Great Smokey Mountain Popupping

Discussion in 'Campground / Trip Planning & Suggestions ?' started by jhancock, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. jhancock

    jhancock New Member

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    Has anyone had experience camping in the Great Smokey Mountains in a popup?

    Edited by - Digger on September 17 2008 15:22:36
     
  2. robsheila

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    Several times. There are quite a few of us from the portal who vacation to the Smokies. My campground of choice is the Smoky Bear Campground east of Gatlinburg on Rt 321. We enjoy hiking the trails throughout the area. Tap into the search option above and you'll find some threads of the member's trips there.

    Rob & Sheila
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    We have been to the Smokey Mountains several times this summer. We enjoyed the Cades Cove campground, especially for biking and animal watching. We visited Deep Creek campground three times to go tubing and visit that side of the Smokeys. I believe there is horseback riding at both campgrounds. The Cades Cove sites are fairly close together kind of a group thing. Our kids loved that place and made lots of friends. The sites at Deep Creek can be tricky but you can get a really great private site with lots of beautiful trees. Deep Creek is steep in some places and at a higher elevation I'm pretty sure, but there are a lot of elevation changes in the Smokeys lol...

    There are no showers in the National Park there, that's the only negative I think! Lots of stuff to do!

    Have fun!

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  4. Red Rebels

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    We love going to Townsend in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Just FYI it's
    S-M-O-K-Y. Smokey is a bear's name (and a Bluetick Hound).

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    Check out Tremont Hills, just outside the park in Townsend, TN. We used to go there all the time and enjoyed it.

    http://www.tremontcamp.com/

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    Even though we have sold our popup and will be tent camping I thought I'd ask this question here since you all are so knowledgeable. We are planning on camping at Elkmont or possibly Smokemont and want to know where you can go for a pay shower in the area. We've tent camped at Smokemont before, but only for 3 nights, and made due with sponge bathing. This time we are planning on 5 nights and I really want a shower at some point.
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  7. robsheila

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    I know at Elkmont, they will give you a list of area campgrounds that will let you use their shower facilities for a small fee ($3?).

    I asked the rangers if I could just take a bar of soap with me when I played in the creek running thru the campground. They said, "No."

    Rob & Sheila
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    I have reservations at Ft. Wilderness in Cherokee, NC next month. As a Recreation USA camp club member It only cost us $10/night during color season. It's the only campground in the Smokies that I know of that offers club discounts during the month of October. This includes full hook-ups and shower facilities, but they do charge extra for cable, Internet and pets.

    I will also be staying 2 nights at Cataloochee CG in the GSMNP. Though hard to get to, it's peaceful and serene (almost a religious experience) with plenty of elk and bear viewing opportunities. I have a shower/cassette toilet in my Aliner LXE, so no need to go dirty when dry camping in my pup. The hard sides make my DW feel a little more secure in bear country too.

    06 Aliner LXE pulled by 06 Chevy Cobalt SS - tow modified
     
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    Most of the private campgrounds will allow you to use their facilities for a fee. Just call ahead and find the one closest. I know Tremont in Townsend will let you use theirs.

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    Jim (DH - 60, DW - 60, DD - 98, DD - 00)
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