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Great Smoky Mtns. National Park Hotels

Cosby Campground

  • 127 Cosby Park Rd. Map It
  • Practical Base


  • Predominantly tent campsites
  • Plenty of opportunities for hiking and fishing
  • Rarely full


  • Pleasant, rather than spectacular, setting

Updated 10/12/2012

Fodor's Review

This large campground is shadily set among poplars, hemlocks, and rhododendrons, near Cosby and Rock creeks. More than 150 of the campsites are for tents only, and RVs/trailers are limited to just 25 feet. Of the 165 total sites, 26 can be reserved in advance by telephone or online. Bears are in the area, and several campsites may be closed temporarily due to aggressive bear activity. The campground has a small amphitheater, picnic area, horse trails, and an RV dump station.

Nearby are many opportunities for hiking, with trailheads for Snake Den Ridge and Gabes Mountain trails. The self-guided nature trail (pick up a booklet at the trailhead, 50¢) winds down into a green ravine. This campground is rarely very busy and nearly always has sites available even when others are full.

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Hotel Information


127 Cosby Park Rd., off TN 32. From Cosby, go south on TN 32 about 1½ mi south of the junction with U.S. 321; turn right at Cosby sign; campground is another 2 mi, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, 37722, United States

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877-444–6777-camping reservations

Hotel Details:

  • Nov.-Mar.
  • 165 tent and RV/trailer (up to 25 ft) sites

Updated 10/12/2012


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