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The only accommodations actually in the park, besides camping, are at LeConte Lodge. Outside the park, you have a gargantuan selection of hotels of every ilk. On the Tennessee side, in Gatlinburg you'll see a street sign that says "2,000 Hotel Rooms" and points up the hill, and that's just in one section of town. On the North Carolina side, lodging is mostly more low-key, but you can choose from
old mountain inns, B&Bs, and motels in the small towns of Bryson City, Waynesville, and Robbinsville. A seemingly ever-expanding number of hotel towers are connected to the giant Harrah's casino in Cherokee, with more than 1,100 rooms, it's the largest hotel in North Carolina. About 50 miles away, in and around Asheville, you can choose from among one of the largest collections of B&Bs in the Southeast, along with hip urban hotels and classic mountain resorts.
Camping is abundant and reasonably priced. The park has nearly 950 tent and RV camping spaces at 10 developed campgrounds, in addition to more than 100 backcountry campsites and shelters. The cost ranges from $4 per person (backcountry sites and shelters, a new fee approved to start in 2013) to $14–$23 per night for front-country sites. All but one of the campgrounds accept RVs and trailers, though most have size limits. Immediately outside the park are many commercial campgrounds and RV parks. Permits are required for all backcountry camping.