Great Smoky Mountains Park campsites

The tables below list campgrounds, shelters, and backcountry campsites in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Click on the location to select map views and nearby waypoints. As of October, 2007, these waypoints (latitude/longitude) are reasonably accurate based on visits with a GPS, though the Park service may relocate camp sites.

Many campsites have been closed or relocated over the years. In 2012, campsite 11 was closed (storm damage). There is a new campsite 88 along the new Lakeshore Trail route between 90 and 86 (see current trail map or our Google map.) The old 88 was along Pinnacle Creek and that section of trail is no longer maintainted. Topo maps often show old campsites or former shelter locations. Old shelter sites include Birch Springs, which is now campsite 113, False Gap -- stone walls still standing, Moore Springs -- good spring, Jenkins Ridge, Little Indian Gap -- see Dutch Roth photos, Rich Mountain now campsite 5, Scott Gap now campsite 16. There also used to be two shelters at both Tricorner Knob and Icewater Spring.

As of February 13, 2013, a $4 per night backcountry campsite fee is required for all backcountry campsite/shelters (reserve/pay via recreation.gov). See backcountry camping. 2009 campsite update, some closed (4 and 7), some new ones open -- see new entries for relocated campsite 21 (Huskey Gap), campsite 46 (Indian Creek), campsite 51 (Deep Low Gap).

Campsite Elev. Waypoint Locale
CAMPGROUND ABRAMS CR 1125' CGABCR Cades Cove
CAMPGROUND BALSAM MOUNTAIN 5330' CGBLSM Raven Fork
CAMPGROUND BIG CREEK 1700' CGBIGC Big Creek
CAMPGROUND CADES COVE 1960' CGCADE Cades Cove
CAMPGROUND CATALOOCHEE 2610' CGCATL Cataloochee
CAMPGROUND COSBY 2459' CGCOSB Cosby
CAMPGROUND DEEP CREEK 1800' CGDEEP Deep Creek
CAMPGROUND ELKMONT 2150' CGELKM Elkmont
CAMPGROUND LOOK ROCK 2600' CGLOOK Cades Cove
CAMPGROUND SMOKEMONT 2198' CGSMKM Oconaluftee
ACE GAP BCX7 1680' BCX07 Cades Cove
ANTHONY CREEK BC9 3200' BC009 Cades Cove
BALD CREEK BC61 3560' BC061 Noland Creek
BEARD CANE BC11 1600' BC011 Cades Cove
BEAR PEN BRANCH BC65 2040' BC065 Noland Creek
BIG HEMLOCK BC40 3040' BC040 Cataloochee
BIG WALNUT BC97 2370' BC097 Eagle Creek
BONE VALLEY BC83 2290' BC083 Hazel Creek
BRYSON PLACE BC57 2360' BC057 Deep Creek
BUMGARDNER BRANCH BC60 2120' BC060 Deep Creek
BURNT SPRUCE BC56 2405' BC056 Deep Creek
CABIN FLATS BC49 3060' BC049 Oconaluftee
CALDWELL FORK BC41 3260' BC041 Cataloochee
CALHOUN BC82 2720' BC082 Hazel Creek
CAMP ROCK BC23 3310' BC023 Elkmont
CANE CREEK BC2 1320' BC002 Cades Cove
CHAMBERS CREEK BC98 1720' BC098 Fontana
COOPER RD BC1 1200' BC001 Cades Cove
DALTON BRANCH BC95 2200' BC095 Twentymile
DEEP LOW GAP BC51 2700' BC051 Deep Creek
DOUBLE ISLAND BC78 1720' BC078 Fontana
DRIPPING SPRING MTN BC26 4560' BC026 Elkmont
EAGLE CREEK IS BC96 2000' BC096 Eagle Creek
ENLOE CREEK BC47 3620' BC047 Oconaluftee
FLINT GAP BC14 2050' BC014 Cades Cove
FORGE CREEK BC12 2600' BC012 Cades Cove
FORNEY CCC BC71 2160' BC071 Forney Creek
GILLILAND CREEK BC35 2680' BC035 Cosby
GOLDMINE BC67 1840' BC067 Noland Creek
GUNTER BRANCH BC72 1720' BC072 Fontana
HESSE CREEK BC3 1360' BC003 Cades Cove
HUGGINS BC69 2800' BC069 Forney Creek
HUSKEY GAP BC21 2640' BC021 Elkmont
INDIAN CREEK BC46 2680' BC046 Deep Creek
INJUN CREEK BC32 2240' BC032 Cosby
JERRY FLATS BC63 2920' BC063 Noland Creek
JERRY HOLLOW IS BC87 1750' BC087 Eagle Creek
JONAS CREEK BC70 2400' BC070 Forney Creek
KELLY GAP BCX4 1930' BCX04 Cades Cove
KING BRANCH BC20 2520' BC020 Elkmont
KIRKLAND CREEK BC76 1770' BC076 Fontana
LEDBETTER RIDGE BC10 3000' BC010 Cades Cove
LITTLE BOTTOMS BC17 1240' BC017 Cades Cove
LOST COVE BC90 1760' BC090 Eagle Creek
LONE PINE BC73 1730' BC073 Fontana
LOWER CHASTEEN BC50 2360' BC050 Oconaluftee
LOWER EKANETLEE BC89 1880' BC089 Eagle Creek
LOWER FORNEY BC74 1720' BC074 Forney Creek
LOWER JAKES GAP BC27 3580' BC027 Elkmont
LOWER NOLAND CREEK BC66 1720' BC066 Noland Creek
LOWER WALNUT BOTTOMS BC37 3000' BC037 Big Creek
MARKS COVE BC28 3490' BC028 Tremont
MCCRACKEN BRANCH BC59 2320' BC059 Deep Creek
MCGEE SPRING BC44 5040' BC044 Oconaluftee
MEDICINE BRANCH BLUFF BCX21 3600' BCX21 Elkmont
MILL CREEK BC64 2540' BC064 Noland Creek
MT STERLING BC38 5820' BC038 Big Creek
NETTLE CREEK BC54 2600' BC054 Deep Creek
NEWTON BALD BC52 5000' BC052 Deep Creek
NICKS NEST BRANCH BC58 2360' BC058 Deep Creek
NORTH SHORE BC81 1800' BC081 Fontana
OTTER CREEK BC29 4550' BC029 Cosby
PIKEY CREEK BC77 1800' BC077 Fontana
POKE PATCH BC53 3060' BC053 Deep Creek
POLE RD BC55 2410' BC055 Deep Creek
POPLAR FLATS BC75 2830' BC075 Forney Creek
PORTERS FLAT BC31 3400' BC031 Cosby
POSSUM HOLLOW BC88 1950' BC088 Hazel Creek
PRETTY HOLLOW BC39 3040' BC039 Cataloochee
PROCTOR BC86 1680' BC086 Hazel Creek
RABBIT CREEK BC15 1550' BC015 Cades Cove
RICH MOUNTAIN BC5 3480' BC005 Cades Cove
ROUGH CREEK BC24 2860' BC024 Elkmont
SAWDUST PILE BC85 1990' BC085 Hazel Creek
SCOTT GAP BC16 1750' BC016 Cades Cove
SETTLERS BC33 1990' BC033 Cosby
SHEEP PEN GAP BC13 4640' BC013 Cades Cove
SPRUCE MOUNTAIN BC42 5480' BC042 Cataloochee
STEEL TRAP BC68 3960' BC068 Forney Creek
SUGAR COVE BC34 3080' BC034 Cosby
SUGAR FORK BC84 2160' BC084 Hazel Creek
THREE FORKS BC30 3400' BC030 Elkmont
TURKEYPEN RIDGE BC6 3260' BC006 Cades Cove
TWENTYMILE CREEK BC93 1850' BC093 Twentymile
UPPER CHASTEEN BC48 3320' BC048 Oconaluftee
UPPER FLATS BC92 2520' BC092 Twentymile
UPPER HENDERSON BC19 2880' BC019 Tremont
UPPER LOST COVE BC91 2030' BC091 Eagle Creek
UPPER RIPSHIN BC62 3160' BC062 Noland Creek
UPPER WALNUT BOTTOM BC36 3040' BC036 Big Creek
WEST PRONG BC18 1600' BC018 Tremont
BC113 BIRCH SPRING GAP 3680' SHBGSP AT
SHELTER COSBY KNOB 4740' SHCSBY AT
SHELTER DAVENPORT GAP 2560' SHDAGP AT
SHELTER DERRICK KNOB 4890' SHDEKN AT
SHELTER DOUBLE SPRING GAP 5507' SHDSG AT
SHELTER ICEWATER SPRING 5920' SHICSP AT
SHELTER KEPHART 3540' SHKPHT Oconaluftee
SHELTER LAUREL GAP 5490' SHLAGA Cataloochee
SHELTER MOLLIES RIDGE 4570' SHMLRD AT
SHELTER MT COLLINS 5870' SHMTCO AT
SHELTER MT LE CONTE 6440' SHMTLE Le Conte
SHELTER PECKS CORNER 5280' SHPECO AT
SHELTER RUSSELL FIELD 4360' SHRSFL AT
SHELTER SILERS BALD 5460' SHSIBA AT
SHELTER SPENCE FIELD 4900' SHSPFL AT
SHELTER TRICORNER KNOB 5920' SHTRIC AT
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Download the campsite waypoints for your GPS from either camp.gpx (use EasyGPS) or Maptech's camp.mxf, or send waypoints to your Garmin GPS.
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As of 2013, ALL backcountry campsites must be reserved and a fee is required. See backcountry camping
Canoe campsites on Fontana are 87, 72, 73, 78, 66, and those near the lake are 90, 81, 98, 74, and not so near 76.

The highest shelter is Mt LeConte at 6440'. The highest backcountry campsite is Mt Sterling at 5820' The highest drive-in campground is Balsam Mtn at 5360'. The most remote is Tricorner Knob.

2009 campsite update, some closed, some new ones open.


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