Elkmont Campgrounds

Gaitlinburg, Tennessee

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Elkmont Campground is big, but so is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Situated at the confluence of Jakes Creek and the Little River, deeply ensconced in the bosom of the Tennessee Smokies, Elkmont has been a destination for visitors since well before the park came to be. Pre-park visitors stayed in cottages and camped where they could. Now we can camp in the park’s official campground where a national park–level experience awaits. Restrooms and water spigots are smartly spread throughout the campground. Elkmont fills during the summer months, especially holiday weekends. If you go when school is out, get reservations. October is busy too. Other than that, campsites are easily had.
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by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

Elkmont Campground is big, but so is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Situated at the confluence of Jakes Creek and the Little River, deeply ensconced in the bosom of the Tennessee Smokies, Elkmont has been a destination for visitors since well before the park came to be.

Pre-park visitors stayed in cottages and camped where they could. Now we can camp in the park’s official campground where a national park–level experience awaits. Restrooms and water spigots are smartly spread throughout the campground. Elkmont fills during the summer months, especially holiday weekends. If you go when school is out, get reservations. October is busy too. Other than that, campsites are easily had.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Gaitlinburg
Campsites: 220
Season: Mid-March–November
Additional Use: Swimming, Fishing, Hiking
Features: Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 865-430-5560 nps.gov/grsm
Fees per Night: $17-$23
Facilities: Flush toilets, water spigots, general store
Driving Directions: Directions to Elkmont Campgrounds

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