Smokemont Campground

Cherokee, North Carolina

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Smokemont is strategically located on the Oconaluftee River at the base of the Smoky Mountains. From this location, campers can enjoy the immediate beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and jump onto Newfound Gap Road northbound to explore other segments of the park. Take Newfound Gap Road just a few miles south, and you are in the tourist town of Cherokee. And if that isn’t enough, you can take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which has just come 400-plus miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to end near Smokemont. But this campground, nestled in a flat along Bradley Fork near the Oconaluftee River, exudes an old-time national-park camping atmosphere that may keep you mostly at your campsite, poking a stick into the fire, watching the trees grow, or listening to the water flow.
The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas

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The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

Smokemont is strategically located on the Oconaluftee River at the base of the Smoky Mountains. From this location, campers can enjoy the immediate beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and jump onto Newfound Gap Road northbound to explore other segments of the park. Take Newfound Gap Road just a few miles south, and you are in the tourist town of Cherokee. And if that isn’t enough, you can take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which has just come 400-plus miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to end near Smokemont. But this campground, nestled in a flat along Bradley Fork near the Oconaluftee River, exudes an old-time national-park camping atmosphere that may keep you mostly at your campsite, poking a stick into the fire, watching the trees grow, or listening to the water flow.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Cherokee
Campsites: 96, plus 46 RV-only sites
Season: May 15 - October 31
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Smokemont Campground

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