If you want a campground that offers level sites, many in good shade and a most unique atmosphere then this is the place for you. Know this -- there are no hookup in all but 2 sites. There is fresh water available at each bath house and each loop has 2 bath houses. You will not get cell phone reception. Your laptop aircard will not get you online. You will (most likely) wake up to the sounds of a tom turkey calling his hens. You will probably get a little tired of seeing deer. We did not encounter any black bear and we got up early and stayed out late looking for them. My son was most impressed by the multitude of young people and how friendly everyone acted. A great campground for kids, adults, the young-at-heart and others. If you like amenities and pools and playgrounds and rec rooms, this is not your campground. We camped here in a Tent.
This is a great campground. It's not for RV people who need their hookups and electricity. They have two sections, one allows generator use, the other does not. I stay in the non-generator section and it's very quiet. On weekends, people just driving through stop and make a mess of the restrooms, but the rest of the time they are clean. The best time to camp here is September through May. The summer is very crowded and you are more likely to experience noise, trash, dirty restrooms, etc. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Wow. I look at the previous ratings and can tell some reviewers are letting the emotions get ahead of reality. Yes, Cades Cove is simply beautiful, the animals (bear, fox, owls, turkey, deer, etc.) are abundant and fascinating to observe. Everyone should visit this place at least once in their lives. But it's time to review the campground, and it was pitiful. The good news is that the bathrooms were clean, and there are three dump stations to accommodate traffic. Picnic tables were new. However, the roadways in the CG are in poor condition with potholes, disintegration, etc. Speeding on the outer loop of the non-generator area back to the group campsite is a serious problem. We easily estimated people driving 40 MPH at times, with children and pedestrians everwhere. Never saw a ranger patrol the area over two days. Park was far more concerned about confiscating ice chests from campsites (bear safety) than about high speed travel. Campsite was hemmed in by artificial concrete "logs", making it feel stuffy. Asphalt simply "ended" while backing into our site in an irregular, broken maze and off into gravel and crumbly asphalt we parked. Site was not level in any direction. No showers, (and with no hookups and lots of tenters, well, I'll let you imagine). Being Cades Cove, and being summer (the place was packed with people), one would expect evening campfire programs every night. There was only one, and it rained that night. Very disappointing. We were especially disappointed with Cades Cove when we visited Cosby CG at the other end of the park and compared it to Cades Cove CG. Cosby was totally renovated with perfect campsites. Enjoy the Cove, the horseback riding, hiking, and biking. But be prepared for a campground in need of modernization and speed enforcement. We would not camp here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Our favorite campsite ever. The only thing we dislike about it is the disgusting bathrooms. I don't think anyone cleans these things at all. Other than that, we have a really good time cruising the loop, taking pictures and camping. We play in the creek a lot with the kids and at the end of each day walk down and get some ice cream. The rangers here are mostly friendly (with the exception of a few rent-a-rangers), but for the most part, we really enjoy camping here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great National Park campground... no hookups but large 3-drop dump station with potable water. Very generous (large) site, wooded for some shade. We were in B59 and it stayed shaded all day. Campground is next to the famous Cades Cove loop - we rode our bikes around the 11-mile loop and saw bears, wild turkey and deer. Reasonable generator rules (8am-8pm, not continuous). Horseback riding, carriage rides, ice cream, bike rentals within walking distance. General store with pay phone. NO CELL SIGNAL. Make a reservation and come on by! We camped here in a Motorhome.
The proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains makes this park highly desirable. It is within walking distance of Cades Cove. It's a great place to ride bikes because, in spite of being in the mountains, the campground itself is really only gently rolling. There is a small grocery with a grill in it. They are known for their soft-serve ice cream. There is also a bike rental place. The sites are quite large with lots of space between. Even though the website claims to accommodate units up to only 35 feet, we took our 40-foot rig here. You just have to be sure you get one of the larger sites, and the site lengths are listed online. I love that you can make site-specific reservations. The bath houses are clean, but there are no showers. Because of black bears in the area, the rangers are VERY particular about food storage. If you leave your site and leave a cooler out, they will confiscate it. I appreciate that. The campground has two sections: one that allows generators and one that does not. Since this is dry camping, that is a significant factor to consider. There is horseback riding in the area, and sometimes there are hayrides. They also have ranger-guided nature hikes/tours sometimes. There is absolutely NO security at this campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a wonderful camping area, especially in the fall. There are no hookups, phones, TV service, or other amenities. Water is available as well as restrooms and a dump site. Hiking, animal watching and just relaxing is great here. We love it. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is my favorite on earth. The cove is lovely and you can spend days hiking around the cove or just waking the 11 mile loop road. The Loop Road and the roads in the CG are in bad need of repair and are scheduled to be re-surfaced in May 2010. The loop road will be closed at that time. Sites are well shaded. Restrooms are clean but no showers. Very nice dump station in CG. Fresh water is available at dump station or at restrooms. Store is well stocked and bike rentals available. Horseback tours are available in the warmer months. No cell phone service and limited over the air TV reception. Caution on entering check-in station low overhanging branches. Staff at this facility are very friendly and helpful. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a WONDERFUL national park campground. The sites are huge. You should only camp here is you are prepared to dry camp - there are no hookups of any kind. If you are prepared for this, you will be in the midst of the beautiful Smokies right next to Cades Coves - truly a heaven on earth. I have camped and hiked in a dozen national parks, and while this does not have the grandeur of the Tetons or Glacier, it is well worth the visit. If you want the awful kitsch of Pigeon Forge or Gatlinberg, then this will NOT be for you. If you are there for the glory of the national park, then it is wonderful. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Campsites are large, well maintained, and shady. Designated fire pits are located on each site. Trails, creeks, ranger classes, picnic areas, bike rental, and horseback riding available. Cold water bath houses have sinks and toilets, but no showers. This is a wonderful back to nature campground with many activity options. We camped here in a Tent.
A beautiful National Park, no hook-ups, but we can dry camp comfortably for 4-5 days. Generator use was allowed during certain times only and one section of the park was designated a no-generator area. Great access to the Cades Cove loop, good hiking and biking trails. Reservations would be a good idea - it was much busier than we though it would be - we were only able to stay three nights because of upcoming reservations. (877) 444-6777 We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The only thing this campground has going is location. The grounds are poorly maintained. The roads are narrow and full of ruts. Large stones and other useless obstructions are throughout the park making it hazardous to maneuver a 37 foot fifth wheel trailer. Ditches, stones and saplings make backing into campsites difficult. Overhead trees will damage your roof accessories. They have no restrictions about how loud a generator can be. The people next to us had a large construction generator and when I complained to rangers they said I could move. I will not return until they decide to make some improvements. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Cades Cove Campground is in the heart of the Smokey Mountains and far away from the neon world of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg. It is a great place to get the feel for the mountains by going on a hike or swimming in a clear mountain stream. The camping experience in this campground is being closer to nature than in a more sophisticated campground. Don’t miss the ‘loop’ road around Cades Cove where you can loose count of the number of deer you’ve see on an early morning or late evening drive. Note that the “loop’ Road is only open to bicycles on Saturday Morning (which you can rent at the store). And be sure to stop at the grist mill at the halfway point. The camp store is well stocked. This is one of the best places to enjoy family and the true camping experience in this part of the country. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground is good if you really want to do some rustic camping. No hook-ups at all, but Section B does allow some generator use. It's a large campground with virtually no security. The sites are quite roomy but there is very little privacy between the sites in the form of shrubbery, etc. The rangers are very strict regarding proper storage of food because of the bears, but other than that it appears that about anything goes in this campground. Lots of barking dogs, and pet owners do not pick up after their dogs. I do appreciate the new reservation system they have implemented through which you can reserve a specific site. You just can't beat the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. We took the Cades Cove hayride, and it was very pleasant. Highly recommend it. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Ggreat campground no hook-ups or showers. Very clean level sites w/firepits picnic table. There is very clean rest room flush toilet with clean potable water and an area to dump grey water from your tote. Great store. Lots of wildlife. Stream close by. Great for short walks with kids. Loved this place 3 nights here in June. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We visit this campground once or twice every year. I would rate this campground a ten if it had hookups. It is still one of my favorite places to camp. Great scenery, wildlife, and hiking. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
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This campground has no hookups and the bath houses have only toilets and cold running water, but they were VERY clean. Cades Cove campground is located in one of the most beautiful locations in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Wildlife is everywhere. It's very wooded and quiet at night. At least it was quiet when we were there. If it get noisy, the ranger lives within a quick walk of any of the loops. As for my choice of loops, C Loop seems to be more spacious. B Loop seems to be a bit more wooded and gets more wildlife coming through. Deer browse close to the B Loop. The campground has a store that's stocked pretty well. They also rent bikes here for people that want to ride the 11 mile scenic loop adjacent to the campground. For kids with bikes, this is paradise. For me, taking sponge baths in the popup camper was a small trade off for the kind of camping experience offered here. I would highly recommend it. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
This is hard to rate park for an RV. It is very nice for what it is: a well landscaped campground in a national park with few amenities. No power, electric, not even a bath house. If you're comfortable with that, it is a very nice park, nice campsites. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is located adjacent to the Cades Cove Loop Road in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Reservations are required from early spring to late fall. There are no showers in this campground. The sites are very rough,uneven and short. It was very crowded and noisy when we visited. The scenery in this area is breathtaking. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
We had family from Switzerland with us and had a large group of kids. This place was a blast! The younger kids were told about the Junior Park Ranger Program and we were on! Very educational ranger programs and lots of things to do! All the rangers were very helpful , knowledgeable and friendly! Can't wait to go back! We camped here in a Tent.
We arrived late one evening, got our site set up and drove into Gatlinburg to gather some supplies. Gatlinburg is kind of like a beach boardwalk, so it may or may not be what you enjoy. Even in the middle of July, the humidity was very high. It rained all 3 days we were there, so we never really felt dry. The campers beside us gave up and went to Knoxville. The river/stream is awesome. It has a good flow rate, and generates a nice sound when sleeping at night. We let the kids float part of the stream on some tubes. They loved it, but the water is cold, so have some nice big towels to bundle them up in when finished. The shade is very dense in the park due to the amount of very large shade trees. The restrooms were cleaned daily, but there are no showers in the park. I loved the park, but the damp/wet weather made our trip a bit difficult. If you had a few days of clear and dry skies, this might be an almost perfect place. We camped here in a Tent.
No hookups whatsoever are available. Clean restrooms with flush toilets and water is available throughout park. No showers but you can take a dip in the river which runs through the park. Don't use soap in the river! Portable showers are not allowed in the park either! Construction is taking place just outside of camping area but it is quiet at night. The construction appears that it will be completed before winter. Lots of improvements such as paving has been done this year throughout the GSM NP. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
There are currently some renovations being done in the campground. Some restrooms are closed, some water faucets are not working, and there are some piles of debris or building materials cluttering up an otherwise beautiful place. You can get a large RV in here, but will most likely have to make a reservation far in advance as maybe half of the parking pads tend to be small. Some tree limbs were low over the roads in some spots and I’d be concerned about damage to rubber roofs, antennas, etc. With the dump station being located six miles away, and you are supposed to fill fresh water tanks there as well, I just didn’t consider it to be an RV friendly campground. That said it made a wonderful and peaceful retreat after a day in town. Easily worth the extra effort to get a large trailer in here and in a year or so when construction is finished it should only be better. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
If you are looking for a great CG near Gatinburg and can boon dock, this is a great CG. Restrooms are nearby all sites but no showers available. Sites are level and natural. Park federal officials at check-in are typical bureaucrats not very helpful. However the walk-around hosts are very helpful. Hiking trails are all around. Mountain stream (little river) is beautiful. There is no dumping station at the CG. It is located across from the Sugarlands visitor center. Fresh water is available from faucets located near the restrooms. There is a limited amount of overflow parking available. This may be a must if you have a big RV and toad or TV. At your site, you must park on the paved site only not on grass. We love this CG and its surroundings. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have stayed at this campground for the last 3 yrs. Never any problems and to date the best place we have ever stayed. OK, They have no elect or water hook ups or showers. The bathrooms have running water. We stay for the hiking and backpacking in June. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Elkmont is the most isolated big campground I've been to in this part of the US. Watch out if you're taking the Little River road from Townsend in a big RV: it's really twisty and narrow with rock overhangs. I felt like my 28-footer barely made it. Don't know if a big rig would fit. Elkmont is the antithesis of nearby Gatlinburg which is very ticky-tack. It's probably the most peaceful spot I've ever taken the RV. Tall forest canopy covers the campground: it's all shade. The streams in the campground can't be duplicated elsewhere. My kids love this campground but they're outdoor types. If your kids need TV, Wi-Fi, cell phones, game rooms, etc., please take 'em somewhere else less quiet. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in a 32 ft motorhome in June for the synchronous fireflies. Very nice campground, remember there is no electricity, so be prepared. The sites are huge, very shady and spacious. We wanted a river site, but they were all taken. Maybe next time. We will be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Continues to be a great family campground. Quiet and spacious sites. Plenty of room to ride bikes and play in the river. Many easy hiking trails accessible. No hook-ups available. No cell phone service. No showers in restrooms. No problems. No fireworks for anxious dogs. Emergency number for park service available. I had a death in my family and they could not have been more accommodating. One of the most restful campgrounds ever. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a very rustic campground located in the Smokies. It's located just a short drive from Gatlinburg. Nice river runs through the middle of the campground, very wooded, very relaxing. The only problem with Elkmont is no hook ups and no cell phone service. It's a great place to go to get away and just relax. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We loved our stay here. The sound of the Little River was a gentle, constant presence at our site. One afternoon we spent three hours on the 5-mile hiking loop that starts on one corner of the campground up the Little River Trail, to the Cucumber Gap Trail, then back on the Jake Creek Trail. In early April, wildflowers were profuse and the river beautiful. One note: we would classify the hike as 'moderate' rather than 'easy' as listed in the park's day hike brochure. The big downside was that we couldn't get any cell signal whatsoever (even with a booster) which meant we cut our stay short, as I work from our RV. One day we drove the RV to the Sugarland visitor's center, which is about 8 miles away, and I was able to work from the parking lot as that is one of the very few spots within the park that gets a cell signal...but with snow in the forecast, we decided to move to a campground outside the park to conclude our visit to the Great Smoky National Park. Also, a trip to the visitor's center is required to use the dump station and/or fill your water tanks. Despite the lack of cell signal and hookups, it's the prettiest RV campground within the park as far as we're concerned, and we look forward to returning soon. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Primitive if you are used to resort class campgrounds,but lots of peace and quiet. Plenty of room for the kids to ride bikes and play in the river. Great area to commute to hiking trails, Gatlinburg, and Cades Cove. Sites clean and wide. Can be a little noisy if you are next to a generator site, but they still have certain hours of operation. Have pay phones for use, since no cell phone service is available. Store has plenty of firewood and supplies available if needed. Campground hosts accessible and very knowledgable. A peaceful place to relax and look for firefly sitings. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
No hookups, no showers, in the beautiful Smoky Mt. National Park campgrounds, and if you don't mind "roughing it", an area you must see. Close to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Very wooded, some sites on creek. We saw the firefly synchronization (a phenomena where hundreds of fireflies light up in synchronization) the ranger said the only other place to see that was in Asia. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
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Even though there are no hookups available or showers, this National Park campground 7 miles from Gatlinbug was the best "non hookup" campground we've ever stayed at. The sites are big, woodsy and many are on the river. Our river site was so very peaceful and relaxing. Fly fisherman, the sound of the roaring river and a campfire at night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There are no water, electric, or sewer hook-ups and the nearest dump station is 6 miles away. The sites are spacious, heavily wooded, and mostly level. The campground is relatively convenient to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge but still retains a secluded feel as it is within the confines of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and additionally is 2 miles off the main park road. It is a beautiful campground with the Little Pigeon River running through it, lots of trails to explore, old growth forest, and outcroppings of massive rocks. It's good for a weekend get-away (being there are no hook-ups or even showers available) or for those who like to "rough it". If your kids are outdoorsy, they will certainly love the hiking, fishing, biking (bring your own), exploring, swimming, and innertubing. As these are all weather-dependent, be sure to bring some indoor diversions in case it rains. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.