2 Parks near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
May 2016 - $20.00
This is a large campground near the Cades Cove Loop Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains Park. It has NO CELL service at all, but is a beautiful getaway, with loads of families and scouting groups enjoying the park. - JBick
May 2016 - $20.00
Primitive camping with a big helping of nature. There are no showers, no electricity, no cell phone service. They do have bathrooms, which due to high traffic are never very clean. The place is pretty crowded. All this is made more than tolerable by the beauty of the park, the many things to do, and the abundance of wildlife. We saw deer, coyotes, rabbits, even a bear. Will definitely be returning. - Rebbil
Sep 2015 - $20.00
I have mixed feelings about this campground. It is in the middle of the forest yet there was lots of traffic coming through the area to drive the circle around the campground.
Our site was smallish but adequate. The site had not been blown off and so there was lots of leaves and tree debris, looked unkept. The worst part to us was the cement logs and barriers along the road, the sides of the sites and the back of the sites. I think this deters from the ambiance of the park as well as making it difficult to park into some sites.
It has no services so we brought our own water tank full, empty gray and black tanks and a generator. We also came w a full refrigerator and freezer as a large grocery is not convenient.
The circle road is only closed to traffic on Wed/Sat early mornings. I think it should be closed more for bike traffic, suggest Sun. There were a great many bikers when we were there, along w many walkers. The Visitors center is half way around and does not have any drinks so make sure you have your own with you. With all the stops we made, seeing historic cabins and other sites, it took us about 3 hours to do the loop, getting off just as auto traffic was approaching. More info in tips... - twotimes
Oct 2015 - $10.00
We visited the Great Smokies during the changing of the leaves. Very beautiful, but there were hoards of people. The campground was very full, and our site was next to the trash dumpster. If you can reserve a site on the stream side, it is well worth your time. The stream had a good flow, and the sound was mesmerizing. If you have big rig, be prepared to dodge low hanging branches, narrow roads with drivers who don't know where their middle of the road begins and ends. Satellite service was impossible due to the forest. - simonsrf
Sep 2014 - $22.00
Primitive ....lots of peace and quiet until your neighbor (who cannot afford a National Park approved generator for noise) runs it continously. Complaints and questions to park headquarters were answered, but were unenforceable because they did not have a dosimeter... I offered to buy the app for them. So for the first time in countless visits, we left early . I was actually ashamed to call myself a local and the inconsiderate people next door-local. But otherwise try to stay off of the generator loop. Maybe you can tolerate it until the 8pm quiet time kicks in. Plenty of room for the kids to ride bikes and play in the river. Great area to commute to hiking trails, Gatlinburg, and Cades Cove. Sites clean and wide. Have pay phones for use, since no cell phone service is available. Store has plenty of firewood and supplies available if needed. Campground hosts accessible and very knowledgable. A peaceful place to relax and look for wildlife. - scottymac
Aug 2011 - $24.00
We had family from Switzerland with us and had a large group of kids. This place was a blast! The younger kids were told about the Junior Park Ranger Program and we were on! Very educational ranger programs and lots of things to do! All the rangers were very helpful , knowledgeable and friendly! Can't wait to go back! - ehale3