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107 Park Headquarters Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37738
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Balsam Mountain Campground
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Columbia, South Carolina
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206 reviews 206 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Balsam Mountain Campground is a nice campground for the following reasons: 1) At over 5000 elevation it is the highest campground in Smokey Mountain National Park which means that it stays nice and cool even in the summer time. 2) Because you can only get to the campground off of the Blue Ridge Parkway it's a bit out of the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Visited the area in late May to discover Balsam Mountain Campground is open for 2014. It was closed all of last year due to budget cuts but it is open this year so far. I have not stayed at this campground but I do love the area. Very scenic, always much cooler in the summer due to the mile high... More

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Stapleton, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We have been to this campground the last two years. I really like the fact that it never gets very hot. The altitude is over 5000'. It is a little small for as many campsites as they have packed in there. We have always enjoyed it though. Several nice short hiking trails within a few miles. I am sad that... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

"CLOSED FOR 2013 - The Balsam Mountain Campground and Picnic Area including the Heintooga Ridge and Balsam Mountain Roads will be CLOSED for 2013 due to Sequestration Budget Cuts at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park." This is really too bad as this is a nice, high elevation, scenic area. You can still walk up the road to the campground... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Camp host has asked to have this one child to stay out of our camp site,I was told by female host this is a park kids can do what they want.This child threw rocks at our dog,would stand at edge of campsite and stomp his feet to make the dog bark!The child was allowed to draw all over the road... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012 via mobile

This campground is in a beautiful setting..it is off the beaten path, but so worth it. We were there Aug 1 & 2 2012. We had been in the park for a week, staying at Smokemont and Cades Cove campgrounds, and Balsam Mtn was a wonderful place to spend the end of our trip. The campground was very quiet, the... More

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charleston, SC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

The elevation makes this a fantastic spot if you want too enjoy a cool night camping. We camped here in early June with a 30' airstream travel trailer and the night temp was probably in the mid fourties. The trailer camping is not that scenic because you basically just park on the side of the road through this small campground,... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012 via mobile

As we finished the end of journey of a weekend on the blue ridge parkway we decided to spend the night here. Driving in at the end of the day there is a nice spot to enjoy the sunset about 2 miles in on the access road. If your traveling the access road at twilight keep an eye out for... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

Balsam Mountain is great! Sites are so well kept and the bathrooms are the cleanest I've ever seen at a campground. I love how this site is set away from other more "touristy" areas of the park. Of course, this means you have to drive a ways to get there. But rest assured you will see the most beautiful overlooks... More

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

Balsam Mountain campground was beautiful, remote, clean, and just lovely. We stayed 3 nights. The bathrooms were clean (BYO soap), the dishwashing facility was great, and the camp hosts were very nice. Our only regret is that we didn't know about the sunset overlook that is 1/4-1/2 mile from the campground. It's a beautiful spot to camp, and quite cool... More

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Address: 107 Park Headquarters Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37738
Location: United States > Tennessee > Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Also Known As:
Balsam Mountain Campground Hotel Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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