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Gatlinburg's Top Three Campgrounds in Gatlinburg, TN


Although Gatlinburg has many fantastic hotels, inns, and resorts, sometimes it's refreshing to camp out during your vacation, and with so much Smoky Mountain scenery in Gatlinburg, camping proves to be a fantastic option in this area.


 If you would like to get more in touch with nature during your Gatlinburg vacation, below are the top three campgrounds in Gatlinburg.




Great Smoky Mountain National Park


  • Location: 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg


Great Smoky Mountain National Park has the following camping options:


  • Back Country Camping — These campsites are located at the back of the park, and the only way to get to them is by hiking. This type of camping is ideal for those looking to go on long, scenic walks through the park's beautiful trails.

  • Frontcountry Camping — Located more in the front of the park, these developed campgrounds are close to the park's parking lots. All sites here are complete with picnic tables, fire grates, cold running water, and flush toilets. Some of the campgrounds within frontcountry camping allow RVs.

  • Group Camping — These larger campsites are perfect for groups of eight or more. These sites only permit tents and not RVs or trailers.

  • Horse Camps — At these campsites, campers are welcome to bring their horses. These sites have hitch racks, and auto-access sites have picnic tables, grills, and parking spaces. One of the campsites within the horse camps have flush toilets and cold running water, while the others have portable toilets and no running water.




  • Bicycling

  • Fishing

  • Hiking

  • Visiting historic buildings (homes, barns, churches, schools, and grist mills)

  • Horseback riding

  • Picnicking

  • Wildlife, Wildflower, and Waterfall Viewing


Nearby Activities



Twin Creek RV Resort


  • Location: 1202 East Parkway, Gatlinburg


This campground is exclusively for RVs, but cabins are also available for rent. Many of the RV sites are located by streams, giving the sites not only a peaceful atmosphere but also great scenery. The cabins have one bedroom with a loft, open porches, air conditioning, a bathroom, and kitchen. As a guest at Twin Creek RV Resort, you'll also have access to a trolley service that can take you to downtown Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Dollywood.




  • 20, 30, 50 amp hook-ups

  • Paved roads

  • Camping supplies and grocery store

  • Large decks with benches

  • Fire rings

  • Grills

  • Cable TV

  • RV repair services

  • Free wifi

  • Wood available for campfires

  • Laundry facilities

  • Ice available

  • Shower facilities

  • On-site Playground

  • On-site Arcade


Nearby Activities


  • Horseback Riding

  • Outlet Shopping

  • Dollywood

  • Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies


Crazy Horse Campground & RV Resort


  • Location: 4609 East Parkway, Gatlinburg


Crazy Horse Campground has 200 campsites set on 25 acres, all accommodating tents, RVs, and cabins. This campground is located right across from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, so you'll be just minutes away from great activities in the Smoky Mountains.




  • Laundry facilities

  • Seasonally heated swimming pool

  • Playground

  • Grocery Store

  • Game Room

  • Free Internet connection

  • RV and camping supplies available


Campground Activities


  • Fishing Pond with Rainbow Trout

  • 500 foot water slide

  • Watching productions at the Jack Tales Theatre

  • Basketball

  • Volleyball

  • Shuffleboard

  • Horseshoes

  • Summer Day Camp

  • Hiking trails


Nearby Activities


  • Black Bear Jamboree Dinner Show

  • Country Tonite

  • Blackwood Breakfast Variety Show

  • The Comedy Barn

  • Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies
Great aquarium--best we have visited. The exhibits were fun, interesting, everything was perfect. We will definitely be going back to visit on our next trip to gatlinburg.
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-- Mary McNairy - Athens, AL
Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies
What a great place. I would recommend it to anyone. The staff was great.
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-- Opal Haverich - New London, MO
Country Tonite
I live not far from the show, and never get tired of it. I always recommend, and accompany friends and family from out of town. I always go several times a year, and there is always something new. Great job everyone!
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-- Derek - Dandridge, TN
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