Tent Camping  In The  Smoky Mountains

Tent Camping  In The  Smoky Mountains

With its breathtaking views, lush forests, and a wide variety of wildlife, tent camping is the perfect way to explore the Smoky Mountains

With hundreds of campsites available throughout the park and nearby townships, finding just the right spot should be easy!

Can you tent camp in the Smoky Mountain National Park?

Yes. The park offers a variety of campsites including backcountry, frontcountry, and group camping settings.

Backcountry camping

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

Reservations and permits are required for all overnight backcountry visit.

You can secure a permit from any visitor center, ranger station or campground in the park. They can also be obtained online.

Backcountry camping sites:

There are over 100 backcountry campsites and shelters at the park. Download a park trail map to find out the exact locations.

Frontcountry camping 

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

Front Country Campgrounds (10): 

Abrams Creek

 Balsam Mountain


Cades Cove

Group Camping

Group Camping

Campsites suitable for groups of eight people or more.  Located at selected frontcountry campgrounds. Reservations are required. 

Group campsites are available during the designated months and can only be used to host tents.

 Generators aren’t allowed in these areas, and motorhomes, campers or any other wheeled units cannot access this area either.

Group Campgrounds (8): 

Big Creek

 Cades Cove



Check the National Park Service website for information about campground rules and regulations

$4- $20/person/night


How Much does it cost to camp in Smoky Mountain National Park?



 $30 starting Mar 1, 2023

$30 – $94 starting Mar 1, 2023

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