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All reviews high elevation camp host picnic area cool temps saw elk off the beaten path maggie valley bear proof degree weather early june main park remote location tent pad running water flush toilets privacy cherokee
Enjoyed the campground but views are mostly blocked by trees. However the drive to it on Balssam Mountain Road is beautiful. The overlooks are fabulous. Don't miss the picnic area at the end. From the picnic area take the short walk to the Heintooga overlook....More
Many years we come here and it's still one of the best sites in the Smokies. The reservation system has brought more people here so the campground should be open for many years to come. The hosts were wonderful, the place was well kept and...More
This campground is my favorite of the Smoky Mountain campgrounds. It is high up at 5300 ft so it is cool in the summer. It is very quiet and not too big. The campsites have a nice sized tent pad and are not too wooded....More
I've camped here now on a couple of trips. Being the highest elevation campground you can drive to, it is cooler than the rest of the locations year-round. My Trip in July we experienced no higher than about 72 degrees while it was in the...More
Our family tent camps every summer, so I always try to find a high elevation campground with cool night air. Balsam Mountain was petfect! Site 40 was perfect for our large family tent. The bathrooms were very clean and the host was friendly. Firewood is...More
This a very old campground. The layout is some isolated spots and some spots up against each other. There is actually a reason for the seemingly odd layout. An engineer made the layout so people who tent camp could be social... More
This a very old campground. The layout is some isolated spots and some spots up against each other. There is actually a reason for the seemingly odd layout. An engineer made the layout so people who tent camp could be social with fellow campers without intruding on their camp simply because they were just right there due to the proximity.
Some people love this, I do. Others feel they don't have privacy.
The sites are all for "tents". However the hosts and rangers will permit small campers to pull up next to the site except for 26 27 28 29 30 and 31 that are walk up tent sites. But these sites have bear boxes so you don't need to store food in the car.
This place is a must do if you tent camp. No power, narrow road so the large campers and motor homes stay away. Cool always because you are at 5300 feet. In late May is still hovers at 35 to 45 at night.
Nights in July and August are 48 to 58 at night and 58 to 68 in the day.
Do try it, you'll be back.
There are a lot of trees around the campground so view is limited. You can see to the west at the sites 14 15 16 26 and 31 there are nice. There is a nice overlook about 1/2 mile away. If you want a nice view but you will be... More
There are a lot of trees around the campground so view is limited. You can see to the west at the sites 14 15 16 26 and 31 there are nice. There is a nice overlook about 1/2 mile away. If you want a nice view but you will be in the sun more there is Mile High Campground at the turn off on the parkway.
Response from amypizzutibrown | Reviewed this property |
I would bring baby wipes to use at night before bedtime or in morning and then once or twice we boiled a bucket of hot water and did a sponge bath. I would wash my hair in bathroom over sink. It was cold. It totally doable