Smoky Mountains National Park Camping in Backcountry Campsites

New Backcountry Policy for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as of Febuary 2013:

The Great Smoky Mountains national park now requires for all backcountry camping either in backcountry shelters or in a backcountry primitive campsite, a reservation made in advance and the collection of a small camping fee from campers.

GSMNP Backcountry camping advance reservations can be made online or by calling (877)444-6776.


Big Creek Tennessee Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#37 Lower Walnut BottomOpen 20 Campers
No Horses
3,000 feet
#38 Mount SterlingOpen 12 Campers
No Horses
5,820 feet
#36 Upper Walnut BottomOpen 20 Campers
20 Horses
3,040 feet

 

Cades Cove Tennessee Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#7 Ace GapOpen
Horse
1,680 feet
#9 Anthony CreekOpen 12 Campers
No Horses
3,200 feet
#11 Beard CaneClosed with No reopen date. 6 Campers
No Horses
1,530 feet
#2 Cane CreekOpen 4 Campers
No Horses
3,400 feet
#1 Cooper Road Open 12 Campers
No Horses
1,200 feet
#14 Flint GapOpen 8 campers
No Horses
2,050 feet
#12 Forge CreekOpen 12 Campers
No Horses
2,600 feet
#3 Hesse CreekOpen 8 Campers
2 Horses
1,360 feet
#4 Kelly GapOpen
Horse
1,930 feet
#10 Ledbetter RidgeOpen 8 Campers
No Horses
3,000 feet
#17 Little BottomsOpen 14 Campers
No Horses
1,240 feet
#15 Rabbit Creek Open 12 Campers
No Horses
1,550 feet
#5 Rich MountainOpen   Water Issues at Site! 4 Campers
2 Horses
3,400 feet
#16 Scott GapOpen   Water Issues at Site! 10 Campers
No Horses
1,700 feet
#13 Sheep Pen GapOpen   Bear Activity Warning! 15 Campers
8 Horses
4,640 feet
#6 Turkey Pen RidgeOpen   Water Issues at Site! 8 Campers
No Horses
3,400 feet

 

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

 

Cosby Tennessee Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#35 Gilliland CreekOpen 12 Campers
4 Horses
2,680 feet
#29 OttercreekOpen   Bear Activity Warning! 10 Campers
No Horses
4,560 feet
#34 Sugar CoveOpen 10 Campers
No Horses
3,240 feet

 

Deep Creek North Carolina Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#57 Bryson PlaceOpen 10 Campers
10 Horses
2,360 feet
#60 Bumgardner BranchOpen 20 Campers
4 Horses
2,120 feet
#56 Burnt SpruceOpen 6 Campers
No Horses
2,405 feet
#59 McCracken BranchOpen 10 Campers
No Horses
2,320 feet
#54 Nettle CreekOpen 6 Campers
No Horses
2,600 feet
#52 Newton BaldOpen 8 Campers
2 Horses
5,000 feet
#58 Nicks Nest BranchOpen 6 Campers
No Horses
2,360 feet
#53 Poke PatchOpen 6 Campers
No Horses
3,000 feet
#55 Pole RoadOpen 15 Campers
15 Horses
2,410 feet

 

Elkmont Tennessee Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#23 Camp RockOpen 12 Campers
No Horses
3,200 feet
#26 Dripping Spring MountainOpen 10 Campers
No Horses
4,400 feet
#20 King BranchOpen 12 campers
4 Horses
2,520 feet
#27 Lower Jakes GapOpen 12 Campers
2 Horses
3,520 feet
#28 Marks CoveOpen 12 Campers
6 Horses
3,490 feet
#21 Mile 53Open 12 Campers
No Horses
2,640 feet
#24 Rough Creek Closed due to bear activity. 15 Campers
No Horses
2,860 feet
#30 Three ForksOpen 12 Campers
No Horses
3,400 feet

 

Forney Creek North Carolina Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#71 CCCOpen 12 Campers
12 Horses
2,180 feet
#69 HugginsOpen 8 Campers
No Horses
2,800 feet
#70 Jonas CreekOpen 12 Campers
8 Horses
2,400 feet
#74 Lower ForneyOpen 12 Campers
8 Horses
1,720 feet
#75 Poplar Flats Open 8 Campers
No Horses
2,800 feet
#68 SteeltrapOpen 8 Campers
No Horses
3,960 feet

 

Greenbrier Tennessee Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#32 Injun CreekOpen 8 campers
No Horses
2,280 feet
#31 Porters FlatOpen 8 Campers
No Horses
3,400 feet
#33 Settlers CampOpen 8 Campers
No Horses
1,960 feet

 

Hazel Creek North Carolina Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#83 Bone ValleyOpen 20 Campers
10 Horses
2,280 feet
#82 CalhounOpen 8 Campers
4 Horses
2,720 feet
#86 ProctorOpen 6 Campers
6 Horses
1,680 feet
#85 Sawdust PileOpen 10 Campers
6 Horses
2,000 feet
#84 Sugar ForkOpen 6 Campers
No Horses
2,160 feet

 

Lakeshore North Carolina Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#98 Chambers CreekOpen 12 Campers
6 Horses
1,720 feet
#78 Double IslandOpen
Boats Only
6 Campers
No Horses
1,720 feet
#72 Gunter BranchOpen
Boats Only
6 Campers
No Horses
1,720 feet
#87 Jerry HollowOpen
Boats Only
6 Campers
No Horses
1,720 feet
#76 Kirkland CreekOpen 6 Campers
No Horses
1,770 feet
#73 Lone PineOpen
Boats Only
6 Campers
No Horses
1,720 feet
#81 North ShoreOpen 12 Campers
6 Horses
1,800 feet
#77 Pilkey CreekOpen 12 Campers
6 Horses
1,800 feet

 

Noland Creek North Carolina Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#61 Bald CreekOpen 10 Campers
6 Horses
3,560 feet
#65 Bear Pen BranchOpen 8 Campers
No Horses
2,040 feet
#67 Goldmine BranchOpen 6 Campers
No Horses
1,840 feet
#63 Jerry FlatsOpen 8 Campers
6 Horses
2,920 feet
#66 Lower Noland CreekOpen
Boats Only
4 Campers
No Horses
1,720 feet
#64 Mill CreekOpen 12 Campers
10 Horses
2,540 feet
#62 Upper RipshinOpen 8 Campers
6 Horses
3,160 feet

 

Round Bottom North Carolina Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#42 Spruce MountainOpen 4 Campers
No Horses
5,480 feet
#47 Enloe CreekOpen 8 campers
No Horses
3,620 feet
#44 McGee SpringOpen 12 Campers
4 Horses
5,040 feet

 

Smokemont North Carolina Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#49 Cabin FlatsOpen 12 Campers
8 Horses
3,060 feet
#47 Enloe CreekOpen 8 campers
No Horses
3,620 feet
#50 Lower Chasteen CreekOpen 15 Campers
6 Horses
2,360 feet
#48 Upper ChasteenOpen 8 Campers
No Horses
3,320 feet

 

Tremont Tennessee Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#18 West ProngClosed due to bear activity. 12 Campers
No Horses
1,600 feet

 

Twenty Mile North Carolina Backcountry Campsites in the GSMNP

Site #/Campsite NameCampsite StatusSite CapacityElevation
#97 Big WalnutOpen 8 Campers
No Horses
2,400 feet
#113 Birch Spring GapClosed due to bear activity. 12 Campers
6 Horses
3,680 feet
#95 Dalton BranchOpen 12 Campers
6 Horses
2,360 feet
#96 Eagle Creek IslandOpen 8 Campers
No Horses
2,880 feet
#90 Lost CoveOpen   Bear Activity Warning! 12  Campers
6 Horses
1,760 feet
#89 Lower EkaneetleeOpen 8 Campers
No Horses
1,880 feet
#93 Twentymile CreekOpen   Bear Activity Warning! 8 Campers
No Horses
1,880 feet
#92 Upper FlatsOpen 10 Campers
6 Horses
2,520 feet
#91 Upper Lost CoveOpen 4 Campers
Horse
2,040 feet

 
 

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