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

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...
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!

  • 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
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    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
    *** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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    Overview

    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.

    Booking Window
    Mon Sep 01 2014 - Sun Mar 01 2015

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

    Season Dates
    Cosby Campground "A" Loop will be open from Friday, April 11 2014 through Friday, October 31, 2014.
    Cosby Campground "B" Loop will be open from Friday, May 23, 2014 through Friday, October 31, 2014.

    Season Schedule

    Services 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
    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
    General Season
    Sep 01 2014 -
    Sep 01 2015
    TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $14.00
    STANDARD NONELECTRIC $14.00
    RV NONELECTRIC $14.00

    *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):
    35.75333, -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