Our Story

Celebrating a Big Win!

“The parks that receive the Park of the Year honor are at the pinnacle of the industry.” says Paul Bambei, president and CEO of ARVC. “These parks are not only wonderful destinations with fantastic amenities, but more importantly the owners and staff at these parks continually provide over-the-top customer service.”   

The ARVC Park of the Year Awards are presented to ARVC member-parks or campgrounds that deliver an extraordinary guest experience as a result of all-around excellence in operations, professionalism, marketing, customer service and industry involvement.

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Three Generation Owners

In August 1994 Malcolm, Barbara & Greg Johnson purchased a 14 acre tract of land in Townsend, TN with the intentions of building a family oriented campground.

This property is a level tract of land fronted by Little River and surrounded by mountain ranges. The property was part of a large farm, thus the name Big Meadow was an accurate description and adapted as the name.

"Our family has camped since 1974 and found camping to be a very enjoyable and family oriented affair. We decided in 1988 to try to purchase either an existing campground or to develop our own."

Big Meadow Family Campground was opened on May 22, 1995. The park was built and continues to be operated by Malcolm, Barbara, Pam & Greg Johnson.

We invite you to “Come Spend Some Quality Time With Your Family and Ours.”

"Our personal goals are to operate a Family-first, quiet and clean environment while providing courteous and friendly service."

In 2006 Big Meadow Family Campground was awarded Tennessee “Campground of the Year.” This is a coveted award presented annually to outstanding campgrounds by the Tennessee Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (TNARVC).

In both 2013 and again in 2019, we received the National Campground of the Year award presented by ARVC, the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

It really is all about family here on the quiet side of the Smokies. Now in our third generation, our identical twin grandchildren, Mason and Matthew, have joined us working at Big Meadow Family Campground.

Owned and Operated by Malcolm, Barbara & Greg Johnson

Make Your Reservation Today!

Come spend quality time with your family and ours on the quiet side of the Smokies.

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