Is it too cold to camp in the Smokey Mountains in April 16th-22th

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  1. boobeeko1

    boobeeko1 New Member

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    I was wondering if it is too cold to go camping in the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee in April. We like to camp in state or federal parks with electric but we have a quiet inverter generator for nonelectric sites. We have kids that are 11,9 & 8 and need to keep them busy. Any suggestion's would help. Thank you.
     
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    Warm days ... brisk nights ... might even dip down into the thirties now & again if a "front" comes through. Just where did you have in mind ...
    (you no likey the North Carolina side ... was it something I said ...?)
     
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    We never camped in TN and wanted to put it on the map. We already camped in NC. What the hay! Im game! We can include North Carolina.
     
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    Like the other poster stated it will be chilly at night but it will feel great during the day. Some pretty places in tn would be cades cove and townsend

    Depending on how far you are willing to travel inside tn and depending on if you have to be in the great smokey mountains here are some other parks to consider

    Rock island state park
    Fall creek falls state park
    Frozen head state park
     
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    I camped at the Cades Cove campground, which is in the GSMNP, last week for "Spring Break" (we start early down here). It was beautiful and the loop was full. As more people show up they will open all the sections. By April it should be fully open. I think May 1st is when the reservations start back up through the fall. Until then, first come first served. PS: No power in the park, generators are allowed in certain sections. [:)C]
     
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    A great family campground that's hard to beat in NC is the Davidson River NFS C/G just outside of Brevard. The Davidson River runs the length of the C/G with some sites next to it, several loops, flush toilets & hot showers, some electrical hook-ups (host sites) that would be available that time of year, and lots of things to do close by.
     
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    We camped in the park two weeks ago at Cataloochee (our favorite park campground) and it was 70s during the day, 40s at night, just about perfect. But it's much cooler in Tennessee this weekend (and yet, we're still going camping!)

    A big factor is elevation; the lowland campgrounds like Big Creek and Cades Cove are going to be considerably warmer than higher elevation campgrounds like Balsam Mountain and Look Rock. Also bear in mind that the sun goes down on the Tennessee side so it's warmer later in the evening over there. Conversely, it rises in the east, so the North Carolina side warms up faster. Of course, if the sun is blocked by a ridge, it hardly matters.

    April's a good month, but you know what they say about April and showers. You may even see some snow higher up. But temps in the day will likely be pleasant.

    Remember also, the later you wait into the season, the more crowded the park will get.

    Have fun in our nation's most popular national park!
     

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