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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina


Smokemont Campground Rd. A
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina 28719
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Sites: 138
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.549657970302
Longitude: -83.309725821018
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-stream Waterfront Waterfront yes-stream
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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26 Reviews

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
D32
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Cherokee is touristy but has the closest usable Verizon cellular service (5-10 minutes from campground). There is a large Harrah'scasino and hotel comples in Cherokee now. The 30-minute drive to the Deep Creek area is worth it for waterfall viewing. Ditto Clingmans Dome for the mountain-top views.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Slightly better than typical National Park. Paved roads and site pads. Scattered trees to provide shade but not privacy. No cell phone service. Standard NPS no electric, no wifi. Moderately full even mid-week in early April with thunderstorms raging. Back-ins a little tight with narrow loop road, trees on the sides, and near 90-degree angles. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B35
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Qualla Java in town has excellent coffee and very good wifi. Near intersection of US 441 and US 19. There is also a Starbucks at the casino, but Qualla Java is better.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

As expected for an NPS site. No hookups and no showers, so about as rustic as it gets. $17 to camp in the off-season, though things were starting to get crowded on a weekday in late March when the weather was nice. Reservations are not accepted before May 15, and loops C, D and F were off-limits when we visited. If you camp during full occupancy, I would stay as far back in the campground as possible. The configuration means traffic for all 142 sites is funneled through loops A and B so I imagine it would be quite busy. Decent tree cover and you can hear the creek on the western side of the campground. NPS is a little stingy with campsite spacing though, so we had a pretty clear view of every person on the loop and what they were cooking. But nothing beats camping in the park and having trailheads at your campsite. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B37
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the A section in our 22 foot TT. Our slot was double wide which was great for our TT and the tow vehicle parked beside it. This is a wooded campground so solar would be an issue if you needed that. The A section is a "no generator" area so it was predominantly tents....which was great with us...don't like being beside big rigs. The spaces were the farthest apart we found in GSMNP. The bathouse was clean and centrally located and had a sink outside for washing dishes. There was also water easily available. The dump station and trash were convenient as well. The campground is directly on a beautiful creek and there are hiking trails leaving from the campground. Overall a terrific experience. If the spaces were even further apart it would get a 10. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A003
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here two nights in a motorhome. The spaces are wide and give plenty of room for privacy. There are no hookups and also no cell phone or Internet coverage. Also the generator hours are 8am till 8pm which makes it difficult for us coffee lovers. Otherwise it is a great park if you like to be off the beaten path to enjoy the seclusion and wildlife. Would probably stay here again but not over one night. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
F040
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Site A6 Smokemont Campground Why we chose here? It's in the southern part of the Great Smoky Mountains Location: North Carolina, just north of Cherokee Peak Season: 15 May to 15 Oct Sites: 142, they say it accommodates 35-40' RV's but there are limited spots for these sizes, especially for 5th Wheels as we need to fit a truck on the site as well, unhooked. There are a number of loops, F loop which is for RV's was closed as it doesn't open until the 15th May. The campsites are tight. Facilities: Restrooms, Dump Station with drinking water, Garbage bins Groceries: Cherokee is 8 miles away, the Lion grocery store is next to McDonalds on the 441 Reservations: Yes, but not before 15 May Cell Coverage / WiFi: No, you will get it in Cherokee Price Paid: $17 off peak, $20 in peak season Date of visit: May 2016, we camped in A6 Other: There are some trails accessible from the campground. No generators are allowed in loops A, B & C during peak season. Quiet hours 10pm to 6am. Loop F is for RV's only. Loops D & F are closed in the off season. Ranger station in the campground. The campground runs along the river. Self registration during the off season. Ten minutes to the town of Cherokee Would we come here again? Yes, it's a nice campground. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A6
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground is close to the main road for traversing the park and easy distance to Cherokee for touristy stuff. We stayed in the F loop with a popup. The sound of the creek nearby was nice. Site F12 is private, but there was some poison ivy around the perimeter during early August.

The campground does not have an onsite store other than wood and ice at the horse riding stables nearby. The men's room in the single F-loop bathroom facility was cleaned daily when we were there, but there is only one sink with an annoying push button control directly over the middle of the basin. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
F12
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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). We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
F044
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

This is a great jumping off point for exploring the trails - Clingman's Dome is a must!! Getting Internet in the park is impossible unless you climb pretty high and end up in a spot with a clear view, then it's possible to get enough of a signal to do some basic things.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A7
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Go in early June to see the synchronous fireflies!

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Review Count: 219
States Visited: 50
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
F 13
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Another typical national park campground. Prior to May 15, only walk-in sites are available, however only in Loop B. The more desirable Loop F as well as all other loops are closed until May 15. Loop B contains small sites more suited to tents and small trailers. We were able to find a couple of sites that could accommodate our 30’ trailer but we had to park the truck in a separate spot. In many sites, the picnic table and sitting area is on the street-side of the trailer. No hookups are available. They do have flush toilets which are kept clean. There is a beautiful stream that flows through the campground and flows right by many Loop F sites. Roads and sites are paved. Sites are fairly level; we did not need to use side-to-side leveling blocks. The is a very faint Verizon signal although we could not get an improved signal using our booster and external antenna. Heavy tree cover prevents the use of satellite. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 107
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park, however definitely not big rig friendly. Yes, sites themselves are large enough, but travel on the campground roads to get to them (and in/out of them) is tough! There is also the issue of low-hanging branches throughout the campground that will brush your RV. Although a nice campground, we will not camp here again and recommend that if you have a >30' towable (FW/TT) or >34' MH, pass on this campground. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 159
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 30

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

National Park campground. Loop D are all pull through, loop F is all back in. Roads paved. You can get Wi-Fi and cell service down at the visitors center. Verizion data service works well down here. They have a dump station and water down there. Campground generator hours are 8-8. A nice quiet campground with lots of hiking. There are no showers and only 20 amp hookup available in the handicap sites. Plan on a boon docking dry camp experience. Old peoples pass is $10/night. Use recreation.gov for reservations. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

We were here over the Memorial Day weekend. The campground staff were very friendly and enforced the rules. The only issue was the cable was fuzzy and staff tried to fix it. They were unable to but it was the first busy weekend of the year. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is typical mountain / National Park. Most sites are generous and well shaded. We were in D2, a pull-through facing the stream. There was no Verizon cell or data in the Park. A 9 mile drive to Cherokee provided a solid signal for both. We were here over Memorial Day weekend, and although the Park was full, the atmosphere was friendly. As an activity, we went zip-lining with the Nantahala George Canopy Tour CO, it was GREAT!!! We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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