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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
My husband and i have been to pigeon forge for our honeymoon and our 1st anniversary. We decided to come down for our 2nd anniversary this july and go to dollywood. It was our first visit to dollywood and we had a great time. We really enjoyed the different shows we attended including the kingdom heirs quartet. They had a young man who is 15 years old playing the piano and he was great along with the quartet. It was just great! We both needed to use the powerwheel chair's to get around such a big place and they we fantastic for transportation around the park. The staff we talked with were all great too! Thanks for making our 1st trip to dollywood so nice!
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-- Kelly Simpson - Huntington, WV
We have been going to pigeon forge since i was a child & i'm now 43 years old. I now take my grandchildren as my parents took my children all these years. It is the best environment for kids my yougest daughter is now 21 & she will tell you dollywood & pigeon forge is her favor vacation spot. If you haven't gone take your family you will enjoy the atmosphere.
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-- Tracy Paves - Port Huron Mi
Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, TN
We had a wonderful time at dollywood. It is a lot more slow paced than disney! I brought my 3 year old grandson and his parents for a vacation this past june. He talked for weeks that mamaw and ethan were going to ride the train, wooo, wooo! He was so excited and it was everything he had hoped for. The guys were awesome with him and we got pictures. As they are going back in september i got them season passes. I just wish i could be there to see him and his parents have another great time.
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-- Linda - Bowling Green, KY
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