BIG CREEK HORSE CAMP, NC

Pack up your horses for a getaway at Big Creek Horse Camp, located on far northeastern side of Smoky Mountains National Park, approximately 16 miles from Newport, Tennessee. This campsite sits along the gently rolling waters of Big Creek and offers miles of horse trails with breathtaking...
Status: Open through Sun Oct 26 2014   Season Dates

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  • Bear Habitat!!
    • All food and items used to store or prepare food, including coolers and horse feed, MUST be stored in the trunk or cab of your vehicles at all times when not in use.
    • Dispose of garbage immediately in bear-proof dumpsters.
    • This rule is strictly enforced!


  • Firewood Quarantines are in effect!
    • The possession of any firewood originating from any location for which a federal or state firewood quarantine is in effect is prohibited. The movement of firewood into the park from counties adjacent to the park for which a federal or state quarantine is in place is prohibited even if the quarantine allows for movement within the county.
    • Firewood which bears a USDA or a state certificate or which is purchased from a park concessionaire is allowed.
    • The National Park Service STRONGLY discourages the movement of firewood from one location to another.
    • This rule is strictly enforced!
    • Proposed Regulation Change: The Park is proposing to allow only USDA or state certified heat-treated wood to be brought into the park for campground fires beginning in March 2015. More details are available on the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/firewood-alert.htm.
    • Help protect the park and chose to bring only heat-treated wood on your next visit!

  • There are no showers or electric, water or sewer hook-ups in the park.
  • Quiet hours are in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Generator use is restricted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Fires are allowed in fire rings only.
  • A reservation is required for all horse camps and you must have a horse to camp here. A maximum of 6 people and 4 horses may occupy a campsite. All horses must be accompanied by a negative Coggins test. The park stay limit is 14 consecutive days.
  • Stalls are provided but may not be visible from your campsite. Check the site page for details. Horses may not be tied to trees.
  • With the exception of Big Creek, horse camps do not have potable water.
  • A Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required to fish in the park. Special regulations apply in the park.
  • Pets are permitted but cannot be left unattended. All pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Pets are not allowed on trails.
  • For additional park information call 865-436-1200 or visit www.nps.gov/grsm
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    Overview

    Overview

    Pack up your horses for a getaway at Big Creek Horse Camp, located on far northeastern side of Smoky Mountains National Park, approximately 16 miles from Newport, Tennessee. This campsite sits along the gently rolling waters of Big Creek and offers miles of horse trails with breathtaking scenic backdrops.

    Natural Features:

    At a 1,700 foot elevation, Big Creek provides a moderate climate, characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers. The camp is surrounded by picturesque mountain ranges and pristine mountain streams.

    Nearby Mouse Creek Falls, a 35 foot waterfall forming at the confluence of Mouse Creek and Big Creek, is reachable by horseback or on foot via the Big Creek trailhead located on-site.

    The beautiful falls splits over moss covered rocks and falls about 20 ft. before pooling and falling another 15 ft. into Big Creek. The falls can be reached via the Big Creek Trail, which is covered in wildflowers during spring months.

    Recreation:

    The rolling terrain surrounding the campsite makes for some of the best horseback riding trails in the park. Numerous trails are accessible from Big Creek and for riders looking for a little hiking, the Appalachian Trail can be easily reached via the 2.1 mile Chestnut Branch Trail, located within walking distance from the camp.

    Campers can also enjoy high-quality backcountry fishing in the cool waters of the countless streams that snake through the mountains, with Rainbow and Brook trout available in abundance, particularly during spring months.

    Facilities:

    Big Creek Horse Camp is fairly primitive, providing only the basic amenities, but an unforgettable outdoors experience. The sites are large and the facility does offer flush toilets, drinking water and plenty of shade.

    Since horses are not permitted in the camping area, horse stalls and hitching rails are provided to guests.

    There are no hookups or showers at the campground, but water is available from the campground spigot.

    Nearby Attractions:

    The Big Creek Group Campground is located nearby, with plenty of space for larger groups.

    Full service grocery stores and medical facilities are located 16 miles away in Newport, Tennessee.

    Booking Window
    Wed Sep 17 2014 - Tue Mar 17 2015

    Reservations can be made for today and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

    Season Dates
    Big Creek Horse camp Season Dates April 11, 2014 through October 26, 2014

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Fri Apr 11 2014 Sun Oct 26 2014
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Accessible Flush Toilets
    • Accessible Sites
    • Drinking Water
    • Fire Rings
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Hitching Racks
    • Horse Stalls
    • Horseback Riding
    • Host
    • Picnic Area
    • Wildlife Viewing
    Less Than 1 Mile
    • Historic Sites
    • Horseback Riding Trails
    • Ranger Station
    • River Access
    • Trails
    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    Fee Information
    Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

    Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
    Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

    Changes and Cancellations
    A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    Apr 11 2014 -
    Oct 26 2014
    EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC $25.00

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    35.75972, -83.10417
    35°45'35"N, 83°6'15"W

    The campground is sixteen miles east of Newport, TN on I-40. Exit I-40 at exit 451. Follow the road past the Walters Power Generating Station to the 4-way intersection. Follow the signs to Big Creek.



    Mailing Address: (Do not use in GPS)
    236 Big Creek Park Road
    Newport, Tennessee, 37821
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    BIG CREEK HORSE CAMP

      NC 

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (865)436-1261