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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee



Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
Phone: (865) 448-2472

Sites: 159
Recent Rate: $20 5/2016

Latitude: 35.6030851395911
Longitude: -83.7766607644958

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) no
  • 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 ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • 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 ?
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
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • 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
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • 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 no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • 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 no
  • 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 no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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25 Reviews

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Rebbil

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

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. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Tips for other Campers:

If you like to hike, do the round trip to Abrams Falls. It's about 5 miles and it's beautiful!

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twotimes

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $20.00
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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... We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

We enjoyed our bike ride on the 11 mi. circle around the park on Sat morning before the cars are allowed on the circle. It is narrow and I would not even try to bike there when the cars are allowed. The circle road is fine but do know there are some killer hills. We saw a bear very near us as we neared the end of our trip. That was exciting.

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burnswl

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $11.00
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We stayed one night this time (we have been here many times). July was just too hot for us in a motorhome. We stay in a 40 foot Motorhome and there are only a few sites we can fit in. The one that was available was in near full sun all day and the temps were in the 90's. We had to seek a campground with hookups this time. I think we would have been able to stay longer if we would have fit on a different site. The campground is one of our all time favorites. It has no hookups and no showers, but a stay here is well worth the primitive nature of the campground. Wildlife (deer, turkey, and an occasional bear wander through the campground. We have met the nicest campers here and made some lasting friends from across the country. The Cades Cove Loop Road is the major attraction, but the entire Smokey Mountain National Park is available for your enjoyment. We will stay here again. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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WrongWayRandall

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $20.00
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We stayed on a holiday weekend and found the campground to be crowded and noisy, but still a great place to stay. Entering the park, the registration station features a long lane, so finding a place to stop to register was easy. The check-in process was simple (we reserved our spot online) and the staff were friendly and efficient. We were told that we would want to fill our water tank at the dump station (kind of off-putting, to be honest) but found the potable water area clean and at a reasonable distance from the dump station. Filling was simple and there was plenty of room to make the turn back to the entrance so that we could get to our loop.

The roads inside the campground are narrow and one-way in many places, so if you have a long rig you may have to be very careful getting lined up to back into your spot. Concrete 'logs' and large rocks make this a bit more complicated as well. It may be advantageous to look at the satellite view of your spot to see if you'll have room to back larger campers. That said, we say many larger rigs in there so it can be done - just be prepared to a test of your skills.

The camp store is fantastic, featuring coffee, hot food, dry goods of all sorts, firewood, ice, and even rental bicycles. Check the hours of the store - they tend to be open early and close at 5 PM.

Lastly, be aware that there are NO utilities at any of the sites (except low voltage for the few ADA spots, but these require evidence of need before you can reserve them.) All spots have a large tent pad, fire ring, and short driveway. The surface of our spot was wildly out of level and composed of decaying asphalt and gravel. It took some work to get leveled out, and we still were leaning quite a bit. There are water fountains at the rest rooms if you need more water (take your jugs, not your camper.)

All things considered though, I would stay here again in a heartbeat - it's a great place! We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Make sure that you have room to maneuver your rig - some of the spots are tight. Also, if you go on Wednesday or Saturday ride the Cades Cove loop on a bicycle or walk part of it as they close the road to vehicles and you can really see so much more that way. Have fun!

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Barefootdog

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

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

Beautiful scenery all around. Cades Cove loop road is a must-see when in the Smoky’s and this campground is right there. Roads are paved and all sites are gravel. There’s a fast running stream just 50 or so yards from the campground, making it a great place to walk dogs. There are no hookups but they do have flush toilets in the bathhouses, which are kept clean despite the number of campers using them. The cost is $17 and while cheap doesn’t buy you anything other than a a place to park your camper. Sites are close together. This has been my experience in national parks and Cades Cove is no exception. Most sites are not level but many appear to be big rig friendly. No cellphone service of any kind is available. Even with our booster and directional antenna, we got nothing. Satellite is not possible due to the heavy tree cover. Generators in loop B where we stayed are allowed. As is the case with most if not all national parks, dogs are only allowed on the roads and in campgrounds so no pet friendly hiking is available. We stayed in early May when only walk-ins are allowed. The campground was about 1/2 full when we arrived at 4 PM on a Thursday however Friday and Saturday appeared to be full. The best thing about this campground is the loop road around Cades Cove. On each 11 mile 1-way trip, we saw numerous deer, turkey and at least 1 black bear. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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jmoore

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $10.00
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Absolutely beautiful place. We were through there a couple of weeks ago and you cannot compete with the raw beauty that was the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cades Cove was a wonderful campground that, while full, offered a host of people respectful of one another and were all there for the same reason - to enjoy the great outdoors. I will be returning regularly. And the drive out of the park was even better than the drive in. Most scenic place in the US, near as I can tell. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Rick & Rita

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $20.00
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We stay here every May. Have had only good experiences. Well maintained. No showers available. Restrooms are always clean. Close to camp store, where they sell camping supplies, groceries, and hot foods. Another store on the premises sells souvenirs and ice cream cones. There's also a bike rental shack. Also available guided horse tour, buggy rides. Cades Cove Loop is a wonderful place to see nature at it's best, including wild animals- black bear, deer, turkeys, coyotes, wild boar, snakes, birds and more. Gorgeous scenery all around with old homesteads to walk through. Lots of nature trails. We love it there! We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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bodyshop bob

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $17.00
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If you want a campground that offers level sites, many in good shade and a most unique atmosphere then this is the place for you. Know this -- there are no hookup in all but 2 sites. There is fresh water available at each bath house and each loop has 2 bath houses. You will not get cell phone reception. Your laptop aircard will not get you online. You will (most likely) wake up to the sounds of a tom turkey calling his hens. You will probably get a little tired of seeing deer. We did not encounter any black bear and we got up early and stayed out late looking for them. My son was most impressed by the multitude of young people and how friendly everyone acted. A great campground for kids, adults, the young-at-heart and others. If you like amenities and pools and playgrounds and rec rooms, this is not your campground. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

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Buford Camper

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $17.00
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This is a great campground. It's not for RV people who need their hookups and electricity. They have two sections, one allows generator use, the other does not. I stay in the non-generator section and it's very quiet. On weekends, people just driving through stop and make a mess of the restrooms, but the rest of the time they are clean. The best time to camp here is September through May. The summer is very crowded and you are more likely to experience noise, trash, dirty restrooms, etc. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Coma

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $20.00
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Our favorite campsite ever. The only thing we dislike about it is the disgusting bathrooms. I don't think anyone cleans these things at all. Other than that, we have a really good time cruising the loop, taking pictures and camping. We play in the creek a lot with the kids and at the end of each day walk down and get some ice cream. The rangers here are mostly friendly (with the exception of a few rent-a-rangers), but for the most part, we really enjoy camping here. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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The Happy Traveler

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $20.00
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Wow. I look at the previous ratings and can tell some reviewers are letting the emotions get ahead of reality. Yes, Cades Cove is simply beautiful, the animals (bear, fox, owls, turkey, deer, etc.) are abundant and fascinating to observe. Everyone should visit this place at least once in their lives. But it's time to review the campground, and it was pitiful. The good news is that the bathrooms were clean, and there are three dump stations to accommodate traffic. Picnic tables were new. However, the roadways in the CG are in poor condition with potholes, disintegration, etc. Speeding on the outer loop of the non-generator area back to the group campsite is a serious problem. We easily estimated people driving 40 MPH at times, with children and pedestrians everwhere. Never saw a ranger patrol the area over two days. Park was far more concerned about confiscating ice chests from campsites (bear safety) than about high speed travel. Campsite was hemmed in by artificial concrete "logs", making it feel stuffy. Asphalt simply "ended" while backing into our site in an irregular, broken maze and off into gravel and crumbly asphalt we parked. Site was not level in any direction. No showers, (and with no hookups and lots of tenters, well, I'll let you imagine). Being Cades Cove, and being summer (the place was packed with people), one would expect evening campfire programs every night. There was only one, and it rained that night. Very disappointing. We were especially disappointed with Cades Cove when we visited Cosby CG at the other end of the park and compared it to Cades Cove CG. Cosby was totally renovated with perfect campsites. Enjoy the Cove, the horseback riding, hiking, and biking. But be prepared for a campground in need of modernization and speed enforcement. We would not camp here again. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Consuelo Heath

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $20.00
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Great National Park campground... no hookups but large 3-drop dump station with potable water. Very generous (large) site, wooded for some shade. We were in B59 and it stayed shaded all day. Campground is next to the famous Cades Cove loop - we rode our bikes around the 11-mile loop and saw bears, wild turkey and deer. Reasonable generator rules (8am-8pm, not continuous). Horseback riding, carriage rides, ice cream, bike rentals within walking distance. General store with pay phone. NO CELL SIGNAL. Make a reservation and come on by! We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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nanapatty

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $20.00
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The proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains makes this park highly desirable. It is within walking distance of Cades Cove. It's a great place to ride bikes because, in spite of being in the mountains, the campground itself is really only gently rolling. There is a small grocery with a grill in it. They are known for their soft-serve ice cream. There is also a bike rental place. The sites are quite large with lots of space between. Even though the website claims to accommodate units up to only 35 feet, we took our 40-foot rig here. You just have to be sure you get one of the larger sites, and the site lengths are listed online. I love that you can make site-specific reservations. The bath houses are clean, but there are no showers. Because of black bears in the area, the rangers are VERY particular about food storage. If you leave your site and leave a cooler out, they will confiscate it. I appreciate that. The campground has two sections: one that allows generators and one that does not. Since this is dry camping, that is a significant factor to consider. There is horseback riding in the area, and sometimes there are hayrides. They also have ranger-guided nature hikes/tours sometimes. There is absolutely NO security at this campground. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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User1064

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $10.00
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This is a wonderful camping area, especially in the fall. There are no hookups, phones, TV service, or other amenities. Water is available as well as restrooms and a dump site. Hiking, animal watching and just relaxing is great here. We love it. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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greyghost

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $20.00
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This is my favorite on earth. The cove is lovely and you can spend days hiking around the cove or just waking the 11 mile loop road. The Loop Road and the roads in the CG are in bad need of repair and are scheduled to be re-surfaced in May 2010. The loop road will be closed at that time. Sites are well shaded. Restrooms are clean but no showers. Very nice dump station in CG. Fresh water is available at dump station or at restrooms. Store is well stocked and bike rentals available. Horseback tours are available in the warmer months. No cell phone service and limited over the air TV reception. Caution on entering check-in station low overhanging branches. Staff at this facility are very friendly and helpful. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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