How the Reservation System Works
Some campgrounds and day use facilities at the national park operate on a reservation system for at least a portion of their operating season, while others operate strictly on first come, first served basis. For reservable facilities, reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Online reservations can be made 24 hours a day. Reservations by phone can be made between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Advance reservations are required at Cataloochee Campground, Group Campsites, Horse Camps, and the Appalachian Clubhouse and Spence Cabin.
The facilities listed below operate on the reservation system for at least some portion of their season. Unless otherwise noted, all sites at that facility operate on the reservation system during the reservation period.
1 Walk-up, same day reservations may be available at the campground during the reservation period.
Did You Know?
The park’s high elevation heath balds are treeless expanses where dense thickets of shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and sand myrtle grow. Known as “laurel slicks” and “hells” by early settlers, heath balds were most likely created by forest fires long ago.