Big Meadow Award

Matthew Johnson (from left), Mason Johnson, Barbara Johnson, Malcolm Johnson and Greg Johnson, all of Big Meadow Family Campground in Townsend, meet Paul Bambei, president/CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, recently to accept the 2019 National Park of the Year Award for a campground under 100 sites.

Big Meadow Family Campground in Townsend is winner of the 2019 National Park of the Year Award for campgrounds with fewer than 100 sites presented by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

This is the second time Big Meadow, located at 8215 Cedar Creek Road, has received this distinction, having been named by ARVC as 2013 National Small Park of the Year.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the premier RV association in the country,” Malcolm Johnson, co-owner at Big Meadow Family Campground, said in a news release. “It’s our passion and dream to provide the finest camping experience we can, and our loyal customer base supports this.”

Barbara Johnson, co-owner, added, “Based on our reviews on TripAdvisor, Yelp, Google and Facebook, our guests like everything about our campground. They specifically call out our helpful and personable staff, the cleanliness of the park, the attention to their needs and our amenities.”

“Nominations for these awards are very detailed, and require facts about the operation, not just subjective information,” said Greg Johnson, also a co-owner. “The ARVC also does on-site evaluations and accepts customer feedback. It’s very exciting to be recognized this way.”

Big Meadow Family Campground is open year around and hosts groups and events as well as support Great Smoky Mountains heritage, arts and crafts events annually, the release said.

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