Campgrounds Near Cosby, Tennessee

Campgrounds Near Cosby, Tennessee
Nestled on the border of East Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Cosby is 20 miles east of the popular mountain resort of Gatlinburg. Camping in Cosby offers access to many of the same outdoor activities as Gatlinburg, such as hiking, creek fishing and whitewater rafting, while avoiding the tourist developments and thick crowds that dominate Cosby's better-known neighbor. That makes it a logical choice for exploring the Smoky Mountains and getting a little peace and quiet at the same time.

Cosby Ranch

Formerly known as Fox Den Campground, Cosby Ranch offers a mix of tent campsites, some primitive and some with water and electrical hookups. There are also RV campsites on the property. The amenities at the campground include a coin laundry, showers, swimming pool, basketball court and a private catch-and-release fishing pond. The ranch also operates a bird sanctuary with owls and vultures. Cosby Ranch sits right on the border with Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and trailheads for some of the park's hiking paths are within walking distance of the campground.

Cosby Ranch
311 South Highway 32
Cosby, TN 37722
(423) 487-3178
cosbyranch.com

Cosby Campground

A Great Smoky Mountains National Park facility, Cosby Campground offers 157 campsites in a forested location astride Cosby Creek. Most of those campsites are tents-only, have no hookups, and come equipped with a tent pad, picnic table, fire ring and barbecue grill. The campground is serviced by five comfort stations with toilets and showers. The national park authorities consider the campground to be underutilized, making it a sound choice for campers looking to beat the crowds or seeking a little solitude. At least part of the campground is open from mid-March to mid-October, and there is a two-week maximum stay. Black bears are known to live in the area, so campers are encouraged to exercise anti-bear precautions, especially in food-handling. Pets are permitted at the campground, but they must be well-behaved and kept on a leash. For on-site outdoor activities, there is a national park hiking trailhead within the campground.

Cosby Campground
127 Cosby Park Road
Cosby, TN 37722
(423) 487-2683
recreation.gov

Great Smoky Jellystone Campground

Part of the Yogi Bear-inspired national chain of campgrounds, Jellystone is primarily an RV park, but is does have a secluded, forested tent camping area separated from the rest of the camp by a stream. The tent camping area offers a mix of primitive sites and sites with water and electrical hookups. All the sites are equipped with picnic tables and fire rings. Other features and facilities include a shower house, coin laundry, camp store with propane and firewood sales, free Wi-Fi access, half-court basketball, swimming pool, recreation room, playground, miniature golf and pet area. Other accommodations are available in the form of rental cabins. Trailheads for hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountain National Park are within walking distance of the campground.

Great Smoky Jellystone Campground
4946 Hooper Highway
Cosby, TN 37722
(423) 487-5534
greatsmokyjellystone.com‎

Triple Creek Campground

Triple Creek Campground is located 4 miles north of Cosby. It offers a mix of RV and tent sites, as well as rental cabins. The sites are lightly wooded, and many are at creekside. Amenities at the campground include picnic tables, playground, courts for horseshoes and volleyball, showers, coin laundry and firewood sales. Pets are allowed at Triple Creek, but they must be attended at all times and kept leashed. For on-site outdoor activities, campers can fish for trout in the creeks.

Triple Creek Campground
141 Lower Bogard Road
Newport, TN 37821
(423) 623-2020
triplecreekcamping.com

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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