Cades Cove Campground

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

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Cades Cove Campground


  • Tent time in Cades Cove. - Cades Cove Campground
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known as the salamander capital of the world, making the Smoky Mountain story "Salamander Ball" a perfect campfire story! - Cades Cove Campground
  • Cades Cove Campground offers plenty of shade on a hot summer day. - Cades Cove Campground
  • After wrapping up a Smoky Mountain sunset on Cades Cove Loop, get the campfire started and relax as night falls.  - Cades Cove Campground
  • Reading the Salamander Ball under a Smoky Mountain starry sky is a memory they'll never forget. - Cades Cove Campground
  • With over 150 sites, Cades Cove Campground offers a variety of spots to choose from.- Cades Cove Campground
  • Cades Cove Campground in the spring. - Cades Cove Campground
  • Cades Cove Campground has multiple restrooms, but none of the campgrounds in the park offer shower houses. - Cades Cove Campground
  • Campsites in Cades Cove offer solitude while also giving you the security of being close to others. Waves to your neighbor and a chat as you pass by can make the campground itself feel like a community. - Cades Cove Campground
  • While camping in Cades Cove, be certain to store food properly and dispose of trash in the proper trash cans. After all, you are in bear country.- Cades Cove Campground
Overview + Weather
Access to Cades Cove Loop. Bike rentals. Camp store. Horseback riding.
Smoky Mountains, TN
Managed by: 
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
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Campground Description

Campground Description


The Cades Cove Campground is one of the most popular campgrounds in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The campground is surrounded by a variety of activities to fill your time in the mountains. Located next to the Cades Cove Loop, the campground has easy access to the 11-mile trip around the valley. At the camp store you'll find souvenirs, a grill, snacks, the best ice cream cones in Tennessee, and any camping supplies that you may need.

Directly next to the store you'll find the bike rental shop. You can rent bikes daily for less than $10 a hour - a perfect way to explore the Cades Cove Loop! Between May 10 and September 27, the road is closed to vehicles on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10 a.m., so this is an excellent time to rise from camp early and soak up a Smoky Mountain morning safely. The Cades Cove Stables are also located directly beside the camping area, and the stables offer guided trail rides, carriage rides and guided hayrides.

The area gives you access to many trails, including the Cades Cove Nature Trail, which is perfect for families wanting to try out hiking or just explore some of the local flora and fauna. Keep in mind while camping in the area and in the park that you are in black bear country. Be bear aware at all times, use proper trash cans, store food correctly, and respect their home. Observing the black bears of Cades Cove is a memory that will last for a lifetime, just do it with respect and love. Camping with young children? Pick up a copy of the Salamander Ball to read by the campfire. It's the perfect recipe for your children to wake up from a dream about being a Junior Ranger, and we can never have too many stewards of the Smokies - young or old. 

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