered for years to come.

Grilled Strawberry Pie



1 lb of delicious fresh strawberries (about 2 2/3 cups), quartered

1/4 cup strawberry preserves

1/4 of cup sugar

1 tablespoon of cornstarch

1 pie crust, softened as directed on box

2 (9-inch) disposable foil pie pans



Who said making pie out in the great outdoors couldn’t be done? Let’s prove them wrong. Start by heating up the gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Aim for the heat to be around 400°F.

In medium bowl, mix strawberries, sugar and cornstarch; set this yummy filling aside for later. Unroll pie crust. Place in an ungreased pie pan.

With the back of a spoon, spread the preserves evenly on crust.

Then, spoon the strawberry mixture on top. Slightly fold crust over filling. It makes for a really pretty little design.

Place the second pie pan upside down on the grill to create an elevated surface. Innovation!

Place the pan with the pie on top so it is elevated off grill. This will allow it to cook slowly.

Cover grill and let it cook for about 20 to 25 minutes or until crust is that unmistakable golden brown and the decadent filling is all nice and bubbly. Then remove it from grill and let it cool 10 minutes before serving. Its indulging time!!

The Best Campground Dinner

After a long day of being out and one with nature, there is nothing quite as comforting as coming back to your campsite and cooking up a good and hearty meal. It truly makes the whole day feel complete to just sit and eat with the family. Camping makes everything you do feel adventurous, and cooking is no exception. The great thing is, you’re not just limited to eating hot dogs or canned pinto beans. Whether you want something quick and easy that doesn’t require a lot of effort, or want a more elaborate and indulgent meal, there are almost no limits to what you can cook up.

Instead of hitting up a local restaurant, make it a fun family cooking night that everyone can participate in. Nothing beats eating an amazing meal under the wonder of a night filled with stars. Seriously, you’ll remember nights like this forever. Great food with awesome people and interesting conversations are what memories are made of. With just a few twists and tricks, you’ll be surprised at the awesome meals that you can make in the great outdoors. Pretty much anything you can make at home has a place in a camping dinner too. Here are some of our favorite campfire recipes that are sure to be fondly remembered for years to come. Remember to put away all of your food things after eating so bears don’t get it!

Walking Tacos



Corn chips or Doritos in personal packages

2 pounds of cooked ground beef (use your favorite seasoning)

2 large cans of beans

Chopped Tomatoes

Chopped Lettuce

Sharp cheddar, or your favorite shredded cheese


Serve all of the toppings in little bowls for everyone to pick their favorite toppings. Have everyone get their own bag of chips and put in whatever toppings they want! It doesn’t get much easier than this.


Cubed Steak with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes



1/2 lb Cubed Steak, cut into 1″ pieces

3 Potatoes, chopped

1 Cup Green Peas

1 Cup Baby Carrots

1/2 Onion

3 – 5 Sprigs of Rosemary

3 – 5 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

Salt & Pepper, to taste 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil


Make two large double layers square of foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Divide all of the ingredients evenly between both foil packets.

Place the sliced potatoes in a thin layer to make a base.

Season with 1/3 of the salt, pepper and garlic.

Place the cubed steak on top of potatoes.

Season meat with 1/3 garlic, salt and pepper.

Layer peas, carrots and onion on top of meat.

Season with the remaining 1/3 of garlic, salt & pepper.

Place rosemary sprigs on top and drizzle olive oil over all ingredients.

Wrap and seal the aluminum. Make sure to leave some room in the packet to allow air to flow through as it cooks.

Cook on coals for 20 minutes. Flip about half-way through.

Open carefully, steam comes out fast and can burn. After this, the waiting is finally over. Find a beautiful spot, and enjoy your delicious meal!

The Best Campground Breakfast

Camping seems to make any activity you usually do feel like a whole new experience. An early mug of coffee accompanied by the relaxing sounds of nature, birds chirping in the air, and the smell of a smoky mountain morning is simply magical. Cooking while camping can also be a new and exciting experience. The great thing is, that you’re not just limited to a PB & J sandwich while you’re out in the wilderness, you can choose to make something as easy or as elaborate as you so desire.

Here are some of our favorite fueling breakfast ideas for any camping morning situation you find yourself in. You’re up and ready to go but need some fast fuel? We got it. You want to treat your loved ones to an indulgent and memorable breakfast? Check. Whatever you do, make sure you eat a good hearty breakfast so you can have the energy to explore the wild outdoors!



Blueberry Muffins in Orange Wraps


Blueberry muffin mix
Oranges (2 for each person)
Aluminum Foil


Whip up a blueberry muffin mix according to the package directions.

Cut an orange in half get all the orange flesh out. Maybe make some yummy juice with the leftover pulp, or you could even mix it into the mix for some more orange flavor.

Then, fill one half of the orange with the mix. Put the other on top, and tightly wrap them with the aluminum foil. After that, just toss them in the fire! They won’t burn. The orange peel works as an insulator to keep the muffin mix from burning up, and it’ll cook inside with all sorts of delicious orange goodness.

Just make sure to turn the aluminum balls in the fire, about every minute. Keep it on there for around 10 minutes, but check on them every once in a while until they are totally firm in the middle.

These are really great for being portable if kept within their wraps. Once you’re ready to eat just unwrap, and enjoy!


Lumberjack Breakfast


Sausages or bacon
Frozen hash browns, or diced cooked potatoes
Chopped tomatoes and green onions, or any other vegetables you like.
Shredded cheese, pick your favorite!
Cooking spray and foil


Spray some foil with cooking spray or some butter you have on hand, and make a double layer my folding it. Lay the sausages or bacon on the bottom so it gets the most direct heat from the grill to let it cook properly. If you don’t care for meat, just put in some hash browns and lots of butter.

On top of the sausages or hash browns, start layering the eggs, diced tomatoes, green onions and any other veggies. After this, you can add salt and pepper, as well as any other spices your family likes.

You’re all ready to wrap up your packet of deliciousness, and place it on a hot grill or fire for around 15-20 minutes or until you see that the meat is cooked all the way through. After its been in there and everything is done I like to add some cheese and take a few more minutes to melt the cheese. After this, its ready!

This can work for breakfast or brunch, and makes for a very filling meal!

The Best Campground in Pigeon Forge for Family Fun!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We have been working hard this Spring to make sure the Summer of 2016 is the best yet at Camp Riverslanding.  We are excited to announce that we have upgraded most of our amenities and added some new ones!  Check out this full list of RV campground amenities that are new for 2016 and you will understand why we are #1 for family fun.  And as always, you can view our full list of amenities here.

  • New Pool with Splashpad
  • We have upgraded our WI-FI throughout the camp so that you can get lightning fast connections no matter where you are!
  • New Jump Pad
  • New Picnic Tables
  • New Fire Rings
  • New Laundry Facility
  • New Bath House (Heated & Cooled)
  • New Swimming Pool & Splash Pad
  • New Game Room
  • New Playground
  • New Dog Park
  • Camping Supply Shop

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