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Cataloochee Campground (North Carolina)

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107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, North Carolina 37738
828 497-9270
35.63132, -83.08564

Cataloochee campground has 27 large campsites for tents, trailers and RVs (up to 31 feet) in Great Smokey Mountains National Park. This area has been described as being among the most rugged in southeastern the United States. Be advised that the road to the campground is narrow, steep, winding and unpaved for about 3 miles – making it difficult for big rigs to navigate.

Cataloochee campground has drinking water and flush toilets. There are no hookups. Each campsite has a table, fire ring and grate.   Group camping and equestrian campsites are also available.

All campsites have gravel tent pads and sites 1 through 20 have enough room for two autos, a camper and a rain fly, plus the tent pad. Sites 21 to 27 are only slightly smaller and a little closer together. A large stream flows along the rear of sites 3, 5, and 7 to 10, and a smaller creek flows along the rear of 14, 15, 17, 18 and 19.

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.There are many day hiking paths around the area and a number of old buildings along the way that are open with exhibits. Outdoor activities in the area includes hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, fishing, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.

You may also want to check out Balsam Mountain campground. It’s also in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is about 30 miles away via highway 276.

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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.

  • Campground Host
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Facilities
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Backpacking
  • Bird Watching
  • Creek
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Walking Trails
  • Creek
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Mountains
  • Southeastern
Campsite Types
  • Equestrian
  • Group
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Best Campsites:

5 and 26


From: April To: End of October



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