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Townsend, Tennessee

Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground)

Townsend, Tennessee


10042 Campground Dr
Townsend, Tennessee 37882
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Sites: 159
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.603085139591
Longitude: -83.776660764496

Elevation: 1899' (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 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 no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • 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
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi no
  • 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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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

37' travel trailer. We arrived on a Wednesday and most spots in the generator loop were taken and we had a hard time getting our truck trailer in. Thin roads and uneven spots. In fact, the 8 miles of windy road leading to the campground made the skyline drive of Shenadoah look like a 3 lane expressway. We stayed a single night and left. The rangers were nice enough and the area is beautiful, but we wouldn't try this again with anything other than a tent. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Our site, one of the last left when we reserved online, did not work out for us at all. C74 is rated for RVs up to 34 feet, however it is a narrow site between trees and perpendicular to the narrow campground road, resulting in a very difficult back-in process. No utilities, of course. The picnic table and fire ring were on the wrong side of the site, for an RV... Nice tent pad, but that's of no value for an RV.... We wouldn't stay here again. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C74
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Cades Cove 11 mile driving loop was bumper-to-bumper when we drove it at 4pm on a weekday in September. There are supposed to be some good hiking trails, which we didn't have time to check out. No Verizon or other cellular service and the forest canopy prevents satellite access, so plan on being off the grid while here. Townsend, 9 miles down the narrow park access road offers the nearest amenities, including grocery and hardware stores and several commercial RV parks.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

We chose the non-generator "C" loop. Our particular site, C-20, was paved with concrete. Our 27' travel trailer fit in the pad but the truck didn't. The pad was just wide enough to park them side by side but it took some finesse to get them both in there. The pads are perpendicular to the street and thus hard to back into. The interior roads were rough. Big rigs best go elsewhere. We loved the metal picnic table and the fire can. We had one of the few concrete pads. Most other sites were best suited for tents or pop-ups. We hardly used the bath house. It had no shower and only one stall. It was clean but the smell was not fresh. We were disappointed that there are no trails in the park that allow dogs on leash. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C-20
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The highlight of our 3-day stay was the evening (just before sunset) drives in the Cades Cove Loop. By that time the city dwellers are mostly gone and the traffic is mostly your fellow campers.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

If you come to Cades Cove Campground in the heart of the Smoky Mountains and you are not prepared, then don't blame the park or the rangers or the bears. There is NO sewer or water or electric at the individual sites and there is no Wi-Fi or cable TV or cell service. But then who comes to the Smokey Mountains to watch television or stream movies? If you do, then you are missing one of the wonders of the world. Yes, we filled our fresh water tank the day before we arrived, and dumped the gray and black tanks at the commercial campground the night before. We made sure the single 12 volt battery on the trailer was fully charged and the gas bottles topped off. And then we had fun with nature! We were there for three nights during the week prior to Memorial Day so it was almost like we had the campground to ourselves. It was exceptionally quiet and very peaceful. And the folks we spoke to were there for the same reason as we...to see nature at its best. The restrooms were clean and very usable. Yes, the site we chose took a little maneuvering to get our 24 foot travel trailer backed in, but this is not the place you want to bring your 50 foot mega camper. Unfortunately we didn't see any bears in the campground, but on our last evenings cruise around the loop road, we saw mothers and their cubs, deer, turkeys, a fox, and a coyote. That's what camping in Cades Cove is all about. We would return in a heart-beat. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
c-74
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Turn off your cell phones, I-pads, and whatever other electronic equipment you carry with you and enjoy nature.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

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

Cade's Cove CG is a nice but very busy CG. Lots of campers/tents packed together fairly tightly. Not like a commercial CG, but fairly tight. Still had a good time, but you need to know that the sites are not super spacious. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C52
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The Cade's Cove loop drive is beautiful, but you need to time it right or you are just looking at the back of the car in front of you. We rode bikes about 11 AM and it literally was like we were in game-day traffic at a stadium for most of the loop. Bumper to bumper traffic. They have 2 mornings a week that are only open to bikes, but that ended the week before we went unfortunately. Go early in the morning before the drivers from Gatlinburg have time to get there.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
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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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

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

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

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The Cades Cove Loop trail is exquisitely beautiful and is closed to cars Wednesday and Saturday mornings. We rode bikes around the loop on Saturday morning, thoroughly enjoying the glorious meadows, wildflowers, and even spotting seven bears. Knowing that we had limited time to ride the narrow road with bikes, we drove the loop later during the day to check out the historical churches, cabins, mills, etc. on our second pass.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

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

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4A
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 8

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B-73
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Covered Forested
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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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 6

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

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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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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