The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee offers visitors a wide range of outdoor activities with a backdrop of spectacular views. The Great Smoky National Park draws vacationing families from around the country. Camping is a popular activity in the area. Campers will find a range of amenities and campground options to suit their needs.
Many people who come to Gatlinburg utilize the campgrounds that are directly in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The park offers a number of frontcountry sites that you can drive to, with picnic tables, fire grate, flush toilets and restrooms. No electrical hookups are available. Most accommodate RVs. For those who require a full range of amenities with their camping experience, the Adventure Bound Camping Resort in Gatlinburg offers a 500-foot waterslide, pool, kiddie pool, general store, fishing lake, basketball court, billiard room and wifi.
Pigeon Forge Camping
Pigeon Forge is a small mountain community five miles north of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The Clabough Campground has 310 full hook-up sites with concrete patios and picnic tables on shaded lots. The campground has 2 swimming pools, 4 bathhouses, grocery store, laundry facilities, restaurant, game room and wifi. Riveredge RV Resort offers campers a swimming pool, hot tub, arcade, 5-star bathhouse and wifi. The resort also has cabins for reservation.
Up the Creek RV Camp provides campers a smaller, more private setting with plenty of trees between sites and just five minutes from town. The babbling creek offers a good background for relaxing and enjoying the scenery. They also have a dog park and can accommodate large RVs. However, no restrooms or bathhouses are on the site. Ripplin’ Waters Campground and Cabin Rentals offers 156 sites with full hook-up, bathhouses, hot showers, swimming pool, laundry facilities, church services, camp store and playground. Fifty sites are on the Little Pigeon River. Fishing is also available with permit.
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is nearby to each of these locations providing trails and streams for hiking, exploring and fishing in a natural environment. Cades Cove also offers many trails for hiking, wildlife viewing, and taking a look back into the history of the Great Smoky Mountains.