Big Meadow Award

Matthew Johnson (from left), Mason Johnson, Barbara Johnson, Malcolm Johnson and Greg Johnson meet Paul Bambei, president/CEO of ARVC, and accept the National Park of the Year Award for a campground under 100 sites.

Big Meadow Family Campground in Townsend has won the prestigious National Park of the Year Award for a campground under 100 sites for a second time, the organization announced in a press release.

The award was announced at the annual National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds awards banquet Thursday.

“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 press release. “It’s our passion and dream to provide the finest camping experience we can, and our loyal customer base supports this.”

“Based on our reviews on TripAdvisor, Yelp, Google and Facebook, our guests like everything about our campground,” said Barbara Johnson, Big Meadow co-owner.

Johnson said reviewers specifically laud the campground’s helpful and personable staff, its amenities, the cleanliness of the park and the attention to guests’ needs.

“Nominations for these awards are very detailed, and require facts about the operation, not just subjective information,” said Greg Johnson, also a Big Meadow co-owner.

“The ARVC also does on-site evaluations and accepts customer feedback. It’s very exciting to be recognized this way,” he said.

Donna Caskey, a frequent visitor to the campground, said, “Big Meadow is our home away from home. We’re down from Ohio for at least a few days most months and look forward to it. It’s simply the best campground we’ve stayed in, bar none.”

Big Meadow Family Campground is open year around and hosts many groups and events, the release states. It also supports Great Smoky Mountain heritage, arts and crafts events annually.

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