Near the end of October we took a family camping trip to River Plantation RV Resort. I'd love to share some photos from our weekend with all of you! Here are some details about the campground:
Address: 1004 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862
Type of accommodations: Limited small and large cabins. RV sites with 30/50 amp service, pull-thru or back-in available, and paved patio. Riverfront available.
We camped near the end of October when the colors were finally starting to peak with lots of bright yellows.
We didn't take advantage of many of the amenities available either due to the season or the fact that we didn't need them during this particular stay. However, here is a list of some of the things available at the campground to help you with your travel plans:
Golf cart rentals
Outdoor pavilion for picnics
Two new pools & hot tub
Lodge with small store
River Plantation is one of my parents' favorite RV resorts to stay at in Pigeon Forge. It's not woodsy or rustic, but the roads and sites are spacious and level and the campground is very clean and well kept. It's a great place to stay if you want to be near the hustle and bustle of Pigeon Forge and aren't looking for an "in the woods" camping experience.
We chose a campsite in the 130's because those seemed to have a little more tree cover. We wanted to have shade for Dexter and Dewey's playpen outside.
See? That pen is so convenient and is one of our favorite supply purchases. It lets the dogs be outside with us without having to be tangled up in a tethered leash. Oh, and see the paved patio? That was also a nice touch - it helped keep the "porch" area cleaner so we tracked less dirt and leaves into the trailer. You can find the pen right here if you need one.
After we got settled in, Jasper played outside for a bit. The weather was pretty close to perfect.
Matt's parents arrived not long after to hang out and have dinner.
I made homemade vegetable beef stew with cornbread. I pre-made the soup at home and then re-heated it on the camper's stove. The cornbread I made on site, though I'm still learning how to properly use that fussy gas oven and my crust was a teense too dark (okay, I flat out burned it in some places). Once the burned parts of the crust were removed it was still perfect for crumbling into the stew.
Jasper even ate it! He skipped the beef and was iffy about the texture of the corn, but he ate it!
Though playing with the spoon was much more fun than eating, of course! After dinner, we all hung out a bit later and my parents finally arrived at their campsite (right next to ours) later that evening.
It was rough getting Jasper to bed that night, but he was in a much better mood in the morning. Here he is "giving a sweet baby" to the couch. He picked up on Matt and I always saying, "Awww, sweet baby!" whenever he cuddled or lay his head on us. After a week or so he started "giving sweet babies" to everything he can. He even makes the sweetest little "awww" sounds while doing it. It's so cute.
Couches and chairs are the best surfaces for rolling cars!
Matt made our usual pancake breakfast the first morning. Gotta have 'em!
When these pictures were taken, Jasper was still a hardcore pancake hater. I'm happy to report, however, that he's finally come around! Silly kiddo. I mean, who doesn't love pancakes? We knew he'd see the light eventually.
My sister and niece were due to arrive later in the afternoon, so we and Matt's parents spent most of the day hanging out at my parents' fifth wheel.
Matt's dad, Matt, and my dad tried to make a fire. They managed to get a decent one going for a little while. Apparently, lighting wood on fire and expecting it to burn isn't as easy as it sounds, even with the help of kitchen matches and lighter fluid.
Jasper made friends with my parents' dog, Max. I guess I could just call him my brother, Max.
I'm certain we will tell him boring stories about how he used to go camping with mommy and daddy when he was just a baby.
Because our families weren't going to be around on Halloween, I snuck away for a moment and returned with Jasper all gussied up in his costume. The little shoes are my favorite part (see our Halloween post for more photos!)
I adore fall.
My family! Well, some of it. My parents are on the far right and the ladies in the middle are my niece and sister, respectively.
(photo credit: whoever took this photo, ha! I can't remember!)
It's always so nice to have Matt's parents in town and able to attend family gatherings.
After a dinner of grilled burgers and chili dogs, we pulled the TV out of my parents' camper and crowded around to watch the football game. Even though we weren't exactly "camping in the woods", the atmosphere at River Plantation was really nice. Many of the surrounding campers were also watching the game outside, so cheers and boos could be heard from all sides.
The trailer is so cozy at night!
The next morning I made a fantastic blueberry loaf by placing an AirBake cookie sheet under my baking pan to prevent the bottom from getting too brown.
Jasper's second night was much better than the first. He had been so active that day that he was practically begging to be put to bed!
This camping trip is probably our last for the year. The temperatures are dropping, the holidays are chugga-chugging their way closer (Christmas is only 6 weeks away!) and very soon we will need to winterize the camper to put it into its cold weather hibernation until spring. Since we purchased the trailer so late in the season we were only able to take it out a few times, but we are already planning our spring trips and are very excited about things to come!
This post is not sponsored by or affiliated with River Plantation.