GSMNP – Cataloochee Campground

Group Leaders / Additional Information:

The Cataloochee River is located in the historic Cataloochee Valley–a relatively remote part of Smoky Mountain National Park. The campground is a secluded setting and offers visitors the ability to enjoy a multitude of recreational activities like hiking and fishing, without the crowds, which are sometimes common in other parts of the park.

Cataloochee Campground is surrounded by picturesque mountain ranges and pristine mountain streams, like nearby Cataloochee Creek. Elk are common in this part of the park, during the spring and fall.

At a 2,600 foot elevation, Cataloochee provides a moderate climate, characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers. Whether blanketed in bright spring wildflowers or exploding with vivid fall colors, the scenery at Cataloochee never disappoints.


Outings Information Packet – Cataloochee

MTFF Outing Vehicle Sign

MTFF Outing Checklist

STATE: North Carolina


Weather Channel

Lodging Information:

Driving Directions:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    35.63083, -83.1125
    35°37’51″N, 83°6’45″W

    From I-40 take Exit 20 in North Carolina. Turn right onto Cove Creek Road and follow 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 to an intersection and continue another .5 miles to the left.