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    Great Smoky Mountains

    National Park NC,TN

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Group Campgrounds

Quarantine Notice: The possession of firewood originating from a location for which a federal or state firewood quarantine is in effect is prohibited in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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The park has seven areas where groups may camp. These areas are listed in the table below, along with the operation dates and contact numbers for site information. Group campsites are open only during the months listed.

Group campsites will accommodate tents only. Trailers, campers, or other wheeled units are not permitted. Showers and electric hookups are not available in park campgrounds, however shower facilities are available in the communities surrounding the national park. Please inquire about the nearest facilities when you check-in at the campground.

The minimum party size is seven, and the maximum length of stay is fourteen nights in these areas. Check out time is noon. You are welcome to call the ranger station to obtain site-specific information, but be aware that the ranger stations are field offices and are not staffed during all hours!

You must have reservations to camp at a group site. You can make reservations online or by phoning the National Park Reservation Service toll-free at (877) 444-6777. Additional information about when you can make reservations. Payment is required at the time the reservation is made.

 
 

Group
Campground

2014 Open/Close
Dates

Number
of Sites

Maximum
Number
of People

Cost
Per
Night

Big Creek
Reserve Now
(423) 487-2683

April 11- Oct 31

1

25

$44

Cades Cove
Reserve Now
Nov 1- May 14
(865) 448-4106

May 15 - Oct 31
(865) 448-4103

March 14 - Oct 31

2

1

1-with pavilion

20

30

30

$35

$53

$65

Cataloochee
Reserve Now
(828) 497-1930

March 14 - Oct 31

3

25

$35

Cosby
Reserve Now
(423) 487-2683

April 11- Oct 31

3

20

$26

Deep Creek
Reserve Now
(828) 488-3184

April 11- Oct 31

3

20

$35

Elkmont
Reserve Now
(865) 430-5560

April 25 - Oct 31

1

2

1

15

20

30

$26

$35

$53

Smokemont
Reserve Now
Nov 1 - May 14
(828) 497-1940

May 15 - Oct 31
(828) 497-9270

May 15 - Oct 31

3

20

$35

 

Bundles of firewood are available for sale in the communities surrounding the national park. In addition, the following group campgrounds have on-site sales:

  • Cades Cove (at Cades Cove Campground Store)
  • Elkmont
  • Smokemont (at Smokemont Riding Stables)

Did You Know?

Marbled salamanders are one of 30 salamander species native to the park.

There are at least 30 different species of salamanders in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This gives the Smokies the distinction of having the most diverse salamander population anywhere in the world and has earned the park the nickname “Salamander Capital of the World.” More...