Elkmont Campground

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

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Elkmont Campground

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  • Phone for emergency calls are located at the entrance of the campground. - Elkmont Campground
  • Don't forget...you're in bear country. Store food properly. - Elkmont Campground
  • A small campground store and snack spot is located at the entrance of the campground. - Elkmont Campground
  • Elkmont Campground provides plenty of shade and river access to keep you cool in the summer. - Elkmont Campground
  • Typical campsite at Elkmont Campground.- Elkmont Campground
  • Elkmont Campground entrance.- Elkmont Campground
  • Camping under a sea of spring green.- Elkmont Campground
  • Relax in the shade with the family and then explore the area.- Elkmont Campground
  • Elkmont Campground.- Elkmont Campground
  • Pop up the tent, start a fire, and wait for the fireflies to begin their show. - Elkmont Campground
  • Little River Trail in the Elkmont Campground area is the perfect trail to take a walk with the families. - Elkmont Campground
  • The Troll Bridge is located in Elkmont and is a popular spot to explore with the locals. This spot is filled with fireflies in May and June. - Elkmont Campground
  • The Little River flows beside Elkmont Campground, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.- Elkmont Campground
  • A wild turkey near Elkmont Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.- Elkmont Campground
  • A site beside the water in Elkmont Campground, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.- Elkmont Campground
  • The Little River from Elkmont Campground, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.- Elkmont Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
History. River access. Wildflowers. Trail access.
Cons: 
Crowds.
Alerts: 
Due to construction projects and demolition work in the Elkmont Historic District, just outside of the Elkmont Campground, visitors should expect increased construction traffic on the Little River Road and Elkmont Campground Entrance Road on weekdays through May 2017. Campers may encounter some distant construction noise on weekdays during daylight hours from June through September 2017 as preservation work continues in the historic district.
Region:
Smoky Mountains, TN
Managed by: 
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
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Elkmont Campground is located just 8 miles from Gatlinburg inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The campground is the largest and busiest campground in the park. However, it is surrounded by extensive history, river access, hiking trails and is also home to world famous synchronized fireflies.

In the past the historical district of Elkmont was a pioneer community, a location for heavy logging, and even a vacation resort for the elite from nearby cities. Explore Elkmont today and you'll find many clues to all of the above - some hidden, some out in the open. It is said by the locals that you can still hear the laughter of the children that played along the river and spent summer nights catching fireflies. The campground offers 211 campsites and a small camp store where you can pick up a few items, pay $1 to charge your electronics, or just simply grab a drink before heading out to explore the park. Looking to find balance between nature and city life? Take a trip into Gatlinburg, a city that is now thriving after tragic wildfires in the winter of 2016. You'll find the Nantahala Outdoor Center filled with outdoor gear, sharks in the Ripley's Aquarium, a chair lift to the top of the mountain, and funnel cakes on every corner. To connect with nature in Elkmont, take a trip up Jakes Creek or Little River.  Roam Daisy Town or seek out the previous site of the Wonderland Hotel to get a glimpse into the past. If you're visiting in late May or early June, keep an out for a phenomenal experience: Just as the sun starts to set and the Smoky Mountain sky becomes a show like no other, millions of fireflies appear synchronized  and light up the darkness. Regardless of when or how you experience Elkmont and the Elkmont Campground, one thing is certain: You will leave with a taste of Smoky Mountain magic.

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