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About Elkmont Campground
Located eight miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Elkmont Campground is the largest and busiest campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At an elevation of 2,150 feet, the area enjoys a moderate climate, characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers. Recreation The Little River runs through the campground offering visitors the option to camp waterfront. Campers can enjoy high-quality backcountry fishing in the cool waters of the Little River and countless other streams and rivers that snake through the mountains. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise, with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short, leg-stretchers to strenuous treks, with a number of those trails easily accessible from Elkmont Campground. The nearby and popular Laurel Falls Trail leads to a spectacular 80-ft. waterfall. Hiking and fishing are not the only reasons for visiting the Smokies: Picnicking, wildlife viewing and auto touring are popular activities. With around 1,500 bears living in the park, it's not uncommon for visitors to spot one. From the big animals like bears, deer, and elk, down to microscopic organisms, the Smokies are the most biologically-diverse area in the world's temperate zone. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy. The park also holds one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States. Over 90 historic structures, including houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools and grist mills have been preserved or rehabilitated in the park. Facilities Elkmont Campground has 200 tent / RV campsites with paved driveways, gravel tent pads, fire rings, and picnic tables. Although most sites will accommodate tents or RVs, extreme slope or length of driveway make certain sites more suitable for tents than RVs. Please check the descriptions and measurements of individual sites. In addition to these tent / RV sites, Elkmont has 20 walk-in sites for tents. Campers on these beautiful wooded sites will have a short walk from their parking area to their tent pad. Nine of Elkmont's campsites are wheelchair accessible ADA sites. These sites have wide concrete driveways, raised fire rings, and wheelchair accessible picnic tables. All of these sites are located near accessible restrooms. Three of the sites provide 5 amp electrical service for medical equipment. Restrooms at Elkmont Campground have flush toilets, cold running water, and utility sinks. Potable water is available at spigots near each restroom; use of hoses is not allowed. Elkmont Campground does not have electric, water, or sewer hook-ups. RV campers are encouraged to use the dump station across from Sugarlands Visitor Center, as there is no dump station in the campground. Elkmont is strictly an overnight campground; there are no day-use facilities. The nearest picnic area is Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, west of Elkmont on Little River Road. Due to its central location and variety of amenities, Elkmont Campground tends to be heavily used during the summer vacation months and in October. Sites along Little River are in particularly high demand. Even when Elkmont is full, campsites are often available at Cosby Campground, located at the northeast corner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Natural Features Generations of campers have returned to Elkmont year after year, drawn by the sounds of the river, the tranquility of the forest, and the variety of recreational activities in the Elkmont area. Little River and Jakes Creek run through the campground, offering easy access for fishing or cool summertime splashing. Trailheads for Little River Trail, Jakes Creek Trail, and Elkmont Nature Trail are located adjacent to the campground. Historic remnants of Little River Lumber Company's logging camp and old buildings from the Elkmont resort community offer campers a glimpse of life at Elkmont nearly a century ago. Nearby Attractions Gatlinburg, one of the Smokies' most famous tourist towns, is located about nine miles from Elkmont and offers organized rafting trips, museums, restaurants, galleries, an aquarium, skiing and more. ADA Access: N
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Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Elkmont Campground is located in Tennessee
35.658 N
-83.582 W
Get Directions
From Cherokee, NC: Take Newfound Gap Road (aka U.S. 441) North through the park into Tennessee. Turn left at Sugarlands Visitor Center. Follow Little River Road approx. 4.5 miles. Turn left at the Elkmont Campground sign and proceed 1.5 miles to the campground office. From Gatlinburg,TN: Take Newfound Gap Road (aka U.S. 441) South into the Park. (If coming from Pigeon Forge, take the Bypass into the park.) Turn a right at Sugarlands Visitor Center. Proceed 4.5 miles to the Elkmont entrance and turn left at the Elkmont Campground sign. Go 1.5 miles to the campground office.
21 Reviews of Elkmont Campground
Nice campground in an amazing Park

Campsites can be a bit close together, but it's very nice and wooded. We we're lucky enough to get a site next to a small creek. Other sites are near a bigger stream. There are no showers and no soap or paper towels or hand dryers in the bathrooms. Not necessarily a complaint, but a warning. Staff was nice and the small store had camp essentials like firewood.

This park had no entrance fee and had great Ranger run programs and hikes. We hiked to Laurel Falls and it was beautiful, but the real stunner was Clingman's Dome. VERY worth the drive from the campsite (GPS tells you 8 miles, but it's more than an hour drive)

Beautiful and peaceful

We spent a week in this campground and loved everything. The restrooms were clean. There are no showers or electricity but it is a great campground. We plan to go back next summer!

Elkmont Campground

Had a great time here, the camp host was delightful!

Very popular but very pretty in GSMNP

This campsite is in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is one of the biggest and busiest.

Yay: this is a fairly typical big national park campground in many ways. There is a camp store with firewood (you are required to buy it from an authorized location!). Nice roomy campsites with a lot of plant cover letting you feel like you have a private area. You can hike some trail from right on site. Rangers have almost nightly programming for all ages.

Nay: given the traffic it is well maintained but can still be a little behind in restroom cleanliness. We’ve stayed here many times and how clean the campsite and bathrooms/facilities are can vary a lot. The staff are all excellent though and are happy to hop to it and solve any issues you may have with the facilities. Also bring tons of bug spray! No showers.

Surprise: cool little ghost town nearby for neat photos. Many sites are along an adorable creek (B-teens for example).

Water everywhere!

Let's face it, it gets HOT in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the summer time and having a spot to cool off at the end of the day is an added bonus when camping. This campground is within the national park and offers well shaded spots for both RVs and tent campers. It's a relatively large campground with multiple loops that helps to spread out visitors so that you don't fell like you're on top of one another.

There are no hook ups for electric and sewer here, nor are their showers. However, there are flush toilets, cold running water and large sinks for you to do your dishes or hand wash a few clothing items if need be. The town of Gatlinburg is also a short drive away from this particular campground. There are water spigots with potable water through the campground.

This is one of the more popular sites within the park and fills quickly (especially the AMAZING sites right along the water). So if you're interested in spending a few nights here, be sure to make your reservations early. There is also a small general store located within the campground.

Fantastic, right by the water

A perfect way to camp in the Great Smoky Mountains - down in a holler, right by a babbling stream. The sites are paved so you won't camp on rocks or sticks, and there's a small shop there with basic supplies (wood, snacks, etc.) for sale. Love this site, will return!

Great campground!

this is a great campground. Quiet, close to all the major sites in GSMNP! We went 4 days over 4th of July- it rained a lot and was always extremely humid. Bathroom were clean, but oddly, always wet? No showers, or electricity. Great camp store on site for essentials (firewood, ice, personal items). Dish washing sink at every bathroom and bear storeage unit at some campsites if you don't want to store in your car.


Great park operated car camping site with a few primitive sites. Always clean and the only spot to catch synchronized fireflies.

The Hidden Gem

The campground has a wonderful area and the history of the place is amazing.

Elkmont campground Smokey Mountain National Park

Busy but nice campground. Over 200 campsites, with small RV and tents mixed in. The best sites are either the walk in tent sites or the creek side sites. No showers, but nice clean bathrooms with cold running water. Great location to be in the middle of the park.