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CATALOOCHEE (Car Camping) 27 sites, elev. 2,610', $12, open March 16 to Nov. 1, 31' RVs 

1-800-365-2267 (park code GRE) 

Or contact :

GSMNP Park Service

If you're camping in the Backcountry there are some great sites in the Cataloochee Area. Two of them are just short walks from the trail head. Before you head into the back-country to camp you must obtain a free camping permit. Follow this link to get detailed information. Back-country link>>>>


Just 35 miles from Asheville, Cataloochee is very easy to find. Take exit 23 in Interstate 40. The Cove Creek Road exit is also the exit for RT. 276. Turn right on Cove Creek Road as soon as you exit the interstate. Follow Cove Creek Road for seven miles to the park entrance. Beware of precipitous drop offs and the absence of a shoulder in most sections of the road. Many cars have plunged off of the edge. Once in the park it is another 5 miles until you reach the paved road. As you enter the paved section, the road to the right has a sign that shows Mt. Sterling to be 20 miles. Take this branch to go to "Little Cataloochee". Continue to the left on the paved road to reach "Big Cataloochee". Be sure to stop at the first parking area on the right to take in the view of this remote valley.

Contact Numbers

For more information on park road conditions, call the park at

 (865) 436-1200.

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