75 RV Parks near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina
Nov 2017 - $17.00
Wonderful. The campground was primitive. Spots were wide open. Quiet, other than the wonderful Bradley Fork running 10 yards from our spot. No ATT or Verizon service whatsoever, but we enjoyed not having it.
The majority of the campground was closed while we were on-site which we took advantage of by walking the dog through it. Absolutely beautiful. We would love to stay here again. - Harks_723
Oct 2017 - $10.00
This is a lovely campground in a wooded setting with a shallow river running through it. There are no hookups and generators must be turned off by 8pm, so quiet campfires are a great nightly ritual. There are toilets but no showers. Sewage can be dumped and potable water refilled at the dump station on the way out. Firewood must be purchased on site on the horse stable side. There is no cell phone signal whatsoever. Not only is this campground remote, it's on NPS land and an Indian Reservation, which means absolutely no signal no matter which carrier you have. This campground is not big-rig friendly, I don't care what anyone else says. We have a 40' 5th wheel and I read the descriptions of every single available site before booking. I booked D28 because it was a long pull-through with no obstructions - wrong. The pull throughs are so curved that big rigs cannot fit. Also, there may not have been trees (obstructions) where the slides would have been, but there were trees too close to the pull-through entrance. The trees along with the NPS placed boulders prevent big rigs from being able to move around without causing damage. There was no way we were going to fit in D28 (or any other sites) whether we drove in or went around and backed in - it wasn't going to happen. With the help of the camp host and office personnel, we were able to secure site D42 instead. It was only available for half of our anticipated stay, so we had to leave after only 4 days. That site is the ONLY site in the entire campground that a big rig can fit in, trust me. The only reason is because across from it is a group camping parking lot that, if empty, can be used to position the RV and back into D42. Bottom line, find somewhere else to stay if you have a big rig. NPS needs to reevaluate their site descriptions and consider removing boulders, especially from curves and corners, which could cause serious damage to RVs. We won't stay here again. - LifeRidingShotgun
Sep 2017 - $10.00
One of the nicest NP campgrounds we have stayed in. Fully-treed, level sites, no utilities at sites and no Verizon service accessible from the campground, distributed faucets and bathrooms with cold water only and flush toilets. There is a dump station. Park rangers make twice-daily drive-throughs. Firewood must be certified heat-treated in Great Smoky Mountain NP and is for sale at the stables (which offer horseback rides in the NP). Section F is RVs-only but we enjoyed site 32, at the end of D section, and had no neighbors. Good day-hike (and overnight backpacking) options from the trailhead next to this site. Generators 8am-8pm only. - TheBreeze
Oct 2016 - $20.00
We stayed here in our smallish TT in October. Hard to get to on a very windy and narrow dirt road, but if you take it slow it was easily doable. Wooded and pretty campground. One side of the campground is right on the water. The other side is close to the main road into Cataloochee. The first night we had tents all around us which was great. The next night we had a large 5th wheel on one side and another one behind us. Kind of lost the ambience for the second night. It is NOT generator free so that was a little bit of an issue as well. We like nature and quiet and even intermittent generator use is bothersome to us. The ranger was a lot of help and very friendly. There were hikes within easy walking distance from the campground and the elk were an easy bike ride away. Traffic could surprisingly get pretty tight in the afternoons when the elk are out and about. - Marciekaputnik
Jun 2014 - $20.00
Reservations are required. The road to the campground includes a narrow, steep, winding and exposed section of a couple of miles of gravel road over a mountain. Large RVs and large trailers might find it difficult. There is no electricity, water, or sewer hookups at the sites. There are flush toilets and cold water sinks but no showers. The sites in the center of the loop have little privacy. The sites on the outside of the loop have somewhat more privacy. The campground is along side Cattaloochee Creek. - Teardrop11
Sep 2007 - $17.00
This campground has become very popular in recent years due to the elk herd in the nearby fields. This campground does not have a dump station or shower house. It does have a small bathroom facility with flush toilets and a small sink to dump gray water. There are a few potable water spigots located throughout the campground. - Lance-a-Lot
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Jun 2017 - $40.00
A very nice shady spot along a creek/river. Lots of cabins onsite also. Roads were difficult to navigate for a big motorhome with a tow vehicle. We ended up having to unhook our tow when leaving as we could not navigate the steep, narrow, tight turn. We would not stay here again due to the tight roads. - happy wanderer
Mar 2005 - $30.00
I traveled to several sites around Cherokee region (Yogi, KOA, etc...) and everything was extremely crowded due to trout fishing tourney. After traveling approximately 25 miles attempting to locate a campground, I figure I would take a stab at Craig's Campground. The manager was sitting on the front porch of the office and was extremely nice. He suggested a spot next to the creek with full hook-up and we set up camp. Before we left for Cherokee, asked him what time check-out was and he asked us what time we wanted to leave the next day and said not to worry nor hurry. Extremely nice people, facilities were not fancy, but they were very clean. - garyclarke324
Sep 2017 - $20.00
Stayed at Fort Wilderness several days over Labor Day holiday mostly due to most other campgrounds had no sites available and poor planning on my part. We used to camp with our grandson there 14 or 15 years ago and it was a great place to camp. It is sad to see how this campground has fallen into disrepair over the years and we will not camp here again. We paid $20 + $5 a night for cable with the PPA discount. If you must stay there, do not expect the wifi to work or the cable to be adequate. Also, do not leave your sewer hose out after dumping as ours -(a $20 HD hose) was cut with a grass whipper in several places. We received no resolution from the mgr; Gorilla Tape to the rescue. I really don't like to give a campground a bad rating, as it can affect thier business adversely. But in fairness to future campers, a warning to beware before you go is in order. As with any business, it is important to give the customer value for their money and this campground is way overpriced for the inconvenience and grief. Camping at Fort Wilderness was not a pleasant experience. We camped there in a motorhome. - mcr101010
Jun 2016 - $27.00
Surly manager who wanted to make it my fault that the electricity didn't work. The pool was disgusting and closed. Two days later it was cleaned up and open. But, not clean enough that you would want to get into it. It is convenient to the Casino - which makes it all the more expensive. But, whose fault is that?
Most of the residents are there for good, the units ill maintained, and the sites congested with stuff.
I would not stay there again. - The Penguin
Jun 2015 - $35.00
-Check in- Ok, manager smokes inside of the office, if you have issues with smoke, be aware of this.
-After hours- Available.
-RV spots- Close together and the roads are tight. Spots are not very level and can be really muddy after a rain. There are a few good spots, but you have to hunt them down.
-Hookups- Full hookups, including basic cable.
-Wi-Fi- Wi-Fi is supposed to be available, but is completely unreliable. Don't count on it working.
-Bathhouse/Laundry-Disgusting and absolutely nasty bathrooms with built up hair and dirt everywhere, crawling with insects and spider webs in every nook and corner. The men's shower set up is weird with the shower head dangling from above. We didn't see it cleaned during our entire stay.
-Amenities- A pool, but its $4 a person, a day to use. There is a game room with a broken pool table and an old air hockey table that hasn't been used, or even turned on, in ages. Finally, a "civil war" cemetery which is actually just an old family plot with dates back to the years of the war.
-Kids- Kids are welcome, but we didn't see any other families during our stay. The playground isn't bad, but it is not what is featured on the website.
-Pets- Pets are welcome, but no dog park.
-Local area- A bright spot are places to see and things to do relatively close by the grounds. A 15 minute drive to Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountains, and Blue Ridge Parkway. There are also white water rafting businesses 10 minutes from the park as well as a few fast food restaurants.
-Staff- Owner is nice and helpful, but comes off a little creepy.
-Overall- Park is definitely not as advertised. I feel like we were bamboozled by the web site. The good mountain views along the edge of the park almost make it bearable. The park backed up to private property which includes a farm with long horned cows and horses but I would not recommend this park. We will not be coming back again. - D20Nomads
Jul 2017 - $40.00
Great park. Clean as can be. Front office is knowledgeable on the local area. She guided me to my camp site. She was polite and professional. Probably the best check-in I've ever done. The sites are not crowded together like most campgrounds near Cherokee. Wifi and cable TV were good. 50 amp. The drive in is not an issue. Shade trees everywhere. Paved roads. Most sites are level gravel. Highly recommended. - All American 6
May 2017 - $25.00
Park itself is quiet, convenient to Cherokee, clean & reasonably priced (reflects passport America discount). Park advertises that it is big rig friendly, which is true but should be received cautiously- narrow roads, tight turns etc. We had no problem in our 40 foot class A. Utilities reliable but water pressure low, pump required if showering. We would probably not return to this park due to the resident Manager. She insisted on directing us into our back in site regardless of it being easily handled ourselves. She set us up so our slides would have come out into a tree. My husband easily readjusted our bus so as to be better placed in the site, all the while the manager stood outside berating him. She then proceeded to sternly and in a very unwelcoming fashion dictate to us the park rules. Her overall manner is unwelcoming and unfriendly. She told us since we were getting such a good rate on the site we should take it easy on the use of electricity and sewer. She also told us on numerous occasions that her park was not built for vehicles our size, which given they specifically advertise them selves big rig friendly we found curious. - leemhicks
Apr 2016 - $18.00
As said before, narrow road in, but it worked for us with 40' Motorhome, towing. We had a back in site that worked good. Some of the other back in sites are steep to get in to but appear fairly level when you are in them.
Very informative woman at check in.
Some permanent and seasonal sites but all were very well kept up.
Quite, clean park and good access to Smokey Mountain NP.
We would stay here again if in the area. - 210george
Aug 2016 - $15.00
We stayed here from the end of August 2016 until the beginning of January 2017. Top notch owners are the salt of the earth. Usually you could find someone to help you with whatever you needed help with, the long-termers are very friendly and welcoming. It's an older park so it had a few plumbing and drainage issues. The pool was very cold when we tried to use it the week before it closed for the season. We found the atmosphere to be very relaxed. We would stay here again. - Ferrero16
Sep 2012 - $32.00
Most of the campground is taken up with permanent residents. Some of the permanents are pretty run down. Friendly staff. Wi-Fi works only at the store. Good cable TV. OK place to stay if you don't plan on being in the campground all the time. - arkietraveler
Jun 2010 - $35.00
Oh yes! The staff (owners?) were very frendly and helpful indeed. This place is an older campground filled with mostly long-term residents. Very many of them with attachments (more like roots) indicating YEARS of being here. This place is more sow's ear than silk purse. I was placed in a refurbished area (on one of the very FEW pull through sites) and so had 50 amp service. Allowing for mountains and distance from the city I had almost NO Verizion cell service: but was able to use the WiFi. There were several "choke points" (including the main entrance) for larger rigs and a place or two, too tight for much more than a pop-up. I fouled some overhead phone lines while exiting and driving through one of those choke points. The place is somewhat poorly laid out as it seems to have grown in stages over the years. There are too many other places in the area to claim use just for convienence, but in line w/ the general "pricyness" of the area and time of year. Not really sure I would return or suggest others stay. - D Ward
Jul 2017 - $40.00
Must call to make reservations. The website isn't really very good and doesn't have a map which makes it hard to select a site. The river sites are excellent and some of them could handle ~30' rigs. Cell reception was very poor. Bathrooms were mostly clean but very old. The staff was friendly during check in. Sites were mostly dirt, and the campground had lots of shade trees. They were not especially spacious but not too tight either. There are several other campgrounds in the Cherokee area and most of them are outdated and frankly didn't look safe. I would recommend this campground to someone staying in the area and highly recommend a river site. - zDale
May 2017 - $38.00
The Raven Fork river is right at the edge of the park, with some camping from tents to motor homes available on the bank. The river and nearby waters are stocked with trout, and most places are "catch and keep". A Cherokee Indian fishing license ($10 for one day; $17 for two) is required. Most non-tent sites are on concrete. The park was comfortable when about 30% full. The spots, however, are very close together and a full park may feel crowded. The campground was well kept up with the exception of decrepit fire rings. WiFi is almost non-existent with slightly better reception near the office; even there, speed was in the 1-4 kps range (that's kilobytes per second, not megabytes) and useful only for collecting email. The campground is surrounded by hills; satellite TV is available only at a few sites. Camping is cash only. - Mtmoi
Oct 2016 - $46.00
I was pleasantly surprised being surrounded by natural beauty...the trout streams and mountains. It you are looking for relaxation, good price and beautiful scenery, go here! - Millie House
Sep 2017 - $45.00
This is a small campground, which only caters to "nice" campers, which are less than 10 years old. The grounds are very nice, well-kept and neat. There is a shelter where small groups can gather or use for cookouts. We were there at the end of the season, so the store was not well stocked. One employee (manager?) was somewhat moody, being friendly and chatty one moment and cool and businesslike the next. All staff were pleasant and not difficult to deal with. Dogs MUST be kept on a leash. Management WILL let you know about it, if they aren't. - eternalskeptic
Sep 2017 - $36.00
All sites are backin, one side to a river the other to the Great Smoke Mountain RR used by a tourist train. A steam engine occasionally goes by, neat! The road and sites are gravel with a cement patio on the site. There in one straight road through the CG no turnaround at the end for RVs. The road is wide enough for backing in, the river side is blind. There are bushes and trees in all the sites so be careful backing in. The cable TV, 50a, water & sewer all worked fine. Our rooftop dish worked through the trees. Our Verizon hotspot didn't work well, the phone did. The CG WiFi worked most of the time. The staff is VERY friendly and had a free BBQ meal and music Saturday night. There are many seasonal or long term RVs there and are very well kept. - big greg
Jul 2016 - $45.00
We have stayed at this park 3 times We really enjoyed it very much. big wide sites, some shade, restrooms and showers are the best I have been to.The owners are very nice and friendly willing to help any way possible. Will be going back. It is mostly for middle age people and retired folks. Great place. - linda camp