|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. There is a new campsite 88 along the new Lakeshore Trail route between 90 and 86 (see 2009 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). In August 2011, campsites 84 and 85 switched to "reservation required". 2009 campsite update, some closed (4 and 7), some new ones open -- see new entries for relocated campsite 21 (Huskey Gap, reservations), campsite 46 (Indian Creek, reservations), campsite 51 (Deep Low Gap).
Backcountry campers are required to have a free
Permits are available at most ranger stations, campgrounds,
and visitor centers.
to stay in any shelter and the following backcountry
sites (indicated in RED on the
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.
New 2009 campsite update, some closed, some new ones open.
Visits since 12/20/03
Last modified: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 07:59:38 -0400