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Old 05-24-2020, 05:24 PM   #1
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Great Smokey National Park

Since all of our granddaughters summer camps will not open, my wife and I need to find some things for them to do. Thinking about trying GSNP. Pretty close and we've never been there.

Looks like there are 3 campgrounds within the Park itself. No hookups but looks like, even in July, temperatures are not excessively hot so AC would not be required. Only thing is battery power to get 4 teenagers (our 2 and a friend each) through the night.

Alternate is stay in a private park outside park.

Would appreciate any suggestions from those lucky enough to visit in the past.

Need to get on this and try to make reservations in case Park starts to open up.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-24-2020, 06:15 PM   #2
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My husband and I stayed in the park at Elkmont Campground a few years ago. Loved it! Easy enough to get to Gatlinsburg and Pigeon Foeprge when we wanted, but isolated enough to feel like we were really camping. And easy access to the different points of interest within the park.

No electric, but we made it for a week with just occasionally running our generator during the designated generator times.

Some of the sites are right on the river--ours was and that was definitely a perk! (We were in C2, big enough to easily accommodate our 30 ft trailer.
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Old 05-24-2020, 08:30 PM   #3
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Absolutely beautiful park!

There are several campgrounds just outside the park with full hookups if you find your need it.
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With COVID19 be sure to check the park's web site for closures.
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Old 05-25-2020, 04:26 AM   #5
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Hot and humid is relative, compared to TX or FL in July, I guess you might consider it mild in the TN mountains. But its still probably going to be hot and humid enough in July that AC would be wanted by most..... Being in the trees in a campground will help temp wise some, but you should expect the humidity can / will be pretty terrible......

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The Cades Cove campground is very shaded so you can't rely on solar for your electric needs there. The benefit of this campground was being close to the Cades Cove Loop during the "no cars" time, so we were able to bicycle from our campsite and ride the loop without cars. The disadvantages are that the campsite roads are narrow and the trees can make getting into sites a little tricky if you have a large rig and no electricity.

If I were going with teenagers, I would book a campsite at one of the private campgrounds with a pool and FHU and just drive into the park since you end up driving to get to some of the trails/sites anyway.
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I would agree with Tacksondeck. There are many commercial campgrounds right at the north entrance to the park. The entertainment value of the park is in it's natural beauty but eventually the attractions outside the park draw visitors for something to do after dark.
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We go twice a year and our A/C runs a bunch.... I won't camp in a hot trailer.
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We go twice a year and our A/C runs a bunch.... I won't camp in a hot trailer.
Hi, Camper,

Do you stay in private parks or within the park boundries? If without hookups, are you saying the evenings and nights are not too hot for you?

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We stay just outside the park at a private campground and usually run the A/C there. I like it 73 degrees in my camper, but that's my preference.
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We visit GSNP 2 or 3 times a year. According to the GSNP website CGs are not open.

Lots of local parks. We normally stayed in Pigeon Forge but now with a big rig it'll be Sevierville.

Enjoy - Richard
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We visit GSNP 2 or 3 times a year. According to the GSNP website CGs are not open.

Lots of local parks. We normally stayed in Pigeon Forge but now with a big rig it'll be Sevierville.

Enjoy - Richard
That's correct, the Park Campgrounds are still closed at this time. They are in the process of "step" reopening, but I do not know when the CG will open. We've never stayed in the actual park itself.....44' Momentum 5ver just ain't gonna fit.
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Check in to Cherokee NC if on the east side or Townsend on the west. Pools and playgrounds, cool rivers, close to park and things for kids to do, plus laundry if you stay a few days. If you go to Sevierville Pigeon Forge you well be up till midnight with all the noise and spend a fortune with the kids several years ago Dollywood was $$$ per day per kid and you will need the air conditioning all day and night. (90*-99%humid) Could have a wet July with rain every day or none at all, the southern end is considered a rain forest. Good luck. PS yes I was raised there.
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We have done Elkmont a few times too. Nice CG. Next to a creek.

If you want nothing fancy but want power & water take a look at Dumplin Valley
CG. Very scenic. A former dairy farm. Silos & barn still there. Far enough from I40 so little noise. Close enough to Pigeon Forge etc. Hosts a big bluegrass festival in September but usually far from full.
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