CATALOOCHEE GROUP CAMP, NC

Cataloochee Group Camp in the remote and historic Cataloochee Valley, is surrounded by some of the most rugged mountains in the park, providing excellent hiking opportunities as well as ideal fishing conditions in the area's many creeks. Because of its relatively secluded...
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!


  • Access to Cataloochee is via a narrow, winding, mountain road. A 3-mile stretch of gravel road contains many narrow, blind curves. Though many campsites will accommodate large rigs, motorhomes over 32' and trailers over 25' in length are not recommended due to the access road.

  • 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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    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
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    Overview

    Overview

    Cataloochee Group Camp in the remote and historic Cataloochee Valley, is surrounded by some of the most rugged mountains in the park, providing excellent hiking opportunities as well as ideal fishing conditions in the area's many creeks.

    Because of its relatively secluded location, visitors can enjoy the best that the Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer, without encountering crowds, which are sometimes common in other areas of the park.

    Natural Features:

    Cataloochee Group Camp is in an area characterized by picturesque mountain ranges and pristine streams, like the nearby Cataloochee Creek and its many tributaries. Whether blanketed in bright spring wildflowers or vivid fall colors, the scenery at Cataloochee never disappoints.

    The Smokies have the most biological diversity of any area in the world's temperate zone. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy.

    In particular, the Cataloochee area is known for the elk herd, which populates the valley in the spring and fall.

    Recreation:

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise, with a number of trails easily accessible from the Cataloochee Valley. Most notably, the Boogerman Trail, an almost 6-mile loop overlapping with the Caldwell Fork Trail, allows hikers to take in groves of old-growth forest.

    High-quality backcountry fishing in the cool, remote waters of the countless streams that snake through the valley, provide anglers with choice opportunities to catch wild trout.

    The park also 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 handful of which can be found nearby the campground, including the Palmer House, which offers a self-guided museum.

    Facilities:

    Cataloochee Group Camp provides a primitive outdoor camping experience with few amenities, but excellent access to trails and fishing streams. The sites are shaded by the lush surrounding forest, but there are no hookups or drinking water available.

    The three group sites can accommodate up to 25 guests. For groups larger than 25 people, all three sites may be reserved at once.

    Nearby Attractions:

    A number of the park's famous historical buildings, including cabins and churches, are located close to the campground.

    The town of Asheville, NC is approximately 35 miles from the campground and offers plenty of cultural and historic activities as well as restaurants and groceries.

    Booking Window
    Sat Aug 23 2014 - Sun Aug 23 2015

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

    Season Dates
    Cataloochee Group Camp 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 Apr 03 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Accessible Restrooms
    • Accessible Sites
    • Comfort Station
    • Fire Rings
    • Group Camping
    • Picnic Tables
    • Tent Pad
    • Vault Toilet
    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
    Peak Season
    Apr 03 2015 -
    Oct 31 2015
    GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $35.00

    *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):
    35.65139, -83.07444
    35°39'5"N, 83°4'28"W

    Exit I-40 at exit 20, 25 miles west of Asheville, NC (87 miles east of Knoxville, TN). Turn right onto Cove Creek road 1/10 mile from I-40. Follow Cove Creek Road to the Park boundary. The road goes from pavement to gravel to pavement. Upon reaching the pavement the second time, turn left. Go 2.5 miles and turn right onto a dirt road after crossing a bridge. Go 1 mile to group camp gate..

    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    CATALOOCHEE GROUP CAMP
    3576 Ranger Station Road
    Waynesville  NC  37876

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (865)436-1261