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 scenic backdrop. World-renowned for its diversity of plant and animal...
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 and horse feed, MUST be stored in the trunk or cab of your vehicles at all times when not in use.
    • Dispose of garbage immediately 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
    • Help protect the park and chose to bring only heat-treated wood on your next visit!

  • There are no showers or electric, water or sewer hook-ups in the park.
  • Quiet hours are in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Generator use is restricted to 8 8 p.m.
  • 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
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    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 scenic backdrop.

    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 mountain culture, Great Smoky Mountains is America's most visited national park.

    Natural Features:

    Tow String Horse Camp is surrounded by picturesque mountain ranges, with 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 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.


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

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also 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 Tow String Camp. 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. From the big animals like bears, deer, and elk, down to microscopic organisms, 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.

    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.


    Tow String offers traditional woods camping, perfect for a getaway trip.

    Nearby Attractions:

    The campsite is located just four miles from Cherokee, North Carolina, which offers groceries and fuel.

    Booking Window
    Thu Jul 10 2014 - Sat Jan 10 2015

    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
    Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Birding
    • Fire Rings
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Horse Stalls
    • Horseback Riding
    • Host
    • Picnic Area
    • Pit Toilets
    • Wildlife Viewing
    Less Than 1 Mile
    • Historic Sites
    • Horseback Riding Trails
    • 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
    Peak Season
    Apr 04 2014 -
    Oct 31 2014
    Peak Season
    Apr 01 2015 -
    Oct 31 2015

    *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):
    35.53944, -83.29778
    35°32'22"N, 83°17'52"W

    There is no street address for the horse camp.

    Tow String horse camp is located 4 miles north of Cherokee, NC off Newfound Gap Road (aka U.S. 441). Turn right at sign for Tow String. Turn left after crossing bridge.

    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

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

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (865)436-1261