The Gatlinburg East/Smoky Mountain KOA Holiday Campground has earned the 2023 KOA President’s Award and the KOA Founder’s Award. These prestigious awards were presented Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Kampgrounds of America, Inc.’s Annual International Convention in Orlando.

The KOA Founder’s Award, named in honor of Dave Drum, who founded KOA on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Mont. in 1962, is KOA’s highest service award. It is awarded exclusively to those KOA campground owners and managers who attain world-class scores in both customer service and the KOA Quality Review.