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Notice: Cosby campground almost always has campsites available. Only 26 of the campground's 157 sites can be reserved in advance; the remaining sites, most of which are tent sites, are first-come, first-served only. Tenters have a 100% chance of finding a vacant site on any day but Memorial Day or Labor day weekend. RVs have at least a 60% chance. Come see us!!

COSBY CAMPGROUND, TN

Photo: COSBY CAMPGROUND
Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Tucked in the mountains under a canopy of cool shade, this campground creates a peaceful and secluded environment for visitors, offering the best that the Great Smoky Mountains National park has to offer.

All but 26 sites in Cosby campground are available on a first come, first served basis. Even when all reservation sites are booked, there are usually many great tent sites available, even on holiday weekends. Call 423-487-2683 to check availability. RV sites are less common and a reservation is recommended for those on holiday weekends. This campground is usually quieter and without the hustle and bustle of the busier campgrounds. Come and give this campground a try!

Natural Features:

World-renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian culture, Great Smoky Mountains is America's most visited national park.

At 2,460 feet, Cosby Campground provides a moderate climate, characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park preserves a rich cultural history of Southern Appalachia. From the prehistoric Paleo Indians to the early 19th century European settlers, the park strives to protect the historic structures, landscapes and artifacts that tell the stories of the people who once called these mountains home.

Recreation:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise, with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short, leg-stretchers to strenuous treks, with a number of those trails easily accessible from Cosby Campground, including the Appalachian Trail, just three miles away via the Lower Gap Trail.

Hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies: Fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing and auto touring are popular activities.

Campers can 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.

Wildlife viewing is a popular pastime, and with around 1,500 bears living in the park, it's not uncommon for visitors to spot one. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy.

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.

Facilities:

Cosby Campground provides campers with a secluded environment for traditional camping. Though some RV sites are available, Cosby is mostly a tent campground, with plenty of shade and tent pads at each site, along with fire rings, grills and tables, perfect for family meals and late night s'mores.

The site offers modern amenities like flush toilets and drinking water. Although 26 sites are reservable, an additional 131 sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Nearby Attractions:

Cosby, Tennessee, located about five miles from the campground, offers convenience stores and fuel.

Gatlinburg, a one of the Smokies' famous tourist towns, is located about 20 miles from the site, offering visitors tours, organized rafting trips, museums, restaurants, galleries, an aquarium, skiing and more.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Restroom
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Emergency Phone
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Telephone
  • Tent Pads
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Historic Sites
  • River Access
  • Trails
Know Before You Go
  • 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 certificate or which is purchased from a park concessionaire is allowed.
    • The National Park Service STRONGLY discourages the movement of firewood from location to another.
    • More details are available on the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/firewood-alert
    • This rule is strictly enforced!

  • The majority of Cosby campground operates on a first come, first served basis. Except for holiday weekends, tent sites are almost always available. Call 423-487-2683 to check on availability.
  • There are no showers or electric, water or sewer hook-ups in the park.
  • Quiet hours are in effect from 10 PM to 6 AM. Generator use is restricted to 8 AM to 8 PM. Some campgrounds have generator free sections.
  • Fires are allowed in fire rings only!
  • A maximum of 6 people may occupy a campsite. The park stay limit is 14 consecutive days. Reservations which exceed the 14 consecutive day limit may be cancelled and refunded.
  • 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.
  • Cades Cove and Smokemont campgrounds are the only campgrounds open year round.
  • For additional park information call 865-436-1200 or visit www.nps.gov/grsm
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    35.75333, -83.20861
    35°45'12"N, 83°12'31"W

    From Cosby, TN, proceed south on TN 32 about 1.5 miles south of the junction with US 321. Turn right at Cosby sign. Campground is another 2 miles.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    COSBY CAMPGROUND
    127 Cosby Park Road
    Cosby TN 37722

    Phone Number:

    Information: (423)487-2683