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Cataloochee Campground (North Carolina) Make a Reservation

107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, North Carolina 37738
865 436-1200
35.63132 / -83.08564
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Cataloochee campground is located in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The main road going to the campground is steep and winding, and unpaved for about 3 miles. There is scant passing room for autos, let alone large campers. However, if you plan on getting there or leaving during off-peak hours the traffic is almost non-existent. Once you get near the campground, the valley floor opens up into many lush meadows. This affords the opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife. During one day I saw several flocks of turkeys and several elk in two different places on the back roads around the valley. There are many day hiking paths around the area and a number of old buildings along the way that are open with exhibits.

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Directions:

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.

Amenities
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Rings
  • Group Camping
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
Activities
  • Backpacking
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback riding
  • Nature Trails
Campsite Types
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
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Season:

From: April To: End of October

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