Let's Go
Camping...
[x]
Find Sites





Find your spot

Find other facilities on map

For more information on passes click here

 

COSBY GROUP CAMP, TN

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

Overview

Tucked in the mountains under a canopy of cool shade, this group campground creates a peaceful and secluded environment for visitors, offering the best that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer.

Natural Features:

World-renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian culture, Great Smoky Mountains is America's most visited national park. Whether blanketed in bright wildflowers in the spring or vivid colors in the fall, the scenery at Cosby never disappoints.

At 2,460 feet, Cosby Campground provides a moderate climate, typified by mild winters and hot, humid summers.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park preserves a rich cultural history of Southern Appalachia. From the prehistoric Paleo Indians to the early 19th century European settlements, the park strives to protect the historic structures, landscapes and artifacts, which tell the stories of the people who once called these mountains home.

Recreation:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise, with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short, leg-stretchers to strenuous treks, with a number of those trails easily accessible from Cosby Campground, including the Appalachian Trail, just three miles away via the Lower Gap Trail.

Hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies: Fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing and auto touring are also popular activities.

Campers can enjoy high-quality backcountry fishing in the cool waters of the countless streams and rivers that snake through the mountains, with trout available in abundance.

Wildlife viewing is a popular pastime, and with around 1,500 bears living in the park, it's not uncommon for visitors to spot one. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy.

Facilities:

Cosby Group Camp provides campers with a secluded environment for traditional tent camping. There are three group sites that can accommodate up to 20 visitors each, with tent pads at each site, along with fire rings, grills and tables, perfect for family meals and late night s'mores.

The site offers modern amenities like flush toilets and drinking water. The nearby Cosby Campground offers 26 reservable sites and 131 first-come, first-serve sites for smaller groups or overflow.

Nearby Attractions:

Cosby, Tennessee, located about five miles from the campground, offers convenience stores and fuel.

Gatlinburg, a one of the Smokies' famous tourist towns, is located about 20 miles from the site, offering visitors tours, organized rafting trips, museums, restaurants, galleries, an aquarium, skiing and more.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Restroom
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Emergency Phone
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Telephone
  • Tent Pads
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Historic Sites
  • Ranger Station
  • River Access
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 or a state certificate or which is purchased from a park concessionaire is allowed.
    • The National Park Service STRONGLY discourages the movement of firewood from one location to another.
    • This rule is strictly enforced!
    • Proposed Regulation Change: The Park is proposing to allow only USDA or state certified heat-treated wood to be brought into the park for campground fires beginning in March 2015. More details are available on the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/firewood-alert.htm.
    • Help protect the park and chose to bring only heat-treated wood on your next visit!


  • 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):
    35.75278, -83.20611
    35°45'10"N, 83°12'22"W

    From Cosby, TN, proceed south on TN 32 about 1.5 miles from junction with US 321. Turn right at Cosby sign. Group camp is another 2.2 miles.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    COSBY GROUP CAMP
    127 Cosby Park Road
    Cosby  TN  37722

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (423)487-2683
    Recreation.gov helps you discover and book trips to all of America's public places.
    Learn more about us, or about any of our agency partners below:
    Bureau of Land Management Federal Highway Administration National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Smithsonian Institution USDA Forest Service US Army Corps of Engineers US Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tennessee Valley Authority Bureau of Reclamation National Archives Records Administration

    Agency Partners