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Balsam Mountain Campground

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About This Campground

National Park Service

Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Balsam Mountain Campground is located in a relatively remote part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The secluded setting offers visitors the ability to enjoy a multitude of recreational activities without the crowds which are sometimes common in other parts of the park.


Fee Info

Individual Campsites: A customer who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire…

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  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.

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  • WiFi
  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group


For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires


18 Reviews of Balsam Mountain Campground

Ratings Breakdown

  • 0
  • 1
  • 0
  • 8
  • 9
Robbie B.
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2021

Great spot in GSMNP with one exception

Great spot that puts you in a more remote part of the park. Only downside is most sites are on top of each other. Be prepared to know your neighbor! Would be a solid 5 star if there was just a little more space between campsites. All in all a beautiful location, good hiking trails nearby. Was a…

Site2 and 3
Month of VisitAugust
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2021

Quirky Campground, Spectacular Location

I wish I had read some of these reviews before booking my reservation so I would have been prepared for the fact we would have had to park our campervan on the road ABOVE our campsite. On the other hand, I’m glad I didn’t know because it might have prevented me from staying here. And this…

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Month of VisitJuly
Melissa W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2021

Away from crowds

I'm giving this campground 5 stars because you'll feel like you're in a part of the park that no one goes to. It's over an hour to get to the main part of the park, visitor centers, etc. There's still several hikes in the Balsam area so there's no need to drive to the main entrance if you don't…

  • one of the many views on the way to the campsite (great place to watch the sunset)
  • site 37
  • site 10 straight ahead and 9 to the left of it
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Month of VisitJune


Balsam Mountain Campground is located in North Carolina


From the North: From I-40 take Exit 20 Maggie Valley, NC and travel US-19 towards Cherokee, NC. Access the Blue Ridge Parkway at Soco Gap and continue South to mile 458.2, turning right onto Heintooga Ridge Road. Enter Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Black Camp Gap and continue 9 miles to Balsam Mountain Campground. From the South: Follow US-441/US-23 North. At Dillsboro merge onto US-74 West/US-441 North. At exit 74 merge onto US-441. Continue on US-441 through Cherokee, NC and into the park. Access the Blue Ridge Parkway traveling North to mile 458.2, turning left onto Heintooga Ridge Road. Enter Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Black Camp Gap and continue 9 miles to Balsam Mountain Campground.


107 Park Headquarters Rd
Gatlinburg, NC 37738


35.56555558 N
83.17500018 W

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