Cataloochee Valley Camping in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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Camping in the Cataloochee Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Camping in Cataloochee requires advance reservations and payments which must be made before entering the park!

All of the front country campgrounds are only open seasonally and there is no dump station in Cataloochee so gray and black water must be disposed of outside the park. Each frontcountry site has a picnic table, charcoal grill and a fire pit.

Cataloochee has frontcountry developed campgrounds with 27 campsites that can be rented for $20 a night. Bathrooms have running water and flush toilets, however there are no showers. There is no electricity or running water at campsites.

The group campgrounds has 3 large sites for tent camping only requiring groups of between 7 and 25 people for each site at $35 a night. There is no running water or electricity at the group sites or at the vault toilets in the Group Campgrounds.

In the drive in horse frontcountry campgrounds there are 7 campsites that may only be used by people camping with horses for $20 a night. Each campsite has a limit of 6 people and 4 horses. There is no electricity at the sites and the pit toilets have no running water.

For primitive back country camping, the Cataloochee area has 4 back country campsites close by at various hiking distances that are open year round. The closest is campsite #40 less than 1-1/2 miles in with less than a 350 foot elevation gain. Backcountry reservation must be made in advance and the site fees are $4.00 per person, per night.

Well behaved dogs on 6 foot leashes are allowed in the Cataloochee Frontcountry and Horse Campgrounds. Dogs are not allowed in backcountry sites or trials in Cataloochee. Dogs may not be left alone and waste must be disposed properly.

You can reserve your backcountry campsite or frontcountry campgrounds site by calling (877)444-6776 or making your reservation online. Online reservations can not be made with tablets or smartphones at this time.

Cataloochee NC Frontcountry Campgrounds: GSMNP

Campgrounds: Campgrounds StatusSite CapacityElevation
Open from 3/25 to 10/31.
Reservations required!
27 Campsites
3 Group Campsites
Max RV 31 feet
2,610 feet
Cataloochee Horse CampOpen
Open 3/25 - 10/31
7 Horse Sites
2,757 feet

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Cataloochee North Carolina Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#40 Big HemlockOpen 8 Campers
No Horses
3,100 feet
#41 Caldwell ForkOpen 12 Campers
6 Horses
3,360 feet
#39 Pretty HollowOpen 20 Campers
10 Horses
3,040 feet
#42 Spruce MountainOpen 4 Campers
No Horses
5,480 feet

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