Camping is permitted in designated campsites only, NOT in pullouts or parking lots. Camping is popular year round and the park has a variety of options to enjoy camping throughout the year.
Each campground has restrooms with cold running water and flush toilets. Each individual campsite has a fire grate and picnic table. There are no showers or electrical or water hookups in the park. Shower facilities are available in the communities surrounding the national park. Please inquire about the nearest facilities when you check-in at the campground. For medical purposes only Cades Cove, Elkmont and Smokemont offer sites with 5 amp electric hookups.
All campsites are drive-up and allow a maximum of two vehicles. At RV sites only one RV or trailer is allowed. Any RV including motorhomes, cabover campers and camper vans, or any trailer including 5th wheels, pop-up campers, and cargo or boat trailers are vehicles and count toward the limit. Each campground has overflow parking for excess vehicles. Each campsite allows a maximum of six people and two tents; plan accordingly. Hammocks are allowed but are limited to the footprint of the campsite. Check out time is 11:00 a.m.
Pets are allowed on a leash no longer than six feet. Hiking in the park with pets are allowed only on the roads, Oconaluftee River Trail and Gatlinburg Trail.
The park-wide camping limit is 14 nights, per visit not exceed 60 days in a year. These limits apply to all park campgrounds. Quiet hours are from 10:00 PM-6:00 AM. Generator quiet hours are from 8:00 PM-8:00 AM.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park maintains developed frontcountry campgrounds at 10 locations in the park:
Front Country Reservations: Reservations for the Frontcountry, group and horse campgrounds can be made by either calling 877-444-6777 or visiting www.recreation.gov. Making advance reservations are recommended if you would like to guarantee a camping spot.
Additional information about camping reservations, including reservation time frames.
Groceries, Camping Supplies, Food, and Firewood
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Last updated: December 2, 2019