Hotels, Camping, and Dining in the Great Smoky Mountains

You can enjoy many types of campgrounds on your Great Smoky Mountains National Park vacation, but there is only one lodge. However, in the gateway towns, there are many hotels, resorts, and cabin rentals with great views and convenient access to the park.

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3 Top Vacation Cabins near Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Stay in a cabin on the “peaceful side of the Smokies” in Townsend, Tenn., and surrounding towns in Blount County. Here are three of our favorites. Read More...

Sign outside of Hot Springs, N.C. It was a health resort since 1800, changed its name from Warm Springs in 1886, and was an internment camp for German prisoners during WWI. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

8 Unusual Places to Stay in the Smoky Mountains

Don’t let your Smoky Mountain vacation sound just like your neighbors’. Set your trip apart by staying at unusual lodging options along the way. Read More...

Upper Flats Wilderness camping in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Camping in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The park operates nine developed campgrounds. All have bathroom facilities with running water, but no showers or hookups. Read More...

LeConte Lodge on Mt. Le Conte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Courtesy photo

LeConte Lodge inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park

LeConte Lodge is the only lodging in the park and is accessible only by hiking a 5-mile trail. Read More...

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LeConte Lodge Kitchen Supplied by Llama Train

Have a hot meal up on the mountain thanks to llamas that make the hike up to the lodge kitchen three times per week. Read about their reward at the top. Read More...

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Smoky’s Best Burger? Try Barbob’s Burgermaster Drive-In

Drive up to a classic diner experience right outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Townsend, Tenn. Locals say it’s the best burger in the county. Read More...

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Where to Camp in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Personalized guide to help you decide where to spend the night, from car camping paradise and remote backcountry sites to a slice of RV heaven. Read More...