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Big Creek Camping

Car Camping

One of my favorite campgrounds in the smokies is the Big Creek Campground. With 13 sites situated right next to the creek itself, there is not a more comfortable campground within the park. Nestled in the midst of tall hardwoods there is plenty of shade here. The sound of the rushing waters of Big Creek fills the air and many small trails loop around the campground. A comfort station, minus showers, can be found here also. Due to it's great popularity securing a site here can be difficult. Check out time is 12 noon so waiting around the self registration for departing campers is usually the only sure method for getting a campsite. The campground is seasonal so call ahead to make sure it is open.

Back-Country Camping

Camping at Walnut Bottoms, campsite 37, requires a reservation. You must call for reservations in advance at the Backcountry Country Reservations office. The number is:

(865) 436-1231    8 AM to 6 PM seven days a week.

The hike to Walnut Bottoms is 5.2 miles. this a a wide, open and flat area that has a very imposing bear presence. As always the bears are not a threat as long as you handle your food correctly. Don't cook near your tent, keep food in your tent and be sure to hang your food from the devices that the park service has provided.


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