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The National Park Service maintains developed campgrounds at 10 locations in the park:
Campsites at Cades Cove, Cataloochee, Cosby, Elkmont, and Smokemont may be reserved online or by phone at (877) 444-6777. Advance reservations are required at Cataloochee Campground. All remaining park campgrounds are first-come, first-served. Additional information about camping reservations, including reservation time frames.
Please read Campground Rules and Regulations for information concerning food storage, generator use, quiet hours, and other campground regulations.
Cataloochee Campground Reservations - Advance reservations are required to camp in Cataloochee during the entire season. There will no longer be any first-come, first-served campsites available in the campground. For additional information, please see the press release.
Cataloochee Campground Road Advisory: The entrance road to Cataloochee Valley is a winding, gravel road that has some steep drop offs with no guard rails. Horse trailer traffic may be encountered on the road. Because the road is narrow, it may be necessary to stop or back up to allow other vehicles to pass.
Groceries, Camping Supplies, Food, and Firewood
Bundles of firewood are available for sale in the communities surrounding the national park. However, firewood may not be brought into the park unless it bears the USDA-APHIS-PPQ certification or it is purchased from a county that has no quarantine in effect. See firewood quarantine page for additional information. The following campgrounds have on-site firewood sales:
Did You Know?
Ninety seven historic structures, including grist mills, churches, schools, barns, and the homes of early settlers, preserve Southern Appalachian mountain heritage in the park.