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Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground)

Gatlinburg, Tennessee


434 Elkmont Rd
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee 37738
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Sites: 220
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.66406064447
Longitude: -83.589820861816

Elevation: 2067' (approximate)
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) 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 no
  • $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 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 no
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 ?
  • yes-stream Waterfront Waterfront yes-stream
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • 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) yes
  • 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 yes
  • 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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Ratings overview

20 Reviews

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

Great Park once you get there - long twisty road up to the campground, but a wonderful spot with wooded sites and wild turkeys everywhere. Was there in the fall and the colors were amazing. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Worth the drive - just wonderful

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice park that is maintained in a very natural state. Only reason for not rating a 10 is that signs indicated campground was full when there were a number of empty sites in the campground. Bathrooms near site were inoperable for 1 night however; staff were very quick in resolving the problem by the next morning. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
H
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel 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
Tips for other Campers:

Shuttle pick up to Gatlinburg was very inexpensive and very convenient when visiting Gatlinburg or Sugarland Visitor Center.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

Loved it!!!!!! Beautiful area! Clean, plenty of trees for shade.

I wish they had showers but given the wonderful environment, I will still be back. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
H012
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

One of my favorite places to stay in the Smokies. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Other

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Covered Forested
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Review Count: 71
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

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

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
J15
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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! We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived late one evening, got our site set up and drove into Gatlinburg to gather some supplies. Gatlinburg is kind of like a beach boardwalk, so it may or may not be what you enjoy. Even in the middle of July, the humidity was very high. It rained all 3 days we were there, so we never really felt dry. The campers beside us gave up and went to Knoxville. The river/stream is awesome. It has a good flow rate, and generates a nice sound when sleeping at night. We let the kids float part of the stream on some tubes. They loved it, but the water is cold, so have some nice big towels to bundle them up in when finished. The shade is very dense in the park due to the amount of very large shade trees. The restrooms were cleaned daily, but there are no showers in the park. I loved the park, but the damp/wet weather made our trip a bit difficult. If you had a few days of clear and dry skies, this might be an almost perfect place. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

No hookups whatsoever are available. Clean restrooms with flush toilets and water is available throughout park. No showers but you can take a dip in the river which runs through the park. Don't use soap in the river! Portable showers are not allowed in the park either! Construction is taking place just outside of camping area but it is quiet at night. The construction appears that it will be completed before winter. Lots of improvements such as paving has been done this year throughout the GSM NP. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

There are currently some renovations being done in the campground. Some restrooms are closed, some water faucets are not working, and there are some piles of debris or building materials cluttering up an otherwise beautiful place. You can get a large RV in here, but will most likely have to make a reservation far in advance as maybe half of the parking pads tend to be small. Some tree limbs were low over the roads in some spots and I’d be concerned about damage to rubber roofs, antennas, etc. With the dump station being located six miles away, and you are supposed to fill fresh water tanks there as well, I just didn’t consider it to be an RV friendly campground. That said it made a wonderful and peaceful retreat after a day in town. Easily worth the extra effort to get a large trailer in here and in a year or so when construction is finished it should only be better. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

If you are looking for a great CG near Gatinburg and can boon dock, this is a great CG. Restrooms are nearby all sites but no showers available. Sites are level and natural. Park federal officials at check-in are typical bureaucrats not very helpful. However the walk-around hosts are very helpful. Hiking trails are all around. Mountain stream (little river) is beautiful. There is no dumping station at the CG. It is located across from the Sugarlands visitor center. Fresh water is available from faucets located near the restrooms. There is a limited amount of overflow parking available. This may be a must if you have a big RV and toad or TV. At your site, you must park on the paved site only not on grass. We love this CG and its surroundings. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in a 32 ft motorhome in June for the synchronous fireflies. Very nice campground, remember there is no electricity, so be prepared. The sites are huge, very shady and spacious. We wanted a river site, but they were all taken. Maybe next time. We will be back. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Elkmont is the most isolated big campground I've been to in this part of the US. Watch out if you're taking the Little River road from Townsend in a big RV: it's really twisty and narrow with rock overhangs. I felt like my 28-footer barely made it. Don't know if a big rig would fit. Elkmont is the antithesis of nearby Gatlinburg which is very ticky-tack. It's probably the most peaceful spot I've ever taken the RV. Tall forest canopy covers the campground: it's all shade. The streams in the campground can't be duplicated elsewhere. My kids love this campground but they're outdoor types. If your kids need TV, Wi-Fi, cell phones, game rooms, etc., please take 'em somewhere else less quiet. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed at this campground for the last 3 yrs. Never any problems and to date the best place we have ever stayed. OK, They have no elect or water hook ups or showers. The bathrooms have running water. We stay for the hiking and backpacking in June. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2008 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Continues to be a great family campground. Quiet and spacious sites. Plenty of room to ride bikes and play in the river. Many easy hiking trails accessible. No hook-ups available. No cell phone service. No showers in restrooms. No problems. No fireworks for anxious dogs. Emergency number for park service available. I had a death in my family and they could not have been more accommodating. One of the most restful campgrounds ever. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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