1 May 2016

Campground Review - Cades Cove NP Campground

Cades Cove Campground

10042 Campground Drive, Townsend TN

Why we chose here? We wanted to explore the northern part of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Location: Near Townsend TN

Sites: There are two loops B (85 sites) & C (76 sites) and four group sites (2 x 20 & 2 x 30). Maximum size is supposed to be 40’, we are only 35’ and we had trouble getting into a few spots in both sections. In section B, the driveways are narrow, many with trees right on the side so you wouldn’t be able to put your slides out. Section C has a couple of old sites with gravel driveways that slope, so these really only cater for tents. The rest are concrete slabs, each with a tent area. Many were just too short for us. Backing into all the sites in this park is difficult as the roads are too narrow to turn without the truck running out of road. These sites are not very old, I cannot believe they are not catering for larger rigs. Sites C17-20 are the easiest for our size and we had to park our truck sideways in front of our fifth wheel.

Facilities: Restrooms, Dump station with drinking water, Garbage Bins, Water is also available outside the restrooms.

Groceries: Townsend

Reservations: Yes 15 May to 15 Oct. No reservations are taken before 15 May but we did see tags on sites, then only reservations until mid October. We arrived on the 1st May on a Sunday and there were lots of sites to choose from.

Cell Coverage / WiFi: No

Price Paid: $17.00. I think it is $20 in peak season

Date of visit: May 2016

Other: There is a one mile nature trail from C loop.

C loop allows generators before 15 May. Quiet time is 10pm to 6am and of course the most noisy generator in our loop started at 6am!

Generators are allowed in B loop all the time.

There is a general store that sells ice-cream, fast food and bicycle hire.

There was no pay station to get into the park.

7am Monday was garbage pick up.

Would we come here again? Yes

Loop C

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