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Smoky Mountain Developed Campgrounds

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214 Sharon Dr.
Seymour, TN  37865

Nestled within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 10 developed campgrounds, 5 horse camps, 7 areas for group camping and over 100 backcountry campsites. Amenities such as fire grates, picnic tables, cold running water, and flush toilets are available at all campgrounds and the larger campgrounds are equipped with amphitheaters for slide shows and ranger talks. No electrical hookups, water hookups, or showers are available. All campgrounds are on a first-come, first-saved basis, unless reservations are made through the National Park. 


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RESERVATIONS: Reservations are Required for Cades Cove, Smokemont and Elkmont campgrounds May 15 - October 31 through the National Park Service at (800) 365-2267.

RECOMMENDATION:  Due to maintenance, weather or wraths of nature, the Park Service may close campgrounds, shelters and roads. For updated road and weather information, call 865-436-1200. 

MAXIMUM STAY: The maximum stay is 7 days from May 15 - Labor Day and 14 days during winter and spring, however group camping is limited to 7 nights.

HANDICAPPED ACCESS: Wheelchair access, including restrooms, are located at Cades Cove campground, Elkmont campground, Smokemont campground, most picnic areas and visitor centers. Reservations are required during May 15 - October 31 and can be made in advanced by calling (800) 365-2267. One trail, the Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail, features a paved, level trail just south of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Wayside exhibits, large print brochures and a cassette media  are part of the trail experience.

OCCUPANCY: No more than 6 people may occupy a site with 2 tents or 1 RV and one tent.

PET POLICY: Pets are permitted in campgrounds on a leash only, but are not permitted on trails.

CAMPGROUND MAPS: Downloadable maps for several of the developed campgrounds and the park itself are available at

 ~ Abrams Creek - CURRENTLY CLOSED - Open March 12 - October 31, 16 sites, RV's up to 12' in length, $14.00 per night, located 6 miles East of Chilhowee Lake, elevation 1,125 feet. Tent and trailer sites available.

 ~ Balsam Mountain - CURRENTLY CLOSED - Open June 17 - October 11, 46 sites, RV's up to 30' in length, $14.00 per night, located 8 miles North of the Blue Ridge Parkway, elevation 5,310 feet. Offers wood for sale. 

 ~ Big Creek - Open March 12 - October 31, 12 TENT SITES ONLY, $14.00 per night, located 16 miles East of Newport, elevation 1,700 feet.

 ~ Cades Cove - Open year-round, 159 sites, RV's up to 35' in length, $17.00 - 20.00 per night, located 9 miles Southwest of Townsend, elevation 1,807 feet. Offers a disposal station, wood for sale, bicycle rentals and a small grocery store. Guided tours are available on horseback for $25.00 per person, carriage rides through Cades Cove for $10.00 per person, motorized hay rides for $6.00 per person and ranger-led guides hay rides for $8.00 per person. Call 865-448-9034 for the Cades Cove Store Campground ONLY. The store is open March 26 - October 31.  

 ~ Cataloochee - Open March 12 - October 31, 27 sites, RV's up to 31' in length, $17.00 per night, located off exit 276 on I-40 East, elevation 2,610 feet.

 ~ Cosby - Open March 12 - October 31, 165 sites, RV's up to 25' in length, $14.00 per night, located 2 miles South of Cosby, elevation 2,459 feet. Offers a disposal station.

 ~ Deep Creek - Open April 1 - October 31, 92 sites, RV's up to 26' in length, $17.00 per night, located 3 miles North of Bryson City, NC, elevation 1,800 feet.

 ~ Elkmont - Open March 12 - November 30, 220 sites, RV's up to 35' in length, trailers up to 32' in length, $17.00 - $23.00 per night, located 8 miles Southwest of Gatlinburg, elevation 2,150 feet. Offers wood for sale, vending and ice with a disposal station nearby.

 ~ Look Rock - CURRENTLY CLOSED - Open May 14 - October 31, 68 sites, NO RESTRICTIONS ON RV's, $14.00 per night, located off of the Foothills Parkway West, elevation 2,600 feet.

 ~ Smokemont - Open May 28 - December 31, 142 sites, RV's up to 40' in length, trailers up to 35' in length, $17.00 - $20.00 per night, located 6 miles North of Cherokee, NC, elevation 2,198 feet. Offers a disposal station and wood for sale.

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214 Sharon Dr.
Seymour, TN 37865

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