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 6/2015

Latitude: 35.6030851395911
Longitude: -83.7766607644958

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $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 ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • 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 ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

23 Reviews

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WrongWayRandall

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

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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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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jmoore

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

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $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: 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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Rick & Rita

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

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $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: May, 2012 - $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: October, 2011 - $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: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $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: June, 2011 - $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: May, 2011 - $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: November, 2010 - $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: October, 2009 - $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: September, 2009 - $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: August, 2009 - $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: August, 2009 - $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: May, 2009 - $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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