Anchor Down RV Resort Campground Review
Welcome to my first guest post on the blog. Authored by none other than my mom Pat! Last fall my parents took a trip to Tennessee with friends and they were able to visit a number of spots on my Tennessee wish list. I wrote a previous post called Dreaming of Tennessee and am a little jealous that they were able to go there first! Read on to hear about their great stay at Anchor Down RV Resort and see why I’m eager to take my own family there someday soon.
What a welcome we received when arriving at Anchor Down in Dandridge, Tennessee. Anchor Down is located in a very quiet country setting, about a 20 minute drive from the downtown tourist area of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. The only word to use to describe Anchor Down is pristine.
When we arrived it was peak tourist season for viewing the fall colours. To keep the check in line moving efficiently a staff member came out to greet us and directed us to the lobby to help check us in quickly. The resort is well staffed by knowledgeable, efficient and friendly people.
We were escorted by staff to our lakefront site. All sites at Anchor Down have coloured stamped concrete pads with large picnic tables that easily seat 8 people. The concrete pads make setting up and levelling the trailer a breeze. Some sites have large outdoor fireplaces but all sites have fire pits.
Worth every penny!
The campground is situated on a large hill overlooking Douglas Lake. The majority of sites are tiered with a view of the lake. We would recommend paying the little extra for the lakeside lots (we stayed at lot 167). All sites have cable tv and wifi hookups included in the price of your stay. In the evening the lakefront walkway is illuminated to take advantage of an evening stroll. The weather in October was unseasonably warm which made it feel like summer.
Anchor Down has a boat ramp, fishing ramp and covered pavilion as well as a pool with a water slide, a separate salt water kiddie pool and a club house. A volleyball court, playground and golf cart rentals guarantee plenty of things to do for the family. There is also an off leash dog park for your pet to exercise. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with flowers and shrubs. The grounds keepers work daily, keeping things clean and tidy. We were impressed with the daily morning garbage pick up, no stinky, unsightly garbage bins! The bathhouses are immaculate and inviting if you choose to use them as well as laundry facilities.
As this is such a popular resort I would recommend booking well in advance of your trip. When we booked our site it was two months before our date of departure and only a few sites remained available.
What made Anchor Down appealing to us was its proximity to Sevierville and Pigeon Forge. These towns have something for everyone. At this time of year (mid October) there was a huge artisan show on at the convention centre in Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg is about an hour drive from the resort but well worth the trip. I got a head start on my Christmas shopping. It was a great opportunity to pick up some unique gifts for family and friends.
For a day trip we took a drive through the Smoky Mountain National Park. We stopped at Clingman’s Dome which is at the border of Tennessee and North Carolina for a vigourous hike up to the dome. It was well worth the hike to appreciate the view. We continued on to see elk near Cherokee in North Carolina which at that time of year it is rutting season. At times you can see up to 30-40 elk coming out of the forest gathering in the field….However on this trip we only saw 6! There is a welcome centre and plenty of parking.
The fall colours this past trip were not as brilliant due to the hot and dry summer but were still beautiful. We had a fantastic time on our recent trip to Tennessee and highly recommend you put the state on your must visit list. Stay tuned for my next post which will highlight some of the other sights and attractions in the area!