Tent Camping In The Smoky Mountains

Experience the tranquility of nature's embrace as you pitch your tent beneath the canopy of ancient trees and breathe in the crisp mountain air.

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a variety of campsites including backcountry, frontcountry, and group camping settings.

Backcountry camping

Backcountry camping gives you the chance to explore the secluded areas of the park and is accessible only by foot or horseback. 

Reservations & permits are required for overnight visits.

Creating your own campsite is prohibited 

There are over 100 backcountry campsites and shelters at the park

Frontcountry camping

 Provides easy access to your vehicle and is available at developed campgrounds throughout the park, as well as picnic areas.

Campground Amenities

Fire grate and picnic table

Restrooms with cold running water and flush toilets

Shower facilities are only available in the surrounding communities

Frontcountry campgrounds: Abrams Creek, Balsam Mountain, Big Creek, Cades Cove...

Group Camping

There are group campsites in the park located at selected frontcountry campgrounds.

Group of eight or more

Reservations are required

Only available on designated months

Generators, motorhomes, campers or any other wheeled units

Group Campgrounds: Big Creek, Cades Cove, Cataloochee, Cosby, Deep Creek...

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