Cosby Campground and Camping
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About the Campground
Only 26 sites in the Cosby campground are available by reservation -- the remaining sites are available only on a first come, first served (FCFS) basis. Except on holiday weekends, there are usually many sites available.
The 157-site Cosby Campground is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and approximately 5 miles south of Cosby, Tennessee. Campsites include a fire ring with cooking grill and a picnic table; tent sites include a tent pad. Reasonable generator use is allowed.
Loop A is generally open mid-March through October; Loop B is generally open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend plus October.
This is a nice campground, showing great improvements since 2009, that tends to be underutilized due to its distance from tourist attractions in the Gatlinburg area. If you're looking for a peaceful place to camp in the park, this is a great option, especially when the more popular campgrounds fill up on holiday weekends. There are great hiking and fishing opportunities in the area.
NOTICE: Campsites were renumbered in November of 2009. If you like to reserve a specific site, please know that it may now bear a new number. Please check the map or check the conversion list on the Park website under the Frontcountry Camping page. If you have questions, call 423-487-2683.
Convenience stores and fuel are available in Cosby; medical facilites are 19 miles away in Newport.
MORE INFORMATION: Information is available at the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm. For recorded information on park facilities, programs, local lodging and to request information by mail, call 865-436-1200. Books and guides are available on-line at www.smokiesstore.org. The park mailing address is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.
Services & Amenities
- ADA Access
- Comfort Station
- Dump Station
- Hiking Trail
- Horseback Riding
- Picnic Tables
- Ranger Station
Jun 14 2010 -
Jun 14 2011
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Alerts and Important Information
You are responsible for knowing park rules and regulations. A limited summary is provided below. More detailed information can be found at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/campregs.htm.
FOOD STORAGE: Black bears and other wildlife inhabit the area. Special regulations apply to the storage of food and garbage, as well as horse feed, and are strictly enforced.
FIREWOOD QUARANTINE:Firewood from a number of states and 2 Canadian Provinces is quarantined due to an insect infestation by one or more insect pests (e.g. the Emerald Ash Borer) that is devastating certain tree species. Please help protect our forests from these destructive pests and do not bring firewood into the Park from the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin as well as the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
HOOK UPS: There are no hook-ups or showers at any park campground. Potable water is available from spigots near the restrooms.
QUIET HOURS: Quiet hours are in effect from 10 PM to 6 AM; generator use is restricted to 8AM to 8 PM. If you have a medical condition that requires electrical power at night, please contact the campground office in advance of your stay.
FIRES: Fires are allowed in fire rings only.
STAY/SITE LIMITS: A maximum of 6 people may occupy a campsite. The park stay limit is 14 consecutive days. Reservations which exceed the 14 consecutive day limit be cancelled and refunded.
FISHING: A Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required to fish in the park. Licenses are available in nearby towns at <$30. Special regulations apply in the park: single hook, artificial flies or lures only---no bait.
Campground Contact Information
Open From: Jun 14 2010 to Dec 14 2010
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Cosby
Campground Phone: 423-487-2683
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777
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More About Cosby Campground
Cosby is a campground located in Sevierville, Tennessee. This is a US Forest Service campground. All reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.
To find this campground check the map shown above, or enter -83.20861 latitude, and -83.20861 longitude into your GPS device.
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