Name: Deep Creek Campground
Nearest Gateway City: Bryson City, NC
Elevation: 1,800’
Individual Camp Sites: 92
Fee: $21 per night
Dates Open: March 30 – October 28, 2018

Group Campsites: 3 (20 persons each)
Fee: $40 per night
Dates Open: March 30 – October 28, 2018
Maximum RV Length: Trailers – 26’

Directions to Deep Creek Campground

From Bryson City: Take Deep Creek Road to E. Deep Creek Road and turn left. (This is a bit tricky. To stay on Deep Creek Road, you need to turn right at the bridge and cross over Deep Creek. This turn seems like you are turning off of Deep Creek Road, but you are not.) After turning onto E. Deep Creek Road drive to the end and turn right onto the campground access road.

Deep Creek Campground Description

Deep Creek Campground is one of the most popular campgrounds in the park, and for good reason. The creek running next to the campground is a tubing paradise.

During summer months, the Deep Creek Campground fills up with vacationers looking to get wet in the creek. The surrounding mountains and forest are a perfect setting for traditional camping or for parking the family RV.

As in much of the park, wildflowers bloom in the spring, bringing the colors of life back to the area. Trees reach up to heaven creating a perfect canopy of shade for the campsites.

Each campsite is equipped with a table, a fire ring with a grate, and a tent pad. Sites 1-42 are “Tents Only”. The other sites accommodate RVs and tents.

IMPORTANT: The maximum size for recreational vehicles is 26 feet.

Deep Creek flows along the campground just behind these campsites. If you want to camp near the creek, make sure you check the campground site map for the best locations.

DOWNLOAD: Deep Creek Campground Site Map

Individual campsites are on a first-come-first-served basis. Since this is a busy campground, every now and then someone is disappointed because he or she couldn’t get a site. Unfortunately, that is unavoidable.

If you want a sure thing, and you have seven or more people, reserve a group campsite.

Deep Creek Group Campsites

Deep Creek Campground has three group sites accommodating 7 to 20 people each. All other campsites have a limit of six people.

Group sites, just like the individual sites, have a picnic table and fire ring with a grate.

Unlike individual sites, you must reserve group sites. The cost is $40.00 per night.

IMPORTANT: Prices are subject to change. Additional fees, taxes, or discounts may apply.

Deep Creek Campground Amenities

Several restrooms with flush toilets are available at the campground. Potable cold running water is also provided.

This campground does not have electricity, showers, or water hookups. You can check with the camp host to find out where the nearest shower is located. The following is a list of features for this area.

Things to Do at Deep Creek Campground

Since you are getting ready to camp, it is safe to say you love the outdoors. However, not every campground provides the same opportunities for outdoor adventure. Fortunately, 101 Best Outdoor Towns named Bryson City “the nation’s third best whitewater paddling town”.

Tubing

As I mentioned earlier, tubing is the number one activity at Deep Creek Campground. You can rent a tube and spend the day floating down the creek. Local merchants are there to help you.

Hiking

Deep Creek Campground is the starting point for several fantastic trails. Juney Whank Falls Trail, Deep Creek Trail, Noland Divide Trail, and Deep Creek Horse Trail all begin in or near the campground.

If you want to see waterfalls, take Deep Creek Trail and/or Juney Whank Falls Trail. They are worth the hike.

Fishing

Anglers visiting Deep Creek Campground have plenty of streams to choose from for fishing. Trout is indigenous to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and they are in abundance here.

Quite a number of people catch enough trout to feed their family during their stay.

Be sure to get a fishing license. You will need a North Carolina OR Tennessee fishing license. Both are acceptable anywhere in the park.

RELATED: Fishing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Reservations and Registration

To reserve a group campsite, visit Recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777. You may reserve a site up to 12 months in advance.

Individual campsites are on a first-come-first-served basis. You cannot reserve these sites. However, you do need to register upon arrival.

Stop at the campground office, complete the paperwork, and pay a fee of $21.00 per night. If you arrive late, the envelope system is in place.

Write your information on an envelope and place the fee in the drop box. A park ranger drives through the park on a regular basis checking on everyone and to make sure you are registered.

IMPORTANT: Prices are subject to change. Additional fees, taxes, or discounts may apply.

Nearby Points of Interest

Deep Creek Trail trailhead is a great hike beginning near the campground. Maggie Valley, NC is about 3.0 miles from the campground. Restaurants, gas, and outdoor adventure companies are only a few minutes away.