Social Distancing? You Mean Camping?

It’s been said that camping is the original social-distancing and we agree! Many of our visitors come to us because they want to ‘get away’ and ‘escape to the mountains’.  And while an obvious attraction of Pigeon Forge is all the stores and things to do, the good news is that in the midst of things shutting down for COVID-19, we have an opportunity to reconnect with the reason people were drawn to this area to begin with: the majesty of the Smoky Mountains and all the life that it’s home to.  

One of the best things about choosing Camp Riverslanding as your Pigeon Forge campground is that we are located right on the Little Pigeon River and just a few minutes from some of the most scenic drives in the world! We also have sports and camp activities that you can’t find anywhere else. Here is our guide on having some Smoky Mountain fun during your quarantine.  

Fishing on the Little Pigeon River:

Bring your rod and reel when you’re coming to Camp Riverslanding.  The Little Pigeon River has stocked trout as well as smallmouth bass in the 3lb range. Fly fishing will do well for the trout, or you can use lures, corn, bread or other bait for other fish.  If you don’t have a Tennessee fishing license then you can pick a day pass up at the gas station near the camp. Rainbow trout are stocked weekly upstream in Gatlinburg and can get up to 20 inches long.  Brook trout are a little smaller, but they are also rarer and more elusive than rainbow trout making them rewarding to catch. And if you forgot your rod or need some supplies then stop by the camp store to find what you need!

Tubing on the Little Pigeon River:

As the weather gets warmer the Little Pigeon turns into our very own water park.  Grab a tube from the camp store or bring your own and hop in! You can float down the rapids on the quarter mile in front of the camp, get out, and do it again. There are also a few spots to have a leisure float and soak up the sun. 

Camp Activities:

Did you know that Camp Riverslanding is the only campground in Pigeon Forge that has a tennis court? If you are looking to polish off your backstroke or just get the basics down then bring your rackets or check them out from the camp store, free of charge. We also have cornhole, basketball, swimming, an arcade with plenty of hand sanitizer, and more. And as night falls, light up the fire and cook some s’mores! There is always something for you and your family to do at Camp Riverslanding.

Foothills Parkway:

A short drive down Wears Valley Rd will bring you to the Foothills Parkway. Currently the Foothills Parkway extends over 30 miles through the national forest and holds some of the most scenic views in all of the Smokies. Dozens of pull-offs are available to stop and view the majesty of the Smokies.