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Great camp sites surrounded by a beautiful river. Great location for those interested in being in easy driving distance to most of the park's attractions.
The camp store was reasonably priced with great service.
Located near Gatlinburg (20 mins away, a trolley goes from the campground to the town), lots of hiking close by. Toilets are older but functional. Sites having plenty of space between them. There is also a Concession shop with firewood, ice cream etc. For RVers...More
This is a great get away camping place for you to enjoy. It is just a short distance form Townsend or Gatlinburg. Has a store, old homes to visit a story telling at night. One of our favorite places.
Have to make reservations well in...More
We had this trip planned forever. Arrived on 9/9 (after a horrendous traffic jam in Pigeon Forge due to a car show) in the early evening. Office was already closed so we just headed to our reserved site and unpacked a few things and enjoyed...More
My son and I were in the mood for camping, and he selected Elkmont, having been there earlier in the year. It was my first time. We had a site next to the river, and that made our stay near-perfect; the river acted as a...More
Drove thru there last year on the Friday after Thanksgiving and there were several campers. One thing that surprised me was the park was packed with visitors. If you want to go to Laurel Falls or another area other than in... More
Drove thru there last year on the Friday after Thanksgiving and there were several campers. One thing that surprised me was the park was packed with visitors. If you want to go to Laurel Falls or another area other than in Elkmont then you might want to go early. I'm not sure about the camp store hours although I saw one comment that sounded like they had been there before and it was open. I was there again for the fireflies this year and ice at the store was $2.50 but being "off season" things may very well go up and store hours shortened. As for firewood you can get USDA approved bundles at the Food City grocery stores for $4.99 and I've seen it at the Tractor Supply stores for $3.99. One observation is that sometimes it the Tractor Supply wood is/has been wet and starting to rot (may only be my local store). I did get some good bundles there so just be sure to look 'em over. Also, the Park Service web site has links to other vendors in the area. The campground restrooms are clean with an ample supply of toilet paper but I always take a couple of rolls just in case. I don't recall seeing any hand soap. I have encountered a hand dryer in the restrooms that didn't work so you might want to take a few paper towels with you till you figure it out. Also there is a utility sink outside at the restrooms for washing dishes. It is cold water so don't be surprised. Not sure how much you know about Elkmont but it is flat and easy walking. There are a few trails that you can take. I enjoy waking up to the old cabins and looking around. Spence Cabin to the left is a great restoration of one of the cabins. If you go to the end of them along Jakes Creek there is a bridge that crosses so you can make a loop around and see pretty much the whole campground. I'm sure that was confusing so pull up the Elkmont campground map (or on Google maps) and hopefully you'll see what I'm sadly trying to describe.
One more thing. Read up on all the bear country storage requirements. They will make sure you understand these requirements when you check in. I saw them confiscate two group site's coolers one year for leaving them out unattended. They had a pickup truck full of coolers. It's somewhere around a $75 fine, or more to get them back so they are serious about this regulation.
We did not have any cell service while at the campground. In fact, we did not have service most of the time we were in the national park. When we did it was very limited. For good reliable service we went to Gatlinburg or... More
We did not have any cell service while at the campground. In fact, we did not have service most of the time we were in the national park. When we did it was very limited. For good reliable service we went to Gatlinburg or Townsend.