Welcome to Hiking the Carolinas

Return to the Home Page

Mt. Cammerer Camping

There are several options for non-backcountry camping. The two options that are listed below are part of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. The commercial campgrounds are not as beautiful or as convenient to the trails that lead to the top of the summit. The campgrounds that are outside of the park do offer some amenities that the "official" campgrounds don't. Among one of the more popular options that these campgrounds offer are showers. Almost all of them will allow hikers to shower for a small fee and welcome the business. Convenience stores are located just outside the park, however there aren't any grocery stores nearby. 

BIG CREEK

The Park Service campground here is the smallest in the park. At thirteen sites it can be very difficult to secure a space here, nearly impossible on weekends. Sitting on a bank above Big Creek the ever-present sound of rushing water can be very relaxing. Surrounded by a mature hardwood forest, it's no wonder this campground is so popular. Not only is this campground is close to the Chestnut Branch Trail, one route to Mt. Cammerer, it is adjacent to the Big Creek Trail. One of the secrets to getting a site at this popular campground is to be at the self registration booth at twelve noon, checkout time.  Closed in the Winter.

COSBY

Separated into two sections this heavily wooded campground is open all year. Even though there are many sites here, privacy is possible. This is a convenient base for many day - hikes and stores with provisions are nearby. Be sure to check out the Albright Loop Trail, a fine example of old-growth forest, nearby. 

  to the page that you came from