Summary: Gatlinburg Tennessee may have a fair number of popular resorts and hotels but, camping in the national parks scattered over the area is an altogether awesome experience. There are three major parks in Gatlinburg that are famous among campers who keep coming back for more.
Smoky Mountain National Park
The Smoky Mountains are no doubt the top attraction in Gatlinburg. The only way to experience the panoramic splendor of this phenomenal range is to camp out in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. If you are not a trailblazer for camping, then try the Group Camping site of the park. Okay for about 8 and more the site allows tent camping and not RV and campervans. Situated in the front side of the park is the Front Country camping site. The grounds provide picnic tables, running water and fire grates. For the seasoned camper, Back Country camping site is ideal located towards the back end of the park. The only accessible way is through hiking which provides great scenic views along the trail. Campers can even bring their horses to the horse camping site specifically designed for the purpose.
There are a number of activities in the park including cycling, hiking, fishing and horse riding. One can also go on a nature hike and visit a number of waterfalls in the area.
Crazy Horse Campground & RV Resort
The Crazy Horse campground is ideal for RV campers. 200 Campsites are sprawled over 25 acres situated across the Smoky Mountain park. One gets to experience and engage in the activities of both parks.
The park has many amenities such as log cabins and tents. In the recreational areas you can even go for a dip in the heated swimming pool. There is also a playground for kids and a grocery store for provisions when planning a hike into the interiors of the park. Major activities include trout fishing and hiking trails. The park authorities also provide basketball and volleyball courts for sports. Water activities include a 500 ft waterslide.
Twin Creek RV Resort- Located on the East Parkway of Gatlinburg
Twin Creek is exclusively for RV camping. However cabins can also be hired on rent in case you plan a longer stay. Cabins are equipped with air-conditioning, toilets and portable kitchens. Twin Creek is well known for its tranquil atmosphere, there is also a trolley service that takes campers all the way down to Gatlin Pigeon forge. Twin Creek campsites offer the usual park amenities. In addition one has Wi-Fi accessibility, cable TV, laundry services and wood for campfires.
Jellystone Park- Home of Yogi Bear
By far the most famous park in Gatlin and home to none other than famous Yogi Bear is Jelly stone Park. Great Smoky Jelly Stone lies in the backyard of the Smoky Mountain national park and is a resort in itself. The perfect RV spot, Jelly Stone is the ideal family camping site. Tent camping and log cabins are all available. The all famous hiking trail Maddron Bald-Albright Grove Trailhead is a few yards away bordering the campground.