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Old 07-15-2018, 02:14 PM   #1
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Cades Cove Campground GSMNP

We were going to spend 4 nights in Great Smoky Mountain NP in mid-October. I have stayed at Twin Creek in Gatlinburg several times, but this time we are wanting something scenic and more rustic. We are thinking about Cades Cove Campground, has anyone stayed there? Did you enjoy?
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Yes, nice campground, and kind of out away from the busyness...and yet not too far from Gatlinburg and the rest of the park.
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Yes, nice campground, and kind of out away from the business...and yet not too far from Gatlinburg and the rest of the park.


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My best memory is relaxing in my zero gravity chair and a nuthatch landed on my knee. Stayed there for a full minute looking at me, like, "where's my treat?"
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My best memory is relaxing in my zero gravity chair and a nuthatch landed on my knee. Stayed there for a full minute looking at me, like, "where's my treat?"


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Have stayed there, a lovely and peaceful place.

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Have stayed there, a lovely and peaceful place.



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Thank you Maggie, sounds perfect. I am going to pick my daughter up from college for fall break and we are going to have a five-day father daughter outing. Campfires, hiking, etc...
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I have stayed there. It has very heavy tree cover, but not much vegetation between sites—so not the most private of CG’s I have been to. I preferred smokemont....it had a bit more privacy, and is right on a scenic creek....but is on the other side of the park
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Just remember that you are visiting during the height of the leaf-peeping season. The park, and all surrounding areas, will be very congested. Just take your time, allow yourself time to get into the campground before it gets dark (otherwise, navigating can be a bit tough in the dark), relax and enjoy the cool environment of the campground. Since you will be staying in that section of the park take time to go into Townsend and visit the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center (with its new museum), Appalachian Bear Rescue Education Center, and eat at Dancing Bear Lodge. Have a great time!
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also there is Elkmont Campground. It's closer to Gatlinburg. I'm not sure you can get your 30' in there.
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'Camped' in an Appalachian Trail shelter and hiked down to the cove years ago. Was backpacking the Smoky Mountains during October. The best month.
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We are thinking about Cades Cove Campground, has anyone stayed there? Did you enjoy?

Greg
Yes, years ago in a tent camper. It's my favorite place in the Smokies. Not sure how the road in would be for an Airstream. Be sure to get up early and take the loop road. We'd take a thermos of coffee into the woods from the cutoff, and just sit. Deer walked about 10' from me. I once met a bear on a trail. All I recall is how big his feet were. I froze and he kept going.
Mid October? I'm sure the Smokies get crowded with the "leafers".

OBTW, we were enjoying dinner at the picnic table when about 50 skunks came out of the woods, looking for garbage. They are fearless. Ever had skunks step on your feet while eating?
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I have stayed there. It has very heavy tree cover, but not much vegetation between sites—so not the most private of CG’s I have been to. I preferred smokemont....it had a bit more privacy, and is right on a scenic creek....but is on the other side of the park
Thanks for the information, I will also look into Smokemont.
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Just remember that you are visiting during the height of the leaf-peeping season. The park, and all surrounding areas, will be very congested. Just take your time, allow yourself time to get into the campground before it gets dark (otherwise, navigating can be a bit tough in the dark), relax and enjoy the cool environment of the campground. Since you will be staying in that section of the park take time to go into Townsend and visit the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center (with its new museum), Appalachian Bear Rescue Education Center, and eat at Dancing Bear Lodge. Have a great time!
Thanks for the reminders and recommendations!
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