10. Big Creek Picnic Area

Big Creek Picnic Area is a the smallest picnic site in the park. It is located near the Big Creek Campground and Big Creek Horse Camp in Waynesville, NC. This picnic area provides 10 picnic sites with grills and tables.


8. Cosby Picnic Area

Cosby Picnic Area is a wonderful secluded spot to enjoy Great Smoky Mountains National Park at its best. Although the Cosby Campground is next door, this picnic area is normally not crowded. Cosby Picnic Area has 35 picnic sites and a pavilion that seats 55 persons.


7. Collins Creek Picnic Area

Collins Creek Picnic Area is a great place to relax, fish for rainbow trout, or have a large group picnic under the pavilion. The largest picnic area in the park featuring 182 picnic sites next to Collins Creek. Restrooms and potable water.


6. Greenbrier Picnic Area

Greenbrier Picnic Area is less than 10 miles from Gatlinburg. Even so, it is in the middle of a lush forest with beautiful trees and wildflowers. Twelve tables and grills. Nearby trails. Pavilion for 70 people with a stone fireplace.


5. Deep Creek Picnic Area

Deep Creek Picnic area is popular for guests visiting Maggie Valley, Cherokee, or Bryson City, North Carolina. Nearby hiking trails and a thriving tubing community make this a family favorite. Deep Creek Campground is a great place to stay when in the area.


4. Chimneys Picnic Area

Chimneys Picnic Area is a fantastic place to grill, walk a short 0.8-mile nature trail, and hang out next to the West Prong Little Pigeon River. Just 4.4 miles from Sugarlands Visitor Center.


3. Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion

Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion is the largest covered pavilion in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located near Gatlinburg, you can be standing at the grill in under 10 minutes. Seats 150, restrooms, electricity, and potable water. No individual picnic sites!


1. Cades Cove Picnic Area

Cades Cove Picnic Area is in a great location with 81 picnic tables and grills. Restrooms and potable water provided. Enjoy the creeks on both sides of the picnic grounds before hiking or driving through Cades Cove.

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