Campgrounds in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

9. Deep Creek Campground

Deep Creek Campground near Maggie Valley, NC is a fantastic place to camp if you want to tube, fish, or hike. It is far from the largest campground with only 92 campsites, but it is a busy one. Visitors love this campground and return year after year.


8. Smokemont Campground

Smokemont Campground is located near Oconaluftee Visitor Center outside Cherokee, NC. Open year round for tent camping. Forty-seven sites are RV Only. Two sites with electric. A beautiful campground with a horse stable for horse rental.


7. Balsam Mountain Campground

Balsam Mountain Campground is the highest elevation campground in the park at 5,310 feet. Cool nights, even in the summer, make this a comfortable choice. Great views and not crowded. No reservations needed. Attendant on duty.


6. Cataloochee Campground

Cataloochee Campground is a small, remote campground with 27 individual sites. Avoid the crowds, fish, hike, and enjoy the historical Cataloochee Valley. Located near the Tennessee and North Carolina border off 1-40.


5. Big Creek Campground

Big Creek Campground is located in the far northeastern corner of the park. Remote, beautiful, and intimate. Only 12 "tents-only" campsites, a group campground, and a horse camp. No RVs allowed.


4. Cosby Campground

Cosby Campground is a remote camp with 157 sites. Three group campsites accommodate up to 60 people. This campground is mostly tent camping, although 15 sites are for recreational vehicles. Just 32 minutes from Gatlinburg near Cosby, Tennessee.


3. Elkmont Campground

Elkmont Campground is the largest and busiest of the campgrounds located inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Great location with historic buildings, fishing, hiking, and a river to dip your feet in. A beautiful campground, just minutes from Gatlinburg or Townsend.


2. Cades Cove Campground

Cades Cove Campground is located near the entrance/exit of Cades Cove. Beautiful trees and the Abrams Creek define this campground with a primitive feel. A campground store featuring a snack bar, ranger station, bike rental, and horse stables, are a welcome benefit. A great campground is a fantastic location.


1. Abrams Creek Campground

Abrams Creek Campground is the second smallest campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with only 16 campsites. However, the location is fantastic for driving along the Foothills Parkway and exploring south of the park. No reservations needed.

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