Value Clean Restrooms Service Clean Showers Cleanliness Tips for other Campers: Great area for hiking. Our guided trail rides are a wonderful way to explore and enjoy a part of your national park. The one that was available was in near full sun all day and the temps were in the 90's. The 4-site Cades Cove Group Camp is located in the Cades Cove area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and approximately 9 miles from , Tennessee. And the folks we spoke to were there for the same reason as we. We rode bikes around the loop on Saturday morning, thoroughly enjoying the glorious meadows, wildflowers, and even spotting seven bears.
Please note that I was at one of the campgrounds at Great Smoky Mountains National Park where the tags were not available as they should have been. The main and group campgrounds have separate reservation pages. During peak season from May 15 to Oct. Cool mountain breezes, towering forests, and birdsong tickle your senses as the miles of serene vistas in all directions take you back to another era. Follow signs to Cades Cove. Read on to see how to camp in the mountains here like a professional.
We made sure the single 12 volt battery on the trailer was fully charged and the gas bottles topped off. Bicycles are available for rent at the camp store, so you can enjoy a relaxing ride around the loop road. Our Site C-74 was difficult to back in to as it is at a 90 degree angle to the road. Reservations are accepted only for May 15 thru October 31. Most of the sites are closed from the beginning of November until early Spring. Mountaineer Campground takes full advantage of the location in Townsend with lovely campsites on the sparkling Little River. The first Europeans settled in the cove sometime between 1818 and 1821.
The only way to communicate with the outside world is by using the pay phones at the ranger station. You can rent a bike at the Cades Cove Campground Store. This pass does not provide discounts for camping fees. Our goal is for everyone to have a good time at Cades Cove. Our neighbors didn't, and we had a bear visit at 2:30 a. Overview Over 2 million visitors annually come to enjoy the scenic beauty of Cades Cove and its many historic structures.
The campground has restrooms with running water and flush toilets. Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. To make matters worse, I forgot my site number and had to drive back to the nearest town where I could get a cell phone signal so that I could log into Recreation. You can have as many tents as you can fit on the pad. History buffs will love seeing all of the log cabins, grist mills, churches, and barns from the 19th and early 20th century. The remaining campgrounds are first-come, first-served only. You can make this an out-and-back 18.
Enjoyed driving the loop road and sewing the wildlife. The C loop is generator free. I am not sure if credit cards are taken at the campground, so plan to pay with cash or check. If you want to be assured of a place, you should reserve a camping spot. At Cades Cove, Cataloochee, Elkmont and Smokemont: I f you have advance reservations and arrive after the campground office closes, please proceed to your assigned site. The campground does have modern restrooms with cold water, but there are no water or electricity hook-ups at the campsites, other than 5 Amp connections for medical devices at three sites.
The 220-site Elkmont Campground is the largest campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and it is popular due to its proximity to both Gatlinburg and Cades Cove. You can download a to find the locations of these campgrounds in the park. It is located very near the Abrams Creek Campground listed first on this page. . The park does not allow pets on backcountry trails. You can even have the road to yourself until 10:00 a. These two passes do provide discounts on camping fees.
This campground is at the entrance to the insanely popular Cades Cove area, and is almost always full from spring through fall. What type of camper are you? You must drive back to Gatlinburg where you can get a phone signal and make a reservation either on-line at or by phone. There are no showers or electrical or water hookups in the park. Check the chart below for operation schedules. They have 2 mornings a week that are only open to bikes, but that ended the week before we went unfortunately. Unlike the individual sites, these must be reserved. Reservations for guided carriage rides will not be accepted.
Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are also possible. There are hitching posts and horse stalls for your horses at the campground. From Andrews Bald, you can see Fontana Lake and expansive views of the Smokies. Our knowledgeable carriage drivers will entertain you with tales of the history of the area while pointing out the native plant and animal life. Shower facilities are available in the communities surrounding the national park. Take a tour of the historic site In total, there are 90 historic structures to see in the area. We like to keep our rides as small as possible with a limit of 9 riders per group so that riding with our guides is like riding with one of your friends.