With the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the heralded Appalachian Trail both located in Asheville's backyard, it's no surprise that this city is home to a vast netword of backpacking and camping destinations. Located in the heart of the Smokies, Big Creek Campground is a great base camp for exploring America's most visited national park. From the campground parking lot visitors have easy access to one of the area’s most popular swimming destinations, the Midnight Hole, via a 1.5 mile hike up the gently graded Big Creek Trail.
Another destination deep within the confines of the Great Smokies, is the Cataloochee Valley. The Valley is steeped in Appalachian history, home to exquisite landscapes and an abundance of wildlife. Cataloochee Campground is centered amidst the history and beauty of this high country valley. The Campground sits on the banks of Cataloochee Creek underneath a towering canopy of Appalachian hardwoods. Camping season runs from early April through late October. They offer a total of 27 primitive sites, each equipped with a fire ring and picnic table.
Bryson City is a bustling mountain community that loves its outdoor activities. A stay at the Deep Creek Campground gives visitors ready access to mountain biking, trail running, hiking, and floating adventures. The stretch of creek above the campground is a thrilling section of rambling water, which lends itself to tubing during the warmer months.