Great Smoky Mountain National Park Camping
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Backcountry Camping – Backpacking
Amy Nichter Photo The park offers several different types of campsites: Backcountry – for backpackers. Requires hiking several miles to a site located in the park’s backcountry. Frontcountry – camping near your car in a developed campground that has restrooms with cold running water and flush toilets.
Each individual campsite has a fire grate and picnic table. Located in frontcountry campgrounds. Horse Camps – Small campgrounds, accessible by vehicle, that offer hitch racks for horses and primitive camping facilities.
Campground facilities and the procedures for obtaining a site in each type are different. Click on the titles above for additional information about facilities, reservations, and operating seasons. Includes food storage regulations, generator use and quiet hours Firewood Regulations: Only heat-treated firewood that is bundled and certified by the United States Department of Agriculture USDA or a state Great Smoky Mountain National Park Camping of agriculture may be brought into the park.
Campers may also collect dead and down wood found in the park for campfires. Certified heat-treated firewood is packaged and clearly marked with a state or federal seal.
Heat-treated wood is available from a growing list of private businesses in communities around the park. Concessioners at Cades Cove, Smokemont, and Elkmont will provide heat-treated wood for sale during their operating season March-October.
Additional information about this regulation. Last updated: February 6,
Pet Friendly Hikes and Walks
The park has over miles of trails offering hikers a wide range of scenery including spectacular mountain vistas, rushing streams and waterfalls, historic structures, and quiet groves of old-growth forest. Additionally, reservations are required for all of the shelters and backcountry campsites. Eastern Time. Amy Nichter Photo The park offers several different types of campsites: Backcountry – for backpackers.