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Ela Campground & Country Store

Bryson City, North Carolina


5100 US-19
Bryson City, North Carolina 28713
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Sites: 120
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.44926
Longitude: -83.38581

Elevation: 1798' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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8 Reviews

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2019 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Lovely owners, old dated park, with lots of potential. We camped at Ela Campground & Country Store in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Do not park under the Walnut trees. A Walnut drop and went through our awning.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here from the end of August 2016 until the beginning of January 2017. Top notch owners are the salt of the earth. Usually you could find someone to help you with whatever you needed help with, the long-termers are very friendly and welcoming. It's an older park so it had a few plumbing and drainage issues. The pool was very cold when we tried to use it the week before it closed for the season. We found the atmosphere to be very relaxed. We would stay here again. We camped at Ela Campground & Country Store in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A45
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Within daytrip distance to Gatlinburg Cherokee and Asheville. Learn to cook in your RV there's not much for restaurants nearby.

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Review Count: 244
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Most of the campground is taken up with permanent residents. Some of the permanents are pretty run down. Friendly staff. Wi-Fi works only at the store. Good cable TV. OK place to stay if you don't plan on being in the campground all the time. We camped at Ela Campground & Country Store in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Oh yes! The staff (owners?) were very frendly and helpful indeed. This place is an older campground filled with mostly long-term residents. Very many of them with attachments (more like roots) indicating YEARS of being here. This place is more sow's ear than silk purse. I was placed in a refurbished area (on one of the very FEW pull through sites) and so had 50 amp service. Allowing for mountains and distance from the city I had almost NO Verizion cell service: but was able to use the WiFi. There were several "choke points" (including the main entrance) for larger rigs and a place or two, too tight for much more than a pop-up. I fouled some overhead phone lines while exiting and driving through one of those choke points. The place is somewhat poorly laid out as it seems to have grown in stages over the years. There are too many other places in the area to claim use just for convienence, but in line w/ the general "pricyness" of the area and time of year. Not really sure I would return or suggest others stay. We camped at Ela Campground & Country Store in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

From the time I called to make a reservation, I could tell by the woman's voice that this was where I wanted to be. It is a laid back, country campground with a family atmosphere. It is not the newest, does not have a great view of the mountains, and yes some of the sites were a little muddy due to the rain they had the night before, but when we asked to move the lady was very apologetic and allowed us to change sites with no problem. We enjoyed tubing for 5 bucks a tube, we swam in the pool, the kids played on their little playground and in the game room, they enjoyed the basketball goal, they had an ice cream social for the children, karaoke for the grown ups, and everyone was very pleasant and kind. They treat you like family and my children cried when it was time to go. We really appreciate the chance to get away from it all and not be nickle and dimed like the big fancy campgrounds can do. So if you are not looking for the biggest, fanciest place to camp in the mountains, just want to go camping, then this is the place. We camped at Ela Campground & Country Store in a Tent.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

The Smokies are a wonderful place to visit and camp and this park is right smack in the center of everything to do on the North Carolina side. The property is an older park that is neat and well keep. Most riverfront sites have seasonal units permanently in place with cool river decks, so only a few of those are available for short term visits. The park does have several decks with walk downs to the river that are large with plenty of room-close to all the sites. The staff is friendly and very accommodating-you feel like family. We'll be back! We camped at Ela Campground & Country Store in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Most sites for traveling RVers are small. Sites were very muddy in the week long rain we had. Staff was very friendly and very laid back. Free Wi-Fi and free cable (only a few channels). Lots of people with year long sites with makeshift covers. Not the most attractive campground but for the $10 night (Passport America), free Wi-Fi (great signal from site), free cable and close to attractions in the area - it can't be beat. Fishing in river on campground is possible without a license. We camped at Ela Campground & Country Store in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Sites are very small. Most sites occupied with year long residents. Available sites to travelers are beside the road. Very noisy. Neighbors are loud. First morning neighbor was talking with a buddy at 5:30 a.m. We left on Labor Day and that morning (7 a.m.) workers were putting up a metal shelter over a travel trailer. Well centralized to attractions. Would not stay there again. We camped at Ela Campground & Country Store in a Tent Trailer.

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