69 Parks near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina
Jun 2015 - $20.00
We had a shady spot on the end with lots of space. Although it didn't have hookups, it was very quiet and the numerous restrooms were regularly cleaned. We saw the synchronous fireflies. It was a very peaceful, relaxing weekend. The only frustrating thing was that we couldn't hike with our dog on the park trails, which is a park policy, and why we don't go to the Smokies more often. - Amyn
Jun 2015 - $20.00
Stayed three days in the F loop at site 44, a great spot with the river running directly behind the site. We got to fall asleep to the sound of running water, which was wonderful. No hookups at any sites. Our Verizon MiFi had no signal, even with a cell booster, but we could get a signal (even without booster) once we left the park and went south into Cherokee. Some issues with barking dogs (which happens in every campground), but other than that noise wasn't a problem - this wasn't a partying crowd like a lot of campgrounds tend to be plagued by on the weekends (the lack of connections and the fact that F loop is an RV only loop probably helps). - LanderWust
Oct 2014 - $20.00
Bad luck on our part. The weather was not cooperative at all. It rained so much we were expecting Noah to come sailing down the creek, which rose to an alarming level over one of the nights there. Beautiful cg. Just a little pricey for dry camping though kept it from a 10 in my rating system. Sites in F loop are large & reasonably spaced. CG roads had some tight spots for a large rig but doable for anything with care. - Veebyes
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
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
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
Sep 2013 - $25.00
The roads to get into park were really narrow. The sites were gravel sort of level and narrow. Mostly full time residents there. We were "treated" to bad singing on the weekends. The owner is a very prejudice, but the manager was nice. The location was convenient to go the the NP. We came in Sept- so the pool was closed but I don't it was cleaned ever!! Don't stay here. - c+jp 5rvers
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
Apr 2015 - $18.00
Park is a convenient place to stay while visiting the area. The roads in and out are very narrow and if you are towing a trailer you have to exit by the entrance road. That was not a problem, just a little confusing. The wifi worked good but there were not a lot of users. I would stay here again if visiting Cherokee, however I would try to find another area around GSMNP that was not just a "tourist trap". - VtLee
May 2014 - $36.00
We really enjoyed this small, well-run park. It was mostly quiet during our stay, even though we were here over the Memorial Day weekend. It was far enough off US-441 to avoid any road noise. Many of the smaller sites under the trees would not accommodate our 40' motorhome, but they were very nice for smaller RVs. Sites #3 and #4 up on the hill were large and level pull-throughs, and we fit into #4 just fine. The interior road was narrow and paved, in fact it was one-way and two large RVs would not have been able to pass one another on it. Some sites were gravel and some grass, most looked fairly level after driving up a small hill to reach them. The full hookups included strong 50-amp power, good water pressure, cable (ours didn't work), a good fire pit, and a table that was falling apart. The Verizon signal to our phones and amplified hotspot was strong, and the park also provided good Internet service. Bathrooms and showers were fairly old, but clean. The laundry room consisted of 2 washers, 2 dryers and a small folding table. The woman managing the park was very friendly and helpful, and she provided us with lots of useful information about the area that she had composed herself. Firewood was inexpensive and nice and dry. There was a grocery store within two miles of the park, and the town of Sylva with many more services was about 20 minutes away. We would definitely come back to this nice place. The stated rate was based on their weekly rate. - LowesTravels
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 2009 - $26.00
The Smokies are a wonderful place to visit and camp and this park is right smack in the center of everything to do on the North Carolina side. The property is an older park that is neat and well keep. Most riverfront sites have seasonal units permanently in place with cool river decks, so only a few of those are available for short term visits. The park does have several decks with walk downs to the river that are large with plenty of room-close to all the sites. The staff is friendly and very accommodating-you feel like family. We'll be back! - mikebadingolf
Apr 2016 - $36.00
Beautiful setting! This campground sits on a river that has waterfalls and rapids. We had a site on the river with the sights and sounds of rushing rapids right out our back window. It is surrounded by mountains and shady.
The Verizon cellular service was very weak, as the park is surrounded by mountains and the camp's WiFi was non-existent. They said they were working on it.
There are tent sites on the river as well as larger sites for trailers, 5th wheels and motorhomes. Some reviewers have said the sites on the river were close together but were were almost up to the "permanent residents" section and the sites 12, 13, 14 (we were on 13) were very spacious. There are many pull-throughs and back-in sites off the river and those don't have as many shade trees. The upper portion of the park is for permanent residents and it is kept very neat with strict rules that maintains the beauty of the campground and surrounding area.
Water pressure was good and cable was snowy and only about 25 channels.
We will go back because we really enjoyed the campgrounds and the area. - jomark
Jul 2015 - $45.00
We stayed here over the 4th of July and it was very crowded during that period as to be expected. Some sites can be pretty tight especially those next to the river. It is a very lovely location and the people that run this are very nice. Wifi wasn't very good during our stay and that could have been due to the amount of people there. Verizon signal was hit or miss. There are some big trees that could be a problem for large rigs if one doesn't take there time. Overall a very nice campground that sits right on a river stocked with trout. We'll go back but at a different time of the year when its less crowded . - NPmoto
Sep 2013 - $40.00
We camped here for a month and the monthly rate for a non-river spot is only $400--a great deal and well worth the money! The restrooms are clean and the showers have plenty of pressure and hot water. There is a large laundry room and a game room. The front section is mostly paved spots with full hook-ups, picnic tables and fire rings. There are smaller tent/pop-up sites along the river in the front section. The middle section is not paved, however, all of the sites that are not on the river are level pull-through sites, most with shade trees. The river side sites are back-in and they have a gorgeous view. The back section is for permanent campers, and they are very well kept and folks are friendly. There is a trail that runs along the river which is great for dog walking and enjoying the views, including a small waterfall right across the river. The staff is very friendly. The campground is about two miles up Big Cove Road from downtown Cherokee. On up Big Cove Road about another 2 miles is Mingo Falls, a nice little hike. If you're looking for a reasonably priced mountain get-away, this is the place to be! - Angie C
Jul 2015 - $16.00
Excellent staff (co-managing couples). Park is on the river. Sites large, privacy fences between site. Easy access to river trail and river. Wifi not the greatest unless close to office. Restrooms sparkling clean. Good Laundry facilities with good prices. Great Park. we will return! - M&MLuna
Jun 2015 - $30.00
Very clean park. We were greeted when we arrived and shown our site before trying to back in. Staff was fantastic. River was right behind us with steps leading down to the shore. The only downside was iffy WiFi. We would definitely stay here again. - ShagsMom
Jun 2015 - $28.00
Stayed here for 10 days, at the far back end of the lot in site 36. We were greeted with American flags displayed at every site post, due to the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, which was a nice treat. We were able to fit a 30' into this spot (though it's one of the smallest). Backing in was a bit difficult, since the slope of the lot against the railroad means there isn't much clearance. Plus the concrete picnic pad makes for very tight maneuvering. The biggest issue with staying here was traffic! It's right across the river from US-74, and it's moderately busy 24 hours. In addition, there's a sloped uphill road on the other side of the train tracks that gets a lot of traffic. With the a/c on; however, it's not too much of an issue. I thought the train might be a problem, but in the ten days we were there we only saw it three times, always in the late morning/early afternoon hours, so don't worry about it waking you up. Like another reviewer said, the only thing that runs on it is a historic rail line tour. We could not get a direct wireless signal here using Verizon Mifi, but we could get a signal using a cell booster. No cell phone service by itself, though. The campground hosts were wonderful, and did everything possible to make us feel at home. If we ever visit the Smokies again, we would stay here for sure. - LanderWust