COLLINS CREEK PICNIC PAVILION, NC

Collins Creek, tucked into picturesque mountain ranges and surrounded by pristine mountain streams, is the perfect backdrop for your party or family get-together. Whether blanketed in bright wildflowers in the spring or vivid colors in the fall, the scenery at Collins Creek never...
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!


  • Potable water is available at restrooms but not at the pavilion.
  • Alcohol is allowed at designated picnic areas.
  • There are BBQ grills for charcoal fires. Wood fires are not allowed.
  • Decorations are allowed, provided they do not damage the structure (i.e. no staples) and are cleaned up on departure. Directional signs leading to the site are prohibited.
  • Commercial activity (i.e. sales) is prohibited. Use of the pavilion for weddings and wedding receptions requires a Special Use Permit. Call 865-436-1261 for permit information.
  • Keep your confirmation notice with you in the event of a conflict with a non-reservation party.
  • 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
    Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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    Overview

    Overview

    Collins Creek, tucked into picturesque mountain ranges and surrounded by pristine mountain streams, is the perfect backdrop for your party or family get-together.

    Whether blanketed in bright wildflowers in the spring or vivid colors in the fall, the scenery at Collins Creek never disappoints.

    Natural Features:

    Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at an elevation of 2,600 ft., Collins Creek provides a moderate climate, characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers. The Pavilion is located nearby the Oconaluftee River and the Oconaluftee Visitors Center, the gateway to the North Carolina section of the Smokies.

    The Qualla Boundary, commonly known as Cherokee, North Carolina, is roughly 8 miles south of the pavilion. This area serves as a reservation for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee nation, who inhabited this area long before early Euro-American settlements. Oconaluftee comes from the Cherokee village name meaning, "by the river."

    Recreation:

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise, with nearby trails including the 3.9-mile Smokemont Loop Trail, Bradley Fork Trail and Newton Bald Trail.

    The Oconaluftee River offers some of the best trout fishing in the park. Downstrean from the confluence with the Bradley Fork, the Oconaluftee River opens up and features large grassy meadows, which are not too heavily populated with anglers.

    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. History buffs will be delighted to know that a good portion of the surrounding land is a designated part of the Oconaluftee Archaeological District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Facilities:

    Collins Creek is the ideal location for a group day trip. A large pavilion with tables and multiple grills provides a convenient place for visitors to prepare meals while enjoying the stunning backdrop. The pavilion can hold approximately 70 guests, with four charcoal grills and 15 picnic tables.

    Visitors should also be aware that while the site meets accessibility standards, the restrooms do not.

    Nearby Attractions:

    The Oconaluftee Visitor Center, located just six miles away, features museum exhibits that tell the story of life in the Smoky Mountains dating back to early native Americans. The adjacent Mountain Farm Museum highlights a large collection of historical log structures.

    Booking Window
    Tue Sep 16 2014 - Wed Sep 16 2015

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

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Fri Apr 04 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
    Peak Fri Apr 03 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Accessible Sites
    • Drinking Water
    • Fishing
    • Flush Toilets
    • Grills
    • Hiking
    • Host
    • Picnic Shelters
    • Wildlife Viewing
    Less Than 1 Mile
    • Historic Sites
    • River Access
    • Trails
    Within 10 Miles
    • Visitors Center
    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 04 2014 -
    Oct 31 2014
    SHELTER NONELECTRIC $20.00
    Peak Season
    Apr 03 2015 -
    Oct 31 2015
    SHELTER NONELECTRIC $20.00

    *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):
    35.56722, -83.33389
    35°34'2"N, 83°20'2"W

    There is no street address. Collins Creek picnic area is 8 miles north of Cherokee, NC on Newfound Gap Road (aka U.S. 441)
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    COLLINS CREEK PICNIC PAVILION
    Mailing address is c/o Oconaluftee Ranger Station

    60 Enloe-Floyd Bottoms Road
    Cherokee  NC  28719

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (865)436-1261