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.
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.
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.