We stayed for one night, on a weeknight in early December. The campground was completely deserted (one other camper came in the evening, there were only two of us there!). Most of the campground is shut down during that time. Bathroom was open, with cold water. Water was available at the spouts. Sites are very close together for the most part, typical of most National Park Service car camping campgrounds.
Campground is along a creek, and there were some sites right along the water. Nice little trail across from our site that we explored. You must buy heat treated wood locally (we found some easily in nearby Cherokee).
Campground is close to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, and we had the luck of seeing a heard of Elk in the field at the center on our way in! The road through the park shut down the night we were there due to snow and ice in the higher elevations, so keep weather in mind when visiting in the colder months; if you are planning to drive all the way through the park, you might not be able to. Same goes for the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway, which was still shut down in many areas for clearing after an ice storm a week or two before we got there.
On the most crowded of days sometimes you just find something that makes you happy and in my pursuit of a waterfall, that is how I stumbled upon Smokemont. I had thought it was a group only camp from other readings, but then discovered it was this great place with wide spaces big enough for RVs or tents.
The sites were pretty flat and even and made for my tent night comfortable. Facilities were well maintained and this being my first campground in North Carolina, it left a very good impression on me to say the least!!
I did find this campsite to be less crowded than the two major camps on the Tennessee side the Smoky Mountain entrance.
The campsite I had was only $21 when I visited and was pretty standard with picnic table and fire ring. They do ask you only use heat treated wood and not bring in woods which might contain little critters not native to the area. This was the only real warning they gave me when I checked in.
Very popular campground just inside the Park and not far from Cherokee NC. Clean, well maintained, easy access RV sites. The RV loop has no hookups, although generators are allowed during the day. We had a lovely site on the creek. Bring water and be prepared for damp conditions.
Lovely place to camp and hike. Usually very quiet and not a lot of people.
Great, quiet spot to pitch a tent. A beautiful trail up the side of the mountain leads to great views and starts right at the campground.
This campground was great. Lovely location on the eastern side of GSMNP. Easy access to many trails and spacious sites enabled a great getaway. No electricity, no cell reception means great, meaningful time with friends and family. Site B32 means you're falling asleep to rushing creek water every night. Be prepared for rain, it's what makes the Smokies beautiful.
Smokemont is a typical national park campground. There are no showers and only cold water in the restrooms. Since I have oily hair and must wash my hair daily I wish for warm showers. The campground is clean and well kept. Campsites are pretty close together, but this is ok since campers were friendly and followed the rules. It’s a beautiful setting with plenty of hiking trails nearby. Elevation is low here so it gets rather warm in the summer. I was interested in seeing “Unto These Hills” down in Cherokee so this was a perfect location for that outing. The Oconaluftee Visitor’s Center is nearby, as well.
We spent several nights driving through GSMNP and this was where we spend our final night. The campsite was quiet (mid-May) in terms of people but full of life. So many butterflies and other cool nature nuggets.
The sites are a nice size, more than enough room for little tent campers like us. The sites are crushed gravel with nice fire rings and plenty of shade. This is a pristine spot along the Blue Ridge and worth spending a night (or more).
Beautiful site next to river, a lot of hiking options. Ice available a short bike ride or hike away at horse stable. No internet available so check weather forecast before leaving the visitor center
I parked at the smokemont car camping area, then packed into one of the backcountry sites for a weekend of blue line trout fishing on the Bradley Creek headwaters, feeding into the Oconaluftee River. Smokemont has nice facilities, with good trails and water access. You can't beat the scenery, and the fishing wasn't bad either.