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Camping at Big Creek Group Camp

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Basic Information

Big Creek Group Camp is a specific camping site within Great Smoky Mountains National Park designed primarily for groups. It's located in a forested setting and offers visitors a rustic camping experience amidst the beautiful scenery of the Smoky Mountains.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations are required for Big Creek Group Camp. You can make reservations online at the National Park Service's reservation website, or by calling their reservation line. The campsite usually has a fee that will vary depending on the size of the group and the length of stay. Be sure to check the current prices and availability when planning your trip.

Group Size and Facilities

Facilities available at Big Creek Group Camp typically include:

  • Picnic tables
  • Fire rings with grills
  • Access to vault toilets

The number of people accommodated can vary, but group sites often fit between 8 to 20 people. Large groups should verify the maximum number of occupants when making a reservation.

Operating Season

Big Creek Group Camp is generally open from early spring through late fall. The exact opening and closing dates can change yearly, and potential visitors should check the current year's schedule.

Regulations and Safety

Camping at Big Creek Group Camp, just like anywhere in the national park, comes with specific regulations:

  • Food Storage: To protect wildlife and ensure safety, all food and scented items must be stored in bear-proof containers or secured in a vehicle.
  • Campfires: Campfires may only be lit in designated fire rings or grills, and visitors must follow any fire restrictions.
  • Trash: All trash and litter must be packed out or disposed of in bear-proof trash receptacles if available.
  • Quiet Hours: Typically, quiet hours are enforced from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.


Being located in the national park, Big Creek Group Camp is a gateway to a variety of outdoor activities, including:

  • Hiking: Trails such as the Big Creek Trail can be accessed from near the campsite.
  • Fishing: The streams within the park are popular for fishing, though a valid Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including black bears, elk, and deer.

Access and Directions

To reach Big Creek Group Camp, detailed directions should be obtained from the park's official website or visitor center as GPS systems are not always reliable in the park. Typically, the campsite can be accessed by vehicle, but the last portion of the road may be gravel or dirt and can be narrow in places.

Additional Tips

  • Always check the weather forecast before your trip and be prepared for changing conditions.
  • Bring adequate camping gear, including tents, sleeping bags, and cooking equipment suitable for the conditions.
  • Cell phone coverage is often limited or unavailable; plan accordingly.
  • Familiarize yourself with basic wilderness first aid and the specific hazards you may encounter in the park.

For the most current and detailed information, it is always best to contact the park directly or visit the National Park Service's official website for Great Smoky Mountains National Park before your arrival.

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