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KOA: Tennessee KOA marks 50 years of camping

From the bloggers at KOA.

Turning the big 5-0 is a pretty big deal for anyone – even a campground! That half-century mark is exactly what Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg KOA Holiday is celebrating this year.

Located in the scenic Great Smoky Mountains, the family owned campground was the first KOA east of the Mississippi when it officially opened for camping in 1966. While they can’t claim to be the only eastern KOA anymore, 50 years marks a new claim to fame.

“To be the oldest family-run KOA in the nation is pretty awesome,” says Heather Kelch. “I wish my Dad was here to see it. He would be very happy, the way it’s grown and that we are still at it.”

To read the full story by KOA, click here.

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