Carefree's Fort Tatham RV Resort a Big Smokies Draw

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August 23, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

A view of the Fort Tatham RV Resort, Sylva, N.C.

For most of the year, the weather in the southern half of Florida is about as good as it gets.

But during the summer months, when heat and humidity take their toll on the Sunshine State, Doug and Donna Tippett of Bradenton, Fla., head to Fort Tatham RV Resort in Sylva, N.C., in the Great Smoky Mountains.

“We’re here for the whole summer,” Doug Tippett said, who has leased campsites every summer at the park for more than 30 years, stated in a news release.

“It’s a family tradition,” Tippett said, adding that he now leases two campsites, one for his travel trailer and one for his park model, a roomier cottage like RV that provides extra space for visiting friends and family.

The Tippett said they raised their four children and grandchildren with a family tradition of camping at Tatham RV Resort in the summertime.

“You do need air conditioning here,” Doug Tippett adds. “But it’s cooler than most of the country.”

So what do the Tippetts do all summer?

“We have campfires every night,” Doug Tippett said, adding that he also enjoys frequent ice cream socials, potlucks and barbecues with the other campers. “We also have delicious corn boils, chili suppers, fish fries and peanut boils when we are lucky enough to get one of our local residents to share their peanuts with us. One of the things my wife enjoys are the local farms and farmers markets that sell blueberries, tomatoes and peaches, which she loves to can. All of these are within a very convenient distance of the campground.”

And even though the Tippetts spend the summer more than 600 miles from home, they still get to enjoy the company of their favorite neighbors from back home. “We know a lot of people here from Bradenton. Many of them have been coming here as long as we have.”

Tatham RV Park is one of 37 parks in the Carefree RV Resorts chain, a national network of RV resorts that offers activities, rental accommodations and long-term camping opportunities in some of the most scenic vacation destinations in the country.

Conveniently located for daytrips to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tatham RV Park has both RV and tent sites as well as park model rentals with full hookups as well as bathroom and laundry facilities. A playground is also onsite and trout fishing is also available on two streams, though Doug Tippet says he likes to spend time playing golf at nearby golf course.

“The fishing pond is great for the kids and the playground has been a big hit for the children,” he said.

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Carefree RV Resorts offers a wide variety of RV campgrounds throughout North Carolina, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, California and Massachusetts for every type of RV vacation. All properties have a wide variety of amenities including, clubhouse, swimming pool, planned activities programs as well as rental units, which can accommodate people who don’t have their own RV.

For more information, visit the company’s website at

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