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 Great Smoky Mountains  

The Perfect Camping Location!

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Setting up camp in the Great Smoky Mountains is an adventure within itself! The excitement never ends!  Whether you're staying in an RV, or pitching a tent, you'll enjoy the feel of "roughin'it" in the wild! 

Because there's so much to discover while in the Great Smoky Mountains camping location, it's always a good idea to sit down and plan your trip. This way you know exactly where your going, and what you most want to see.  Before arriving at your camping location, make sure you have everything.  Essentials include checking your tent to make sure its in good shape, and all the  parts are there.   Listed below are some of the most important things you need to pack for your trip.

As you plan your camping location pack up everything needed for the trip.
  • ´╗┐Easy Carrying Backpack
  • Plenty of Food and Drinks
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Pillows
  • Folding Chairs
  • Bug and Bear Spray
  • Charcoal & Lighter Fluid
  • First Aid Kit
  • Comfortable Shoes and Clothing
  • Compass
Visiting Camping Location Camp means bringing all the important necessities.

 "Frontcountry" and "Backcountry" Camping Are Both Prevalent In The Smokies

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Frontcountry is setting up in developed outdoor areas like campgrounds, and normally easy to get to.  There are plenty of campgrounds to choose from in all areas of the Smoky Mountains and Sevier County area They're generally crowded, especially during the summer months. Many campgrounds have Sunday church services.   These often consists of gospel music, and preaching from the Bible.  Because of crowding, it's a good idea to make reservations . 

  • Abrams Creek
  • Balsam Mountain
  • Cosby
  • Deep Creek
  • Elkmont
  • Look Rock
  • Smokemont
  • Big Creek
  • Cades Cove
  • Cataloochie


There are 10 developed campgrounds the National Park Service maintains.  These campgrounds offer toilets and cold running water.  Hookups for water, showers, and electrical are NOT available inside the national park.  However, there are facilities in areas surrounding the park. It's a good idea to inquire more about it at check-in.  The park offers group camping areas in addition to individual ones.

Discounts are available to cover fees at sites managed by the National Park Service through an annual pass.  You may purchase one  by contacting  America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands.  Those 62 years old and older may qualify for a senior access pass.  Information may be obtained at Cades Cove, Smokemont, or Elkmont campground or by going to the website of America The Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands.

Camping Locations Back country camping.

Backcountry is for folks who backpack, or enjoy being in wilderness country.  This camping route takes you into deep mountainous areas of the Smokies.  This kind of camping is for the more experienced  who know how to handle different weather conditions and deal with wildlife.  It's a means by which to convene directly with nature and experience God's creation first-hand.  It's a wonderful way to get away from the hustle of everyday life and spend time with God.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park requires a permit for backcountry camping inside the park. It's FREE, however, it is required that you stay at a designated campsite, or shelter.  You're allowed to stay up to three consecutive nights with a maximum party size of eight.  Designated campsites and shelters are allowed to have fires in fire rings only.  Cutting wood is not allowed.  You may burn wood that is dead and/or on the ground.  Heat treated firewood is allowed. However, it must be bundled and certified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or a state department of department of agriculture.  You may use a hammock as long as they are not used inside shelters, or attached to one. Pets are NOT allowed on backcountry trails. Camping backcountry means no motorized vehicles, and no hunting!  You must not tease wildlife, or move any closer than 50 yards of bears, or the elk.   If you have any questions, or need more information, call the Back-country Information Office at 865-436-1297.


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There's a lot to do while camping in the Smokies!  Go exploring for wildflowers and unusual rocks,  Catch fireflies, or have a scavenger hunt.   Play games and tell scary stories.  Plan to cook delicious outdoor meals.  If you're camping location is near where there's fishing, throw a hook in.  Take a nice hike, (but know your boundaries) go biking, or just kick back and read a good book.  You may even be able to have lunch by a beautiful waterfall, or view the amazing wildlife on some of the great trails we have here.

I wish I could mention all the wonderful campgrounds and RV Parks you'll find in the Smoky Mountains area.  Each one is unique and has its own form of beauty.  Some offer recreation, some beautiful landscapes but most all offer quiet, peaceful surroundings to bring lots of relaxation!  You can even experience the power of God as you enjoy beautiful mountain surroundings!