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Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground)

Townsend, Tennessee


10042 Campground Dr
Townsend, Tennessee 37882
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Sites: 159
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.60309
Longitude: -83.77666

Elevation: 1899' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access ?
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot no
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access no

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Cades Cove is always a beautiful place to get away. Enjoyed driving the loop road and sewing the wildlife. We were in the section that allows generators and some folks ran theirs almost a day-a situation that detracts from the beauty and peace of the campground. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B80
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Always enjoy driving the 11 mile loop! Lots of wildlife to see as well as the old home places and churches.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2019 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This is a crowded National Park campground. Sites close together, in wooded area. Our Site #C-74 was difficult to back in to as it is at a 90 degree angle to the road. Also, our site strangely had the fire pit and picnic table on the wrong side of the spur. The C loop is generator free. Campground is very quite after 10 pm. Pay attention to the rules about leaving out food. Our neighbors didn't, and we had a bear visit at 2:30 a.m. Not a big rig friendly campground, and the road into the park is narrow and winding. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C74
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Cades Cove drive was very crowded, bumper to bumper cars at 5 miles an hour around the entire 11 mile loop. During the summer, they close it to vehicular traffic on Wed/Sat mornings until 10 a.m. allowing for a peaceful bike ride or hike. The Abrams Falls hike was nice. The Alum Cave/LeConte Mountain hike is spectacular.

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice CG in Smokey Mountain National Park. No hookups, No Cell, No OTA, No Dish. Water and Dump Station inside CG. We were in site B79 - which was level. Generous generator hours (8pm-8am). There is a town called Townsend with an IGA Supermarket (and Redbox) about 20 minutes away. There is also a nice CG Store with and ice cream counter. The Cades Coves 11 Mile Loop road starts right outside the CG and is a must do. It can take a couple hours to drive the road and stop at a lot of the sites. There is also a real nice hiking trail (Abrahm Falls) about 1/2 around the Loop. Plenty of Wild Turkeys and Deer in CG and on the Loop. Very friendly CG Staff! We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B79
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed in B85 campsite for 4 nights. If there is a better place to camp, tell me where. It was the most peaceful and quiet place I have ever been. They have poured concrete on some pads, some are still broken asphalt, but it isn't the broken down look of a few years back. Looks like it is moving in a new direction. Shade and wildlife were abundant. Very clean and the park staff were truly nice and helpful. Bike the loop on Wednesdays and Saturdays, no cars allowed until 10a.m. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B85
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Take what you need, but try the burgers and ice cream at the campstore. Bike the loop, rental bikes available.

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

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Great Smoky Mountains NP is a wonderful park! This campground is located in a very popular location there called Cades Cove which has a lot of historic structures within a 10-mile, single-lane loop adjacent to the campground. The campground is rather tidy and most of the sites have enough space so you don't feel too crowded. C Loop is generator-free, which we appreciated. No services other than bathrooms. The bathroom near our site was kind of clean but needed to be hosed down because it stunk to high-heaven! Made my eyes burn from the urine smell (I kept propping the door open to air it out!). Nice gift/snack shop but you'll need to get groceries in Townsend which is a 20-minute drive from the campground. Now, about the Cades Cove driving loop... the beauty is somewhat ruined by the barely-moving traffic. If one drives selfishly doesn't move over when they see wildlife it stops it up for everyone. Highly recommend riding a bicycle on Sunday or Wednesday morning when the loop is car free! By the way, there may be only one dump station but it has three bays. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C-63
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Grocery shopping in Townsend. Ride a bike on Cades Cove loop during no-cars mornings, if possible (bicycle rentals are available).

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

This is my second visit within the last 5 years. Both times was during the winter months in camp area C. During my visit there were only 12 other campsites that were occupied. The campground is dry camping only and has no cell service. The only way to communicate with the outside world is by using the pay phones at the ranger station. There is only 1 dump station available which I believe would cause a real traffic jam during the summer months when both the B & C loops are open. If you enjoy hiking, fishing or biking this is the place to be. The bathroom was clean and heated but no hot water or shower is available. The scenic loop is nice and you actually see wild life (mostly deer). My site was large enough for my 33 foot fiver but was a challenge to back it in due to the narrow loop road. For larger units, good luck. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Section C site 59
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Great area for hiking. You can bike the scenic loop (approx. 9 miles in length) but you will be sharing a narrow road with lots of cars. A shorter and easier bike loop is Sparks Lane (approx. 3 miles in length). I believe they close the loop to car traffic in the AM on Saturdays.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

37' travel trailer. We arrived on a Wednesday and most spots in the generator loop were taken and we had a hard time getting our truck trailer in. Thin roads and uneven spots. In fact, the 8 miles of windy road leading to the campground made the skyline drive of Shenadoah look like a 3 lane expressway. We stayed a single night and left. The rangers were nice enough and the area is beautiful, but we wouldn't try this again with anything other than a tent. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Our site, one of the last left when we reserved online, did not work out for us at all. C74 is rated for RVs up to 34 feet, however it is a narrow site between trees and perpendicular to the narrow campground road, resulting in a very difficult back-in process. No utilities, of course. The picnic table and fire ring were on the wrong side of the site, for an RV... Nice tent pad, but that's of no value for an RV.... We wouldn't stay here again. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C74
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Cades Cove 11 mile driving loop was bumper-to-bumper when we drove it at 4pm on a weekday in September. There are supposed to be some good hiking trails, which we didn't have time to check out. No Verizon or other cellular service and the forest canopy prevents satellite access, so plan on being off the grid while here. Townsend, 9 miles down the narrow park access road offers the nearest amenities, including grocery and hardware stores and several commercial RV parks.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

If you come to Cades Cove Campground in the heart of the Smoky Mountains and you are not prepared, then don't blame the park or the rangers or the bears. There is NO sewer or water or electric at the individual sites and there is no Wi-Fi or cable TV or cell service. But then who comes to the Smokey Mountains to watch television or stream movies? If you do, then you are missing one of the wonders of the world. Yes, we filled our fresh water tank the day before we arrived, and dumped the gray and black tanks at the commercial campground the night before. We made sure the single 12 volt battery on the trailer was fully charged and the gas bottles topped off. And then we had fun with nature! We were there for three nights during the week prior to Memorial Day so it was almost like we had the campground to ourselves. It was exceptionally quiet and very peaceful. And the folks we spoke to were there for the same reason as we...to see nature at its best. The restrooms were clean and very usable. Yes, the site we chose took a little maneuvering to get our 24 foot travel trailer backed in, but this is not the place you want to bring your 50 foot mega camper. Unfortunately we didn't see any bears in the campground, but on our last evenings cruise around the loop road, we saw mothers and their cubs, deer, turkeys, a fox, and a coyote. That's what camping in Cades Cove is all about. We would return in a heart-beat. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
c-74
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Turn off your cell phones, I-pads, and whatever other electronic equipment you carry with you and enjoy nature.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

We chose the non-generator "C" loop. Our particular site, C-20, was paved with concrete. Our 27' travel trailer fit in the pad but the truck didn't. The pad was just wide enough to park them side by side but it took some finesse to get them both in there. The pads are perpendicular to the street and thus hard to back into. The interior roads were rough. Big rigs best go elsewhere. We loved the metal picnic table and the fire can. We had one of the few concrete pads. Most other sites were best suited for tents or pop-ups. We hardly used the bath house. It had no shower and only one stall. It was clean but the smell was not fresh. We were disappointed that there are no trails in the park that allow dogs on leash. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C-20
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The highlight of our 3-day stay was the evening (just before sunset) drives in the Cades Cove Loop. By that time the city dwellers are mostly gone and the traffic is mostly your fellow campers.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Cade's Cove CG is a nice but very busy CG. Lots of campers/tents packed together fairly tightly. Not like a commercial CG, but fairly tight. Still had a good time, but you need to know that the sites are not super spacious. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C52
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The Cade's Cove loop drive is beautiful, but you need to time it right or you are just looking at the back of the car in front of you. We rode bikes about 11 AM and it literally was like we were in game-day traffic at a stadium for most of the loop. Bumper to bumper traffic. They have 2 mornings a week that are only open to bikes, but that ended the week before we went unfortunately. Go early in the morning before the drivers from Gatlinburg have time to get there.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a large campground near the Cades Cove Loop Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains Park. It has NO CELL service at all, but is a beautiful getaway, with loads of families and scouting groups enjoying the park. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The Cades Cove Loop trail is exquisitely beautiful and is closed to cars Wednesday and Saturday mornings. We rode bikes around the loop on Saturday morning, thoroughly enjoying the glorious meadows, wildflowers, and even spotting seven bears. Knowing that we had limited time to ride the narrow road with bikes, we drove the loop later during the day to check out the historical churches, cabins, mills, etc. on our second pass.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Primitive camping with a big helping of nature. There are no showers, no electricity, no cell phone service. They do have bathrooms, which due to high traffic are never very clean. The place is pretty crowded. All this is made more than tolerable by the beauty of the park, the many things to do, and the abundance of wildlife. We saw deer, coyotes, rabbits, even a bear. Will definitely be returning. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Tips for other Campers:

If you like to hike, do the round trip to Abrams Falls. It's about 5 miles and it's beautiful!

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

I have mixed feelings about this campground. It is in the middle of the forest yet there was lots of traffic coming through the area to drive the circle around the campground.

Our site was smallish but adequate. The site had not been blown off and so there was lots of leaves and tree debris, looked unkept. The worst part to us was the cement logs and barriers along the road, the sides of the sites and the back of the sites. I think this deters from the ambiance of the park as well as making it difficult to park into some sites.

It has no services so we brought our own water tank full, empty gray and black tanks and a generator. We also came w a full refrigerator and freezer as a large grocery is not convenient.

The circle road is only closed to traffic on Wed/Sat early mornings. I think it should be closed more for bike traffic, suggest Sun. There were a great many bikers when we were there, along w many walkers. The Visitors center is half way around and does not have any drinks so make sure you have your own with you. With all the stops we made, seeing historic cabins and other sites, it took us about 3 hours to do the loop, getting off just as auto traffic was approaching. More info in tips... We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

We enjoyed our bike ride on the 11 mi. circle around the park on Sat morning before the cars are allowed on the circle. It is narrow and I would not even try to bike there when the cars are allowed. The circle road is fine but do know there are some killer hills. We saw a bear very near us as we neared the end of our trip. That was exciting.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed one night this time (we have been here many times). July was just too hot for us in a motorhome. We stay in a 40 foot Motorhome and there are only a few sites we can fit in. The one that was available was in near full sun all day and the temps were in the 90's. We had to seek a campground with hookups this time. I think we would have been able to stay longer if we would have fit on a different site. The campground is one of our all time favorites. It has no hookups and no showers, but a stay here is well worth the primitive nature of the campground. Wildlife (deer, turkey, and an occasional bear wander through the campground. We have met the nicest campers here and made some lasting friends from across the country. The Cades Cove Loop Road is the major attraction, but the entire Smokey Mountain National Park is available for your enjoyment. We will stay here again. We camped at Cades Cove Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4A
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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