We may have just found the kids favorite campground, Adventure Bound Campground in Gatlinburg. Our weekend at Adventure Bound was filled with lots of swimming, 100’s of times going down the alpine slide, hanging out with friends and making new friends and playing in the rain. This place was packed with things for the kids to do! So much so that the kids practically ran the campground.
Adventure Bound is located on the outskirts of Gatlinburg close to Cosby. While it is technically in Gatlinburg, it is away from the hustle and bustle tourism of downtown Gatlinburg. And no matter what kind of camper you are Adventure Bound has a spot for you. They have cabins to rent, rvs to rent, rv camping spots and tent camping spots.
With that being said, not all camping spots are the best. We lucked out and had a pretty good camping spot at 115. It was across from the playground and bathrooms and had full hookups. If you want to be a little further away and a little more secluded I would pick a spot in the 170’s or 190’s. These spots are away from the road and further back into the campground so you won’t have people driving past your site a lot. Not to mention the bathrooms are a little nicer back there.
Now let’s talk about the fun stuff, the amenities. My kids favorite amenity hands down was the alpine slide. They climbed the stairs and went down that slide at least 100 times. No joke. This slide was a hit. I went down it a few times myself (and you won’t see a video of me going down). Personally the slide terrified me. I felt like I was going to go sailing over the edge. My son laughed and laughed at me as we went down together. The slide is perfect for kids, adults, not so much.
There is also a fairly large pool close to the slide. The water in the pool is mountain cold and perfect on hot summer day. But I’ve got to say the water was a little too cold for me. I opted to watch the kids play and shiver. When my sons says the water is cold I KNOW the water must be cold.
Some other activities my kids enjoyed were hanging out by the fishing pond, going up to the rec center to play video games and non-stop bike riding. I love how I felt safe letting the kids ride their bikes around. Even with the campground being busy, drivers were super cautious.
We look forward to future trips up to Adventure Bound Campground. Maybe next time we’ll plan ahead and get some other families to join us!