Smoky Mountains National Park Camping: Campgrounds and Backcountry Sites

Important Information About Camping in the GSMNP: All backcountry camping in campsites or any shelter in the national park requires an advance reservation and payment of a small camping fee.

Before hiking into a backcountry campsite or shelter we suggest you check the Great Smoky Mountains national park trail conditions report to make sure the trail is open and for any special warnings such as for unusual black bear activity, water issues or safety hazards.

Reservations are also required prior to arrival in any of the Cataloochee GSMNP Frontcountry developed campsites. Reservations for Cataloochee Valley in North Carolina must be made before entering the park as there are no telephones and cellular service is limited at best.


Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Backcountry Campsite Conditions


Closed GSMNP Backcountry Campsites

  • Lower Walnut Bottom campsite 37 is Closed due to Black Bear Activity.
     
  • Mount Sterling campsite 38 is Closed due to Black Bear Activity.
     
  • Upper Walnut Bottom campsite 36 is Closed due to Black Bear Activity.
     
  • Beard Cane campsite 11 is Closed with No reopen date.
     

Campsite Bear Warnings

  • Sheep Pen Gap campsite 13 is Open with an Active Black Bear Warning.
     
  • Rough Creek campsite 24 is Open with an Active Black Bear Warning.
     
  • Bone Valley campsite 83 is Open with an Active Black Bear Warning.
     
  • Calhoun campsite 82 is Open with an Active Black Bear Warning.
     
  • Sawdust Pile campsite 85 is Open with an Active Black Bear Warning.
     
  • Sugar Fork campsite 84 is Open with an Active Black Bear Warning.
     

Campsite Water Problems

  • Dripping Spring Mountain campsite 26 is Open but has Water issues at campsite.
     

Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Developed Campgrounds Conditions


Closed GSMNP Frontcountry Campgrounds

  • Look Rock campgrounds are Closed due to Budget Shortatges
     

Closed GSMNP Frontcountry Horse Campgrounds

  • Tow String Horse Camp campgrounds are Closed due to Budget Shortages
     

Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Backcountry Shelters Conditions

Closed GSMNP Shelters

  • Cosby Knob shelter is Closed due to bear activity.
     
  • Mount Le Conte shelter is Closed due to bear activity.
     

GSMNP Shelters Bear Warnings

  • Davenport Gap shelter is Open with an Active Black Bear Warning.
     
  • Derrick Knob shelter is Open with an Active Black Bear Warning.
     
  • Russell Field shelter is Open with an Active Black Bear Warning.
     

GSMNP Shelters with Water Problems

  • No Water Problems in Shelters Reported


Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
Frontcountry Campgrounds Information

CampgroundsCampgrounds Status InfoCapacityElevation
Abrams CreekOpen
Open 5/22
16 Campsites
Max RV 12 feet
1,125 feet
Balsam MountainOpen
Open 5/22
46 Campsites
Max RV 30 feet
5,310 feet
Big CreekOpen
Open From 4/10 to 10/26
12 Campsites
1 Group Campsite
No RVs Allowed
1,700 feet
Cades CoveOpen
Open all year.
Handicapped Sites
Generator free Sites
159 Campsites
4 Group Campsites
Mav RV 40 feet
Trailers 35 Feet
1,807 feet
CataloocheeOpen
Open from 4/3 to 10/31.
Reservations required!
27 Campsites
3 Group Campsites
Max RV 31 feet
2,610 feet
CosbyOpen
Open from 4/10 to 10/31
157 Campsites
3 Group Campsites
Max RV 25 feet
2,459 feet
Deep CreekOpen
Open from 4/10 to 10/31
Handicapped Sites
92 Campsites
3 Group Campsites
Max RV 26 feet
1,800 feet
ElkmontOpen
Open from 3/14 to 11/29.
Handicapped Sites
Generator-free Sites
220 Campsites
4 Group Campsites
Mav RV 35 feet
Trailers 32 feet
2,150 feet
Look RockClosed due to Budget Shortatges
No Reopen Date
68 Campsites
No RV Size Limit
2,600 feet
SmokemontOpen
Open Year Round.
Handicapped Sites
Generator-free Sites
142 Campsites
3 Group Campsites
Max RV 40 feet
Trailers 35 feet
2,198 feet


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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Shelters
(Advance Reservations Required for All Stays in Shelters)

Backcountry ShelterBackcountry Shelter StatusCapacityElevation
Cosby Knob ShelterClosed due to bear activity. 12 Campers
12 Horses
4,700 feet
Davenport Gap ShelterOpen   Bear Activity Warning! 12 Campers
12 Horses
2,600 feet
Derrick Knob ShelterOpen   Bear Activity Warning! 12 Campers
No Horses
4,890 feet
Double Spring Gap ShelterOpen 12 Campers
No Horses
5,507 feet
Icewater Spring ShelterOpen 12 Campers
No Horses
5,920 feet
Kephart ShelterOpen 14 Campers
14 Horses
3,900 feet
Laurel Gap ShelterOpen 14 Campers
14 Horses
5,600 feet
Mollies Ridge ShelterOpen 12 Campers
12 Horses
4,570 feet
Mount Collins ShelterOpen 12 Campers
No Horses
5.870 feet
Mount Le Conte ShelterClosed due to bear activity. 12 Campers
No Horses
6,440 feet
Pecks Corner ShelterOpen 12 Campers
12 Horses
5,280 feet
Russell Field ShelterOpen   Bear Activity Warning! 14 Campers
14 Horses
4,360 feet
Silers Bald ShelterOpen 12 Campers
12 Horses
5,460 feet
Spence Field ShelterOpen 12 Campers
12 Horses
4,900 feet
Tricorner Knob ShelterOpen 12 Campers
12 Horses
5,920 feet


Black Bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Camping in the Great Smoky Mountains means you stand a great chance to see black bear. Please follow all of the Black Bear safety rules and regulations to protect everyone camping with as well as the bear.


GSMNP Back Country Campsite List and Status Information for Campsites


 

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