Balsam Mountain Campground

Cocke County, Tennessee

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The rare spruce-fir forest that cloaks the highest elevations of the Smoky Mountains are among the primary reasons this mountain range was designated a national park. Covering 13,000 of the park’s 500,000 acres, the forest composes the southern limit of this relic of the Ice Age. So what does this have to do with tent camping? Well, it just so happens that Balsam Mountain Campground is located in a swath of this rare forest. Not only does it offer the highest tent camping within Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but it also offers campers a chance to experience this remarkable forest firsthand.
The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas

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The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

The rare spruce-fir forest that cloaks the highest elevations of the Smoky Mountains are among the primary reasons this mountain range was designated a national park. Covering 13,000 of the park’s 500,000 acres, the forest composes the southern limit of this relic of the Ice Age.

So what does this have to do with tent camping? Well, it just so happens that Balsam Mountain Campground is located in a swath of this rare forest. Not only does it offer the highest tent camping within Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but it also offers campers a chance to experience this remarkable forest firsthand.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Cocke County
Season: May-September
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Nantahala National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Balsam Mountain Campground

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