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Camping in the Smokies

There are small, family run campgrounds and larger facilities too. Most have full hookups as well as tent sites. Some campgrounds have cabins and camping cabins. You can even stay in a yurt!  And please don’t bring your own firewood. Here’s why.

Find a Bryson City campground for your next getaway. Search by name and by amenities. Click on thumbnails to enlarge.

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  • Big Bear’s RV Park

    Located on Deep Creek, Big Bear's RV Park features creekside sites in a quiet, relaxing, family friendly location! Large spacious sites, big rig accessible, and easy access with pull thru sites available. Full hook-ups (water, sewer, 30/50 Amp Electric, Wifi). Conveniently located approximately 1 mile from downtown Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Open year round.
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  • Timberlake Campground

    At Timberlake Campground, our goal is for you to feel comfortable and at home every time you return. Our season runs from May 1st to November 1st. Our campground has everything you need on site to have a great time in the Smokies; separate fishing and swimming ponds, boating, hiking trail, clean restrooms, hot showers, laundry, electricity, water, disposal station, spacious and wooded sites, and even a rental cabin that sleeps 4!    
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  • P & J Campground and Cabin Rental

    P & J Campground and Cabin Rental is a small, quiet campground bordered by Deep Creek and only 5 minutes from downtown Bryson City and a half mile to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Featuring 10 campsites with full RV hook up as well as a 2 bedroom, 1 bath cabin available on the property. Bath house on site.
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  • Fort Wilderness Campground

    Located in Cherokee, North Carolina, our family-friendly facilities include 130 sites on ten acres in the Great Smoky Mountains. Convenient to U.S. 441, but far off the beaten path, you'll find quiet and solitude, with plenty of facilities and amenities to make your Great Smokies vacation a memorable one! Convenient and close to many activities and attractions including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, trophy fishing, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, shopping and dining, Harrah's Cherokee Casino, and more.
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  • Camp Tuck- Private Campsite

    Camp Tuck - Private Campsite. One of a kind private campsite on the beautiful Tuckaseegee River. No other campers, just you, the river, and the beauty of nature. Full hookup, 30 & 50 amp. Class A, B, and C motor homes only, up to 30 ft max. No 5th wheels or travel trailers.
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  • Deep Creek Tube Ctr & Campg’d

    50 campsites nestled in the Deep Creek valley with view of the mountains and the soothing sounds of Deep Creek. Full hook-ups, 30 or 50 amp and primitive sites. 1 mile from the GSMNP. Tubing, camp store, trout fishing, volleyball, laundry, playground, and 2 clean bathhouses on site. Open April-November.
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  • Kirkland Creek Campground and Cabins

    At a cool 2,300-foot elevation, our campground is nestled in a shady grove of trees beside the sparkling Kirkland Creek, just 10 minutes from Bryson City. We have what you're looking for in a smoky mountain camping, cabin or RV experience — tent sites with water and electric, RV full hookups, and well-equipped cabins with all the comforts of home. Enjoy our swimming pool, playground, picnic tables and fire-rings, and a fully stocked trout pond.
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  • Cherokee KOA Resort

    Resort camping on the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee with over 35 deluxe camping cabins and 400 sites. Featuring two swimming pools, onsite trout fishing, free shopping and casino shuttle to Cherokee, outdoor movies, tubing, horseback riding, weekend entertainment and more.
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  • Nantahala Tiny Homes and RV Park

    Enjoy a peaceful time camping by a small flowing creek with a beautiful mountain backdrop. Located in the Nantahala Gorge, you are only minutes away from whitewater rafting and zip lining, as well as boating and fishing on Fontana Lake, and world class mountain biking at the Tsali Recreation Area. Tiny homes, tent sites, RV sites.
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  • Gorgeous Stays LLC

    Gorgeous Stays offers a unique selection of differently themed and decorated tiny homes, vacation rentals, glamping tents and campsites located in the scenic Nantahala Gorge. Envisioned by a creative mother and daughter team, Gorgeous Stays has everything you need for an unforgettable stay in the Great Smokies!
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  • Country Girls RV Park

    Conveniently located only 1/4 of a mile from the Swain County Event Park and on the bank of the Tuckaseegee River, our quiet campground offers 55 large RV sites each with a riverside deck, fire ring and picnic table, tent sites, large, clean bathhouse, and easy access to either Bryson City or Cherokee via US 19 or Hwy 74 West.
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  • Hide Away Campground

    Come relax in the mountains at the Hide Away Campground. Centrally located on US Hwy 19 between Bryson City and Cherokee with 18 full hookups, remote tenting, and fifth wheel and camper rental on site. We also offer hot showers, laundry room, a pool and wireless internet access. And don't forget our lodge which houses up to sixty and is perfect for family reunions, youth groups, and more!
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  • Tumbling Waters Campground

    Located on Panther Creek, 1-1/2 miles off NC 28, between Bryson City and Fontana Dam. Open March 1st to December 1st. All sites have full hookups for electric, water and sewer. Hot showers and clean restrooms available for all campers. Volleyball court, horseshoe pit, pavilion with full kitchen and coin laundry. Outdoor Trout farm. Free pole, bait and cleaning! Trout $5.00 per pound.
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  • Smoky Mountain Meadows Campground

    Conveniently located between Bryson City and the Nantahala River, and Tsali Recreation Area. Quiet mountainside camping offering 30 and 50 amp pull through sites, group camping areas, hammock sites, tent sites and cabins by the creek. All sites include picnic table and fire ring. Clean bath house.
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  • Crisp Boat Dock & Campground

    Established boat dock on Fontana Lake now offering camper RV campsites for long-term rental, overnight rental, and annual rental. Long range views and wooded sites, open March through December.
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  • Please Do Not Bring Your Own Firewood

    This video explains why…

    What’s your camping style?

    Even though our Western North Carolina campgrounds are “away from it all,” you’ll find yourself close to all the things there are to do in the Smoky Mountains. Go for a hike, ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. But if you just want to hang out at the campground, you’re likely to find swimming pools, campfires, volleyball, tubing, even trout fishing.

    Some Bryson City campgrounds are open year-round, some seasonally. And if you want to bring along the family pet, there’s a Bryson City pet-friendly campground that you both will love.

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    210 Main Street
    P.O. Box 509
    Bryson City, NC 28713

    Karen Proctor
    Executive Director

    828-488-3681

    877-472-1681

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