Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life-and travel-leaves marks on you.
----Anthony Bourdain

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tremont Outdoor Resort

Typically, we steer clear of any campgrounds that have "resort" or "RV Park" in the description. But, when you wait until the last minute (literally) to find someplace to camp over Memorial Day Weekend, you take what you can get. We ended up with an "okay" spot.

The $55/night we paid was a bit overpriced; it would have been worth it if we had one of the sites right on the river.

Even though the sites appeared to be rather close, I didn't see any of the larger travel trailers have any difficulty getting into their spots.

 A Pet Walk is available; however, I didn't see very many dog owners taking advantage of this spot. In fact, I had to walk carefully in the grass walking near the bridge. Apparently people thought that was an okay place to allow their dogs to do their business without picking up after them.
 In the office, there is a small store with a few items in it. The "resort" is close enough to a grocery store, so even if you run out of something, it's no big deal to make a quick trip to the IGA.

 There is a decent sized playground for the kids, with a small basketball court on the hill, just next to the building in the picture below.
A pavilion is also available for groups.
If camping isn't your thing, there are cabins for rent.
 The bathroom in between the tent & one of the loops was small but clean. The shower was just a trickle...literally. Luckily, this "resort" is close enough to our house that we ran home & showered on Sunday. There is a code required to open the door to keep tubers from coming off of the river and using the facilities. However, the doors didn't close all of the way, so all you really had to do is push it open.
 One plus was a place to wash dishes:
There is a separate tent area.

Amenities include electricity, water, and hook-ups, as well as cable. There is wi-fi, but I could never get it to connect...and stay connected. Cell service is extremely spotty.
There is a nice pool on the premises.

Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 8 am, but apparently they're different for the KOA that is right next to here. There are KOA cabins that are just across the river, and there were a couple of cabins that were just getting started around 10:00 pm.
Tremont Outdoor Resort is just at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so we heard quite a bit of traffic noise, especially motorcycles. We would stay here again if we weren't able to get a spot at another campground (like Cades Cove, Elkmont, Smokemont, Mile High, or a state park).
Seeing this guy definitely made it worth it:
The view of the river from the bridge was quite nice as well:

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