The pet-friendly Cataloochee Campground is located in the historic Cataloochee Valley, which is a more remote section of the Smoky Mountain National Park. While Cataloochee is close to all the scenic views, it’s often less crowded, making it a quiet place to camp. You can use the picnic tables and fire pits at your site and enjoy easy access to fly fishing on the Cataloochee Creek. Open from March to October, this campground provides 27 campsites for tents and RVs with driveways to accommodate motorhomes and trailers up to 31 feet long. The entrance road to Cataloochee Valley is narrow and windy, so it is not recommended for RVs longer than 31 feet or trailers longer than 25 feet.
Food and other scented items need to be kept in a bear-proof container or trunk because this is bear country. The park provides a food storage box for those without a hard-sided vehicle across from campsite two. There is a restroom with running water located at the western edge of the campground by campsite 19. Advanced reservations are required up to six months in advance.
Abrams Creek Campground
Along Abrams Creek with a beautiful mountainous backdrop, the Abrams Creek Campground is one of the most popular in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park but is secluded enough not to seem crowded, no matter how full it is. Open from April until October, 16 spacious campsites can accommodate small RVs and trailers up to 12 feet in length but do not have any utility hookups. Each site does have its own picnic table, campfire ring with a grill for cooking, and a large cleared area for sitting around the fire.
Because there are so many bears in the area, you must keep your food and other scented items in your car, preferably in the trunk or a bear-proof box. Restrooms are available just to the north of the campground between campsites 12 and 13. Pets are welcome, but they must be adequately restrained and supervised at all times during your visit. Reservations are required and can be made up to six months in advance.
Asheville West KOA
Some of the best that Appalachia has to offer can be found in and around Asheville, North Carolina. The Asheville West KOA in Candler is a convenient location just off I-40 for your next stay in the region. Just minutes from the Biltmore Estate as well as downtown Asheville, there is no shortage of fun or excitement when staying at the Asheville West KOA. The campground offers big rig-friendly RV pull-through sites that are large and level, as well as tent sites and cabins. Wi-Fi and cable TV allow you to stay connected, and the RV sites include 30-and 50-amp max hookups. Although the Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are both nearby, you can also take in beautiful views surrounded by flora and fauna in on-site nature trails easily accessible from any of the campsites. Other amenities at the campground include a pool, Kamping Kitchen, and a dog park. Firewood is available for purchase along with propane.
Townsend/Great Smokies KOA
Visit Townsend, TN for tubing, fly fishing at the Little River, or golfing at Laurel Valley. The Townsend/Great Smokies KOA can accommodate rigs up to 60 feet long on semi-sunny sites or heavily wooded and secluded sites featuring water and electric only or deluxe patio sites with full hookups, up to 50-amp service and a built-in firepit. Firewood and propane are available on-site. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. At the campground, go swimming in the pool or rent a bike to explore the area. Bring the pup! The campground offers a dog park on-site as well.
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA
The Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA campground puts you in the heart of everything, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, theme parks, plenty of live music, big-city attractions and amenities, nature and outdoor recreational activities, and more. The Pigeon Forge trolley picks up and drops off right at the campground, and the concierge desk provides information and facilitates ticket purchases. The campground itself has plenty to offer, including a heated pool and sauna, fishing and bike rentals, a pavilion, a dog park, recreational facilities and planned activities, a jumping pillow, a Kamping Kitchen, and a snack bar and café.
Newport/I-40/Smoky Mountains KOA
In the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Newport/I-40/Smoky Mountains KOA makes for a majestic visit filled with spectacular views and southern hospitality. A nature lover’s dream, it’s worth the visit to this region just to catch a sunset. Hit the trails and hike through Cherokee National Forest or enjoy the flavors and culture of the charming southern town. Newport/I-40/Smoky Mountains KOA also delivers on amenities such as cable TV, Wi-Fi, a swimming pool, and a dog park. Firewood and propane are available on-site for purchase, and pull-through sites can accommodate rigs up to 75 feet.
Murphy/Peace Valley KOA
The aptly named Murphy/Peace Valley KOA is a great place to stay if you are looking for a serene getaway with tons to see and do. You can enjoy the beautiful nearby natural sites like the Great Smoky Mountains and Valley River or live it up at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino. Delicious local cuisines, southern hospitality, and dynamic views make Murphy/Peace Valley KOA an ideal spot to stay. This KOA offers tons of amenities, like Wi-Fi, a swimming pool, cable TV, a dog park, and a stocked river for fishing. Sites can accommodate rigs up to 66 feet long and offer hookups with 50-amp service.
Clinton/Knoxville North KOA
Whether you’re here to visit the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville metro area, or the Great Smoky Mountains, Clinton/Knoxville KOA is conveniently located near them all. Even the biggest rigs can set up quickly with the access on and off the spacious and level pull-through RV sites. No RV? Then camp beneath the mountains in one of the sites for tents or in the convenience of one of the cabins. There’s also plenty to do at Clinton/Knoxville KOA, with the spacious pool and wading area for toddlers, exercise room, and playground area for kids and adults. The expanded kitchen and pavilion are adaptable for large groups and gatherings.
Gatlinburg East/Smoky Mountain KOA
If an easy walk to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is what you have in mind, then Cosby, Tennessee, makes for a perfect base. The Gatlinburg East/Smoky Mountain KOA connects right to the hiking trails of the Smokies and the many adventures it has to offer, like rafting and off-roading. Big rigs are welcome in 100-foot pull-through sites featuring deluxe patios with full hookups, up to 50-amp service, cable TV, and a fire pit. Cool off at the pool and keep warm by your campfire with firewood and propane available for purchase on-site. Pets are welcome too.
Cherokee/Great Smokies KOA
Cherokee/Great Smokies KOA, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, is in the heart of Cherokee tribal country and bordered on one side by the Raven Fork River and the other by three trout ponds that are perfect for fishing. Being near the Blue Ridge Parkway and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, this is the place to be for adventures. Outdoor activities near the campground include horseback riding, tubing rentals, zipline tours, and whitewater rafting. At Cherokee/Great Smokies KOA, you can enjoy the swimming pool, hot tub, dog park, pavilion, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and much more!
Open year-round, Smokemont Campground offers 142 spacious sites for trailers up to 35 feet long, and motorhomes up to 40 feet long. Each site has its own campfire ring with a grill for cooking, a picnic table that seats six, and a large cleared space for sitting around the fire. Since the campground has parking pads up to 40 feet in length for your RV, it is best to make a reservation in advance because some of the spots are a lot smaller.
There are seven restrooms with running water throughout the campground, and there are a campground office and ranger station in Section A at the entrance to the grounds. Wood, ice, and vending machines are located just outside the grounds by the riding stable and camp supply store. You can relax in this campground with stunning views of mountains and wildflowers with the Oconaluftee River nearby or take a hike on one of the nature trails. You can bring your pets too, but you must keep them restrained and supervise them during your stay.
Open all year long, Elkmont Campground has 220 sites available that can accommodate tents, trailers up to 32 feet long, and motorhomes up to 35 feet long. You can camp with a waterfront view of the Little River or Jakes Creek with easy access to hiking and fishing. The City of Elkmont is just nine miles from Gatlinburg, TN, where you can stock up on groceries and gas. This large campground features 12 restrooms with running water spaced out around the grounds for your convenience.
There is a camp supply store just south of the ranger station by campsite B2, where you can also find ice, wood, and vending machines. With all these campsites, you may not need a reservation, but if you are looking for a certain spot, it is best to reserve it early to make sure you get it. You can bring your pooch, but make sure you supervise them and keep them properly restrained while you are here.
Balsam Mountain Campground
The Balsam Mountain Campground is open from May to October, offering 46 sites for both tents and RVs. Balsam Mountain is the highest campground in the park, offering majestic views of mountains and lush hardwood forest. RVs up to 30 feet long can be accommodated, although there are no pull-offs, so RVs and trailers may use sites along the road. This campground provides picnic tables, fire grates, and an ample cleared space for hanging out around the campfire.
You can find a dishwashing station on the western side of the campground just past campsite 38. Restrooms with running water are available by campsite 32 and by the camp host’s campsite. The ranger station is at the entrance, and there is an amphitheater at the southern end of the campground where they have activities during the summer. You are required to make reservations and can be done so up to six months in advance. Dogs and cats are welcome as long as they are supervised and properly restrained at all times.