ROUND BOTTOM HORSE CAMP, NC

Saddle up your horses for a camping trip in the stunning Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located in the North Carolina portion of the park, this campsite offers miles of horse trails with a breathtaking backdrop. Whether blanketed in bright spring wildflowers or vivid fall colors...
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 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.htm
    • This rule is strictly enforced!


  • 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.
  • Fires are allowed in fire rings only.
  • A reservation is required for all horse camps and you must have a horse to camp here. A maximum of 6 people and 4 horses may occupy a campsite. All horses must be accompanied by a negative Coggins test. The park stay limit is 14 consecutive days.
  • Stalls are provided but may not be visible from your campsite. Check the site page for details. Horses may not be tied to trees.
  • With the exception of Big Creek, horse camps do not have potable water.
  • 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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    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
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    Overview

    Overview

    Saddle up your horses for a camping trip in the stunning Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located in the North Carolina portion of the park, this campsite offers miles of horse trails with a breathtaking backdrop. Whether blanketed in bright spring wildflowers or vivid fall colors, the scenery at Round Bottom never disappoints.

    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.

    Natural Features:

    Round Bottom Horse Camp is surrounded by picturesque mountain ranges, pristine mountain streams and rivers and clear blue skies that set the backdrop for your camping and horseback riding adventure.

    At 3,060 feet elevation, the campground provides a moderate climate, typified by mild winters and hot, humid summers.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park preserves a rich cultural tapestry of Southern Appalachian history. The mountains have had a long human history spanning thousands of years, from the prehistoric Paleo Indians to early European settlement in the 1800s to loggers and Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees in the 20th century. The park strives to protect the historic structures, landscapes, and artifacts that tell the stories of people who once called these mountains home.

    Recreation:

    With access to several of the Smokies' popular horseback riding trails, equestrians will never be bored.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise, offering over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short, leg-stretchers to strenuous treks, with a number of those trails easily accessible from the picnic area. But hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies: Fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing and auto touring are also 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:

    Round Bottom offers a traditional outdoor camping experience

    Nearby Attractions:

    Cherokee, North Carolina, located about 13 miles away, offers fuel and grocery stores.

    Booking Window
    Fri Apr 25 2014 - Sat Oct 25 2014

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

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Fri Apr 04 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Birding
    • Fire Rings
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Horse Stalls
    • Horseback Riding
    • Horseback Riding Trails
    • Picnic Area
    • Portable Toilets
    • Trails
    • Wildlife Viewing
    Less Than 1 Mile
    • Historic Sites
    • River Access
    • Scenic Drive
    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
    EQUESTRIAN 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):
    35.61833, -83.21
    35°37'6"N, 83°12'36"W

    There is no street adddress for the horse camp.
    Round Bottom horse camp is located about 9 miles NW of Cherokee, NC.

    From Cherokee, NC: Take US 441 north. Just before entering the park, turn right at last traffic light onto Acquoni Road. Go one block, acorss river, and turn left onto Big Cove Road (marked by detour sign). Go 9 miles to a tee. Turn right and go 0.9 mile to the end of the pavement. Take the gravel Straight Fork-Round Bottom road, adjacent to a trout rearing facility, 3.5 miles to the horse camp.

    From Gatlinburg, TN: Take Newfound Gap Road (US 441 South) towards Cherokee, NC. Exit the park into Cherokee and turn left at the first traffic light. Go one block, across river, and turn left onto Big Cove Road (marked by detour sign). Continue with directions above.

    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    ROUND BOTTOM HORSE CAMP
    Mailing address is c/o Oconaluftee Ranger Station, 60 Enloe-Floyd Bottoms Road
    Cherokee NC 28719

    Phone Number:

    Information: (865)436-1261