Gatlinburg, North Carolina 37738
Located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Balsam Mountain campground is a 9 mile drive up off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The road climbs from Rt 19 in Maggie Valley about 2500 feet of elevation on a beautifully paved two lane road with plenty of turnouts to view the mountains and valleys. In the spring and early summer, the road is lined with wildflowers, and flowering trees. There are many places to stop and hike short and longer trails into the woods and underbrush.
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Gatlinburg, TN entrance
From interstate highway I-40 take Exit 407 (Sevierville) to TN-66 South. At the Sevierville intersection, continue straight onto US-441 South. Follow US-441 through Sevierville and Pigeon Forge into park.
Townsend, TN entrance
From the north: From interstate highway I-40 in Knoxville take Exit 386B to US-129 South to Alcoa/Maryville. At Maryville proceed on US-321 North/TN -73 East through Townsend. Continue straight on TN-73 into the park.
From the south: From interstate highway I-75 take Exit 376 to I-140 E towards Oak Ridge/Maryville. Merge onto I-140 E via Exit 376B towards Maryville. Turn onto US-129 South (Alcoa Highway) at Exit 11A and travel towards Alcoa. Turn onto TN-35 and follow it to US-321 North. Follow US-321 North/TN -73 East through Townsend. Continue straight on TN-73 into the park.
Cherokee, NC entrance
From the north: From interstate highway I-40, take Exit 27 to US-74 West towards Waynesville. Turn onto US-19 and proceed through Maggie Valley to Cherokee. Turn onto US-441 North at Cherokee and follow the road into the park.
From the south: Follow US-441/US-23 North. At Dillsboro merge on US-74 West/US-441 North. At Exit 74 merge onto US-441. Follow US-441 through Cherokee and into the park.
- BBQ Grills
- Campsite Tables
- Drinking Water
- Equipment Rentals
- Fire Rings
- Picnic Tables
- Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
- Bird Watching
- Historic Sites
- Horseback riding
- Mountain Biking
- Nature Trails
- Ranger Program
- Wildlife Viewing
10, 11 and 14
From: End of May To: Mid October
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