Best area of GSM. Secluded and teaming with wildlife. Awesome area during the once a year rare firefly season if you are lucky enough to get a site. The firefly event is extremely popular and on many people's bucket lists. It only happens one other place in the world. If you are lucky enough to get to see it, it makes you feel like you are in a Disney movie. This is the ONLY campground where you will be able to see this event. Great hiking trails and good place to fly fish. Can be quite busy so reservations are a good idea. No showers but a river runs through the campground. Campsites are large enough to where you have plenty of space even with a lot of people.
Awesome place to spend a night or 4
The Great Smoky Mountains are the most visited National Park. If you go in the summer, it will be crowded. Elkmont is less than 10 miles from Gatlinburg. So yes this campground is large and busy. If you know that going in, then you should be ok. If it to be a quieter campsite, come here in the late fall or earlier spring.