KOA Sweetwater is located one mile off Exit 62 on Interstate 75 on Murrays Chapel Road in Sweetwater, Tennessee. Even though it’s located only 1 mile off the interstate, the park has almost no interstate noise. In fact, it was quite peaceful. One word of caution, the entrance for the campground is on a curve making it difficult to see traffic coming in the other direction so please use extreme caution when turning into this KOA.
Once you are in, you will head straight up to the office and park. As you are heading to the office on your left side you will see a game area where you can find the basketball court, volleyball court, a jumping pillow, horseshoe pits, a teacup flower pot and a cool little game called “Water Wars” which is a great way to cool off on those hot and humid Tennessee summer days.
Fenced K-9 Park
Next to this area is a nice fenced in K-9 pet area and dog walk. I don’t have any dogs so this area does not apply to me but it appeared to be well taken care of. In front of the pet area and opposite the office was a dump station.
On your right side, there is a row of tent sites followed by a small row of full hook-up pull-through sites. This is probably a good time to mention that all the sites in this park are pull-through sites. After this section of the tent and RV sites is the playground area. Behind the playground, you will find the pool and a covered pavilion. The pool is open from May 10th to October 27th. When I was there they were in the process of opening it.
Time To Check In
You have now reached the office where you will check-in. After walking up the long path with steps heading up you enter the check-in area and camp store. The staff is friendly and all about customer service. They make you feel welcome right away. The store was pretty well stocked with things like coffee, firewood, some snacks, RV supplies, and plenty of tourist maps of many local attractions. If you are going to enjoy a campfire later that night, just let them know. They will deliver the wood right to your site.
Around the side of the office building are the restrooms and showers. Taking a peek in you will see they are clean and well maintained. Behind the office are the laundry room and activities area.
Time For Your Escort
After checking in you will be escorted to your site. As I mentioned earlier, all sites are pull-through making it a breeze to get in. This park is big rig friendly so don’t worry if you are traveling with a larger RV. I had site #39 which worked perfectly for me. The hook-ups were located to the rear of the site which is the way I like it and the sewer connection was graded downhill. Each site is supplied with a picnic table and a fire ring.
To the left of my site were two camping cabins. Behind them were some tent sites and a stocked catch and release pond. The pond had a bridge on one side and a couple of benches. The benches became my morning coffee spot.
Enter The Fish
Since I was there before the season technically started I was treated to watching two of the employees getting ready to release some fish into the pond. It reminded me of when I was a kid and had a fish tank. I would buy some fish and take them home in a bag. Then I would have to leave the bag sitting in the fish tank water so the temperatures could even out. Once the temperatures were about even I would poke a hole in the bag and the fish would swim into the tank.
This was pretty much the same process except for instead of a fish tank it was a large pond. They had multiple bags containing different types of fish. Some were tiny. They explained within a couple of weeks to a month they would reach full size.
Sites With Decks
Out in front of my site were the premiere and super RV sites. These sites had large decks. They were also much larger than the standard sites. On the other side of those sites were a few more cabins.
If you were to follow the road in between the cabins and the supersites you would find yourself behind the office building. This road contains a mix of water/electric RV sites, tent sites, and full hook-up RV sites. It also leads you out to the exit of the park.
The Main RV Section
The biggest section for RVs in the park is located opposite the office and behind the pet area and dump station. It contains four rows of full hook-up pull-through sites. They are a nice size with varying degrees of levelness. The roads in the park are paved. They are hilly in some sections but nothing extreme. They are wide enough to maneuver even the biggest rigs throughout the park.
Some other things I should mention about this park. There are planned activities (mostly on weekends) in the summer months. Need propane? No problem, there is a fill station located near the office. If you plan on watching TV (why would you? Get outside!!!) they have cable TV. I found the WiFi to be adequate and the Verizon signal was good. There is also a small game room. If you are like me and you love nature trails, there is a short nature walk that can be accessed from two different sections of the park.
No RV? How About A Cabin?
KOA Sweetwater has a total of nine cabins ranging from deluxe all the way down to basic sleepers. The deluxe cabins and cottages have full bathrooms and can accommodate from two to eight people. The basic sleepers have no bathrooms and can accommodate up to six people. They do have linen rentals available.
If you are going to be checking in after-hours there is a small stand located just off the parking lot in front of the office. It is well lit and clearly states night registration. If you had a reservation your welcome packet including directions to your site will be here. If you did not have a reservation but you are looking for a spot for the night all the information including available sites will be located here also.
They also had a building that housed pedal carts so I assume during the summer these were available for rental. I also noticed a gazebo on the side of the office. As I approached it I noticed that it was actually a camping kitchen.
Pros of KOA Sweetwater
- Full hook up pull-through sites
- 50 & 30 amp service available
- Tent sites available
- Cabins available
- Cable TV
- Adequate WiFi
- Good Verizon signal
- Propane available to purchase
- Fully stocked camp store
- Nature walk
- Catch and release pond
- Activities during the summer season (weekends)
- Firewood delivery to your site
Cons of KOA Sweetwater
- Dangerous turn into the entrance
Final Thoughts on KOA Sweetwater Campground
KOA Sweetwater is the complete package. It has enough to keep you and your family busy if you wanted to hang around the campground and relax or can be used as a home base to explore the local area.
For those that like to explore (like me), it is located close to a variety of area attractions. I really enjoyed riding the motorcycle in the Blue Ridge mountains including the Cherohala Skyway and some awesome waterfalls. There is a visitor center about a mile or so before you enter the Cherohala Skyway that I highly recommend you stop into.
If you love to hike there are numerous trails close by that will keep you busy. Not into hiking? How about boating or water skiing? There are about 4 lakes nearby that will keep the entire family happy. Fleas Unlimited will be right up your alley if you love antiques and unusual things.
Do your kids like animals? If so you are in luck. Located about 45 minutes from the park is the Knoxville Zoo. Also located about 45 minutes away is the American Museum of Science and Energy.
I also took a ride over to the Watts Bar Dam on the Tennessee River and found a small park nearby with nature trails. If you like to Geocache, I will give you a hint. There is one near the parking lot!!! If I happen to be in this area again, I would definitely stay at KOA Sweetwater since there is so much I didn’t get to experience the first time around.