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CATALOOCHEE GROUP CAMP, NC

part ofGreat Smoky Mountains National Park, National Park Service
Photo: CATALOOCHEE GROUP CAMP
Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Cataloochee Group Camp in the remote and historic Cataloochee Valley, is surrounded by some of the most rugged mountains in the park, providing excellent hiking opportunities as well as ideal fishing conditions in the area's many creeks.

Because of its relatively secluded location, visitors can enjoy the best that the Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer, without encountering crowds, which are sometimes common in other areas of the park.

Natural Features:

Cataloochee Group Camp is in an area characterized by picturesque mountain ranges and pristine streams, like the nearby Cataloochee Creek and its many tributaries. Whether blanketed in bright spring wildflowers or vivid fall colors, the scenery at Cataloochee never disappoints.

The Smokies have the most biological diversity of any area in the world's temperate zone. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy.

In particular, the Cataloochee area is known for the elk herd, which populates the valley in the spring and fall.

Recreation:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise, with a number of trails easily accessible from the Cataloochee Valley. Most notably, the Boogerman Trail, an almost 6-mile loop overlapping with the Caldwell Fork Trail, allows hikers to take in groves of old-growth forest.

High-quality backcountry fishing in the cool, remote waters of the countless streams that snake through the valley, provide anglers with choice opportunities to catch wild trout.

The park also holds one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States. Over 90 historic structures, including houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools and grist mills, have been preserved or rehabilitated in the park. A handful of which can be found nearby the campground, including the Palmer House, which offers a self-guided museum.

Facilities:

Cataloochee Group Camp provides a primitive outdoor camping experience with few amenities, but excellent access to trails and fishing streams. The sites are shaded by the lush surrounding forest, but there are no hookups or drinking water available.

The three group sites can accommodate up to 25 guests. For groups larger than 25 people, all three sites may be reserved at once.

Nearby Attractions:

A number of the park's famous historical buildings, including cabins and churches, are located close to the campground.

The town of Asheville, NC is approximately 35 miles from the campground and offers plenty of cultural and historic activities as well as restaurants and groceries.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Sites
  • Comfort Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Group Camping
  • Picnic Tables
  • Tent Pad
  • Vault Toilet
Know Before You Go
  • Bear Habitat!!
    • All food and items used to store or prepare food, including coolers, MUST be stored in the trunk or cab of your vehicle/s at all times when not in use.
    • Dispose of garbage promptly in bear-proof dumpsters.
    • This rule is strictly enforced!


  • Firewood Quarantines are in effect!
    • The possession of any firewood originating from any location for which a federal or state firewood quarantine is in effect is prohibited. The movement of firewood into the park from counties adjacent to the park for which a federal or state quarantine is in place is prohibited even if the quarantine allows for movement within the county.
    • Firewood which bears a USDA certificate or which is purchased from a park concessionaire is allowed.
    • The National Park Service STRONGLY discourages the movement of firewood from location to another.
    • More details are available on the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/firewood-alert.htm
    • This rule is strictly enforced!


  • A reservation is required to use a group camp.
  • There are no showers or electric, water or sewer hook-ups in the park. Some group sites are accessible.
  • Quiet hours are in effect from 10 PM to 6 AM. Generator use is prohibited in group camps.
  • Fires are allowed in fire rings only!
  • A minimum of 7 people is required for group site use. Maximum site capacity varies from 15 to 30 people. The park stay limit is 14 consecutive days.
  • A Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required to fish in the park. Special regulations apply in the park.
  • Pets are permitted but cannot be left unattended. All pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Pets are not allowed on trails.
  • For additional park information call 865-436-1200 or visit www.nps.gov/grsm
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    35.65139, -83.07444
    35°39'5"N, 83°4'28"W

    Exit I-40 at exit 20, 25 miles west of Asheville, NC (87 miles east of Knoxville, TN). Turn right onto Cove Creek road 1/10 mile from I-40. Follow Cove Creek Road to the Park boundary. The road goes from pavement to gravel to pavement. Upon reaching the pavement the second time, turn left. Go 2.5 miles and turn right onto a dirt road after crossing a bridge. Go 1 mile to group camp gate..

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    CATALOOCHEE GROUP CAMP
    3576 Ranger Station Road
    Waynesville NC 37876

    Phone Number:

    Information: (865)436-1261
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