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Smoky Mountains Camping

Smoky Mountains NP has a variety of camping for different tastes, with 7 campgrounds in total offering 947 individual campsites, and 345,655 days of camping. All said, only 4% of the visitors to this incredibly popular national park camp for even a single night.

These include Group campgrounds for 8 or more people, front country campsites near your car, backcountry camping and horse camping. Camping equipment, including tents, sleeping bags, stoves and utensils can be purchased and rented in towns close to the Park. Park sites are primitive by design, with no showers or electrical hookups for RV’s, though potable water is available in all campsites. Proper food storage and no trace camping should be practiced in Bear country.

Smoky Mountain Campgrounds

Campground Toilets? Drinking Water? RV Sites? Campsites Tent Fees Opens Closes
Abrams Creek Campground Yes Yes Yes 16 $12.00 Spring November
Balsam Mountain Campground Yes Yes Yes 46 $14.00 Spring October
Big Creek Campground Yes Yes Yes 12 $12.00 Spring November
Tower Fall Campground Yes Yes Yes 159 $14-17 All Year N/A
Cataloochee Campground Pit Toilet Yes Yes 27 $12.00 Spring November
Cosby Campground Pit Toilet Yes Yes 175 $14.00 Spring November
Deep Creek Group Campground Yes Yes Yes 92 $14.00 Spring November
Elkmount Campground Yes Yes Yes 220 $12-20 Spring November
Smokemont Campground Yes Yes Yes 142 $14-17 All Year N/A
Smokemont Group Campground Yes Yes No 23 $23-33 March November

RV Camping

Available at several of the Front country Campgrounds:

  • Abrams Creek (maximum RV length = 12’)
  • Balsam Mountain (30’)
  • Cades Cove (35’)
  • Cataloochee (31’)
  • Cosby (25’)
  • Deep Creek (26’)
  • Elkmont (35’)
  • Look Rock (No restriction)
  • Smokemont (40’)

Dump Stations for RVs Dump stations with potable water are located at Cades Cove, Cosby, Deep Creek, Look Rock, and Smokemont campgrounds. In addition, there is a dump station located across the road from the Sugarlands Visitor Center, approximately six miles from Elkmont Campground.

Fully fledged RV Parks can be found just outside of the park, both in Tennessee and North Carolina.

Backcountry Camping

For backpackers looking to camp in the backcountry of Smoky Mountains National Park, it will require hiking several miles to a site located in the park’s backcountry, and away from main parking areas and busy trails.

A permit is required, and are available at most ranger stations and visitor centers.

Any camping must be done in a designated site or shelter.

To reserve a site or shelter, call 1-865-436-1297.

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Smoky Mountains National Park Map
This map can be downloaded on the Smoky Mountains National Park Map page.