We spent a couple of nights this week camping at the little Balsam Mountain Campground in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. At 5310 feet in elevation it is the highest campground in the park. Nights are cool even in the summer, and I enjoyed wearing a long sleeve flannel and jacket while sitting around a campfire in July in North Carolina. That doesn't happen too often. IMG_20190701_170121_995 by Chuck Allen, on Flickr The views are fantastic too. Mile High Overlook is a short distance away with spectacular views of the mountains. We hiked over to the overlook on Monday night and were treated to an incredible spectacle as the sun set over the Appalachian Trail ridgeline that straddles the NC/TN border. IMG_20190701_211204_451 by Chuck Allen, on Flickr Balsam Mountain Campground is usually quiet and secluded, but it was pretty packed out for the 4th of July week. There are 46 campsites mostly best suited for tent camping. The tent only sites are really close to each other, I would not be happy camping in them. About half of the sites are ok for small trailers and popups. We had one of the best sites in the campground, #7. The sites come with the standard picnic tables and fire ring with grill grate. Like all GSMNP campgrounds there are no power, water, or sewer hookups. There are no showers. There are however, very clean and flushable restrooms and a very nice dishwashing station. As far as phone access, our Verizon gave us a bar and 4g service. I was able to stream a Braves game on Tuesday night. All in all, it was a relaxing couple of nights. I'd go back up there in a heartbeat, but only if I could reserve site #7 or #23.