It's not hard to see why Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park anywhere in the country. In 2017, more than 11 million visitors came to explore its mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and wildflowers.
One of the best spots to base yourself during a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains is in Smokemont Campground. Open year-round, this popular campground offers a quintessential outdoor experience and also welcomes four-legged family members with open paws.
Stay here and you can enjoy access to some of the park's 800-plus miles of trails. Alternatively, you might prefer to marvel at spectacular wildflowers, catch a glimpse of myriad wildlife species, go fishing, or just enjoy the clean mountain air.
Smokemont Campground accommodates tents and RVs, with flush toilets, drinking water, sinks, picnic tables, and fire rings all provided. There's also a large, grassy area that's perfect for a game of football or maybe just relaxing in the sun.
Campsites cost $25 a night. However, please be aware that there are no showers at Smokemont Campground, nor are there hookups for electric, sewer or water. Tents are also not permitted in Loop F, so keep this in mind when reserving a site.
Please note that bears and a variety of other wildlife abound in this part of the country, so your food and any food preparation equipment must be stored in a locked vehicle or bear-proof food locker when not being used. You'll also need to dispose of your garbage in the bear-proof dumpsters provided.
Dogs are welcome in Smokemont Campground but you'll need to ensure that your pet is never left unattended and is on a leash at all times. Unfortunately, dogs aren't allowed on trails.
While this last point is a definite downside for anyone wanting to explore the best of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with their canine pal, you and your pooch can still have a relaxing getaway at this scenic campground!