Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground)

     


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

Sites: 159
Recent Rate: $20 5/2014


Latitude: 35.6030851395911
Longitude: -83.7766607644958

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview

22 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

jmoore

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

Date of Stay: - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Barefootdog

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $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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Rick & Rita

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

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

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: - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

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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The Happy Traveler

Review Count: 84
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Coma

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

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Consuelo Heath

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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: - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

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: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

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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usmc8643

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

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

A nice park if you want to dry camp. Had big sites. We didn't use the bathhouse but it's a nice place. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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sschwartz

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a WONDERFUL national park campground. The sites are huge. You should only camp here is you are prepared to dry camp - there are no hookups of any kind. If you are prepared for this, you will be in the midst of the beautiful Smokies right next to Cades Coves - truly a heaven on earth. I have camped and hiked in a dozen national parks, and while this does not have the grandeur of the Tetons or Glacier, it is well worth the visit. If you want the awful kitsch of Pigeon Forge or Gatlinberg, then this will NOT be for you. If you are there for the glory of the national park, then it is wonderful. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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FriarTuck

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

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Campsites are large, well maintained, and shady. Designated fire pits are located on each site. Trails, creeks, ranger classes, picnic areas, bike rental, and horseback riding available. Cold water bath houses have sinks and toilets, but no showers. This is a wonderful back to nature campground with many activity options. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

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VACHZHD

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

A beautiful National Park, no hook-ups, but we can dry camp comfortably for 4-5 days. Generator use was allowed during certain times only and one section of the park was designated a no-generator area. Great access to the Cades Cove loop, good hiking and biking trails. Reservations would be a good idea - it was much busier than we though it would be - we were only able to stay three nights because of upcoming reservations. (877) 444-6777 We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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