CADES COVE GROUP, TN

Over 2 million visitors annually come to enjoy the scenic beauty of Cades Cove and its many historic structures, popular biking and hiking trails and scenic waterfalls and streams. Tucked in the mountains under a lush, shaded canopy, this group campground offers the best that the ...
Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates

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  • Bear Habitat!!
    • All food and items used to store or prepare food, including coolers, MUST be stored in the trunk or cab of your vehicle/s at all times when not in use.
    • Dispose of garbage promptly 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!


  • A reservation is required to use a group camp.
  • There are no showers or electric, water or sewer hook-ups in the park. Some group sites are accessible.
  • Quiet hours are in effect from 10 PM to 6 AM. Generator use is prohibited in group camps.
  • Fires are allowed in fire rings only!
  • A minimum of 7 people is required for group site use. Maximum site capacity varies from 15 to 30 people. The park stay limit is 14 consecutive days.
  • 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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    Group GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC 20 Pull-Through
    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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    Group GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC 20 Back-In
    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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    Group GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC 30 Pull-Through
    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
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    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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    Overview

    Overview

    Over 2 million visitors annually come to enjoy the scenic beauty of Cades Cove and its many historic structures, popular biking and hiking trails and scenic waterfalls and streams. Tucked in the mountains under a lush, shaded canopy, this group campground offers the best that the Great Smoky Mountains National park has to offer.

    Natural Features:

    Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park.

    Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are also possible.

    For hundreds of years Cherokee Indians hunted in Cades Cove but archeologists have found no evidence of major settlements. The first Europeans settled in the cove sometime between 1818 and 1821. By 1830 the population of the area had already swelled to 271.

    Recreation:

    The Great Smoky Mountains are a hikers paradise and visitors to Cades Cove Campground love the 5-mile roundtrip hike to Abram Falls. From Cades Cove Loop Road, turnoff at the sign and follow the directions to the trailhead.

    Although Abrams Falls is only 20 feet high, the large volume of water rushing over falls more than makes up for its lack of height. The long, deep pool at its base is very picturesque. The trail to the falls traverses pine-oak forest on the ridges and hemlock and rhododendron forest along the creek. The waterfall and creek are named for Cherokee Chief Abram or Abraham whose village once stood several miles downstream.

    A nearby horse stable provides one-hour horseback rides as well as hay rides and carriage rides from March through October, offering recreational activities for the entire family.

    Campers can also enjoy high-quality backcountry fishing in the cool waters of the countless streams and rivers that snake through the mountains, with trout available in abundance.

    Facilities:

    Cades Cove Group Camp provides a primitive camping experience, with conveniences such as flush toilets and drinking water, but there are no hookups or showers at the campground. with the modern conveniences of flush toilets and drinking water. The four group campsites can accommodate up to 20 guests each, and multiple sites may be reserved for larger groups.

    A camp store provides visitors with basic necessities as well as bike rentals, and events like Interpretive Programs in the nearby amphitheater and Bicycle Only Days on the loop road provide visitors with a fun and unique experience.

    Nearby Attractions:

    The park holds one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States. Over 90 historic structures, including houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools and grist mills, have been preserved or rehabilitated in the park, a few of which are easily accessible from the Cades Cove Loop Road.

    Townsend, located about nine miles away, offers full service grocery stores and fuel.

    Booking Window
    Tue Sep 02 2014 - Wed Sep 02 2015

    Reservations can be made for today and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

    Season Dates
    Cades Cove Group Season Dates

    March 14, 2014 through October 31, 2014

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Fri Mar 14 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
    Peak Fri Mar 13 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Amphitheater
    • Bike Rentals
    • Birding
    • Drinking Water
    • Dump Station
    • Emergency Phone
    • Fire Rings
    • Fishing
    • Flush Toilets
    • General Store
    • Hiking
    • Historic Sites
    • Horse Rentals
    • Horseback Riding
    • Horseback Riding Trails
    • Host
    • Interpretive Programs
    • Interpretive Trails
    • Parking Area
    • Pay Phone
    • Picnic Area
    • Ranger Station
    • Riding Stable
    • River Access
    • Tent Pads
    • Trails
    • Wildlife Viewing
    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
    Mar 14 2014 -
    Oct 31 2014
    GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $35.00-$65.00
    Peak Season
    Mar 13 2015 -
    Oct 31 2015
    GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $35.00-$65.00

    *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):
    35.60361, -83.77056
    35°36'13"N, 83°46'14"W

    Cades Cove Campground
    10042 Campground Drive
    Townsend, TN 37882
    865-448-2472
    Lat/Long: N35.6009 W083.7742

    From Maryville, TN: Take U.S. 321 North (you'll actually be driving south!) from Maryville to Townsend, TN (about 22 miles). At the traffic light in Townsend, continue straight on TN 73 and follow signs to Cades Cove.

    From Pigeon Forge, TN take US 321 South (you'll be driving westerly) to Townsend, TN. Turn left (south) at Townsend onto TN 73. Follow signs to Cades Cove.

    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    CADES COVE GROUP
    107 Park Headquarters Road
    Gatlinburg  TN  37738

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (865)448-2472
    Special Events

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

    • Bicycle Only Days runs from May through September on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10 am. During this time, cars are not permitted on the Cades Cove Loop Road. The 2014 season Bike Only Days are from May 07 2014 to Sep 24 2014