About This Campground
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.
- ADA Access
- Picnic Table
- Firewood Available
- Phone Service
- Max Length: 24 ft.
- Drive InPark next to your campsite
- Walk InPark in a lot, walk to your campsite
- Hike InHike a trail to your campsite
Awesome campground with select sites. Nice tent sites but RVs are restricted to the edge of the road. Unique area with its higher elevation. Nice people throughout many who have been coming here for many years. Clean restrooms but no showers.
Good campground especially for the price! Collected our own firewood, but you can bring heat-treated wood that’s bundled and certified by USDA. Tent pads have gravel so definitely bring a sleeping pad.
The campground was nice and it was a fun drive in/out every time. Lots of elk! The bathroom did not have lights so if you didn’t go by dusk you’ll need a light with you. We stayed in the designated tent sites as far away from people as we could and as you can see in the photo, our neighboring site…
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.