In this Gatlinburg Vacation Guide, I share the best Gatlinburg campgrounds which offer the most stunning views as well as great amenities.
While the scenery in these campgrounds is serene, they are still close enough to the heart of Gatlinburg to make access to the downtown area a breeze.
Gatlinburg RV Campgrounds are where you can find families to spend their time or simply just get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
If you enjoy this as much, keep scrolling to explore a list of amazing campgrounds and let your adventure begin! Don’t miss our other RV camping resources while you are here.
Is Camping Free in the Smoky Mountains?
No, camping in the Great Smoky Mountains is not free. Campsites are available for a fee at campgrounds managed by the National Park Service, and backcountry camping requires a permit which can be purchased for $8.00 per person per night in the park. The fees collected go toward maintaining and improving facilities for visitors to enjoy.
If you’re going to look at nearby areas outside the park boundaries, you will find some primitive camping sites free of charge. These are often located in national forests like the Cherokee National Forest, Nantahala National Forest, and Pisgah National Forest.
Gatlinburg Campgrounds Close To The Action
While there are numerous Tennessee RV campgrounds and parks near Gatlinburg in the surrounding towns of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Townsend, there are actually only a select few Gatlinburg campgrounds that offer a quiet mountain retreat and is located close to all the local attractions for you to enjoy.
These Gatlinburg campgrounds offer a variety of amenities, from cabins and glamping tents to RV sites with an amazing river view.
If you love the serenity that comes with the sound of running water then you’ll be thrilled that there are campgrounds in Gatlinburg that are actually located on a body of water.
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