Left side depicts a cartoon bear behind with a green check mark above it. The right side depicts a smoldering cigarette butt with a red x above it.
Please remember to leave no trace

Drawing by Emma Dufort

The park offers several different types of campsites:

Backcountry - for backpackers. Requires hiking several miles to a site located in the park's backcountry.

Frontcountry - camping near your car in a developed campground that has restrooms with cold running water and flush toilets. Each individual campsite has a fire grate and picnic table.

Group Campgrounds - large campsites suitable for groups of eight people or more. Located in frontcountry campgrounds.

Horse Camps - small campgrounds, accessible by vehicle, that offer hitch racks for horses and primitive camping facilities.

Campground facilities and the procedures for obtaining a site in each type are different. Click on the titles above for additional information about facilities, reservations, and operating seasons.

Campground Rules and Regulations
Includes food storage regulations, generator use and quiet hours

Firewood Regulations: Only heat-treated firewood that is bundled and certified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or a state department of agriculture may be brought into the park. Campers may also collect dead and down wood found in the park for campfires.

Certified heat-treated firewood is packaged and clearly marked with a state or federal seal. Heat-treated wood is available from a growing list of private businesses in communities around the park. Concessioners at Cades Cove, Smokemont, and Elkmont will provide heat-treated wood for sale during their operating season March-October.

Many local stores and businesses sell certified firewood. Select the campground above you'll be camping in to find nearby businesses. Additional information about this regulation.

firewood graphic.  The safest-and required-options for firewood in the Smokies are: 1. Downed, dead wood found within the park. 2. Certified heat-treated wood.
Use only dead and down wood found within the park, or purchase certified heat-treated firewood from local businesses.

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Last updated: August 12, 2022

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Gatlinburg, TN 37738



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