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Balsam Mountain Campground

107 Park Headquarters Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37738
Balsam Mountain Campground
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Birmingham
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

During the government shutdown of 2013 we went to Pisgah Campground and it was good but the weather had been really wet all year.In August 2014 we returned to Balsam to see 54 degrees during the days of August, what could be better. Never saw over 5 drops of rain. Ranger Jack has retired and the Ranger that was there... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The area is just lush with greenery. The sites are small and no electric or water so it is rustic. We were only there one night as we were just passing through but we will return. Reservations are not accepted so it is first come, first serve.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We enjoyed our first visit to Balsam Mountain Campground since 2012. Was closed in 2013 due to the silly sequester. The campground was as beautiful as ever. We picked spot #18 on the one-way portion of the loop road. The campground did not seem to be as used as in the past, maybe because of sequester, maybe because of the... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

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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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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