Camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

All of the gorgeous cabin rentals offered through Cabins For You are perfectly nestled within the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge to provide guests with breathtaking views. If simply taking in the scenery from your rental isn’t enough for you and you want to get out and experience what the beautiful surroundings are all about, camping in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the perfect activity!

Backcountry Camping

If you’re up for the challenge of surviving in nature for the night with only the supplies you’ve brought with you, backcountry camping might be right up your alley! There are a number of different shuttle services for hikers and campers that transport visitors to the backcountry of the National Park from surrounding communities including Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Different shuttle services can be found online as they are continuously changing throughout the year so it is best to find the one that suits your needs during your stay with us in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.

Backcountry camping in the Smokies is a favorite activity among those visiting the area and with a variety of different hiking trails and a beautiful backdrop provided, it’s sure to be something that you’ll never forget! The Great Smoky Mountain National Park wants to make sure that everyone has a wonderful stay so, to do so they must ensure the safety of all visitors. A series of safety tips, regulations of the park, and maps and books are provided on the National Park Service’s Backcountry webpage.

Explore the nature that surrounds your cabin rental in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge and Reserve your overnight camping expedition in the Backcountry today! Click here for permit information.

Frontcountry Camping

Not to worry, if you’re not up for the challenge and are just looking to get out and explore the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, there are over 10 different frontcountry campgrounds offered throughout the Park. The National Park Service maintains developed campsites at each of their frontcountry camping locations that are all equipped with a fire grate, a picnic table, and every campground has restrooms with running water and flush toilets! Take note that there are no shower facilities on any of the campgrounds throughout the Park, so after you return to your cabin from a couple nights spent in the great outdoors, it’ll feel great to get cleaned up and dive into your comfy bed! Learn more about all of the frontcountry campgrounds that the Great Smoky Mountain National Park has to offer to make your stay in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge a memorable one.

Group Campgrounds

If you’re visiting with a large group, the Park has 7 different locations that accommodate group camping and where only tents are permitted. Another option to consider when booking your overnight camping trip in the smokies is the Jellystone Camp-Resort a stone’s throw away from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Here, family camping is a specialty and camping along a stream in the National Park offers a prime camping location. To escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, or to try something new, don’t hesitate to check out the Jellystone Camp-Resort!

Horse Camps

Finally, if you’re looking for an incredibly unique camping experience in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, there are 5 different drive-in horse camps that allow you to explore backcountry trails within the Park! The camps each offer a different experience and an overall adventure that many have never had the pleasure of experiencing before. Take the horse by the reigns and plan your horse camp trip!

Firewood Alert

The National Park Service takes great pride in providing all visitors with a safe and fun experience. Be sure that when you plan your overnight camping trip that you take the time to learn all of the regulations and safety precautions. The firewood alert effective in the national park prohibits visitors from bringing in firewood that may be from federal or state firewood quarantines. Destructive insects and diseases such as the Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Longhorned Beetle and Thousand Cankers Disease could be hiding in firewood brought in from outside of the park. These pests could devastate the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Save yourself the citation and the grief and purchase your firewood when you get to the park or gather your own from the dead, fallen wood in the park. Click here to learn more.

When you stay at one of our cabin rentals in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, we greatly encourage you to get out and explore the magnificent surrounding area. Once you’ve spent a night in the breathtaking wilderness of the Great Smoky Mountains, returning to your cozy cabin rental from Cabins For You will be the icing on the cake.