We camped at the campground in Cataloochee and enjoyed hiking, fishing and seeing the elk. There are trails for all different skill levels. These are mountain trails so expect a lot of ups and downs. Dogs (even on leash) are not allowed on many of the trails because the Park folks are trying to reestablish trees and shrubbery to some of the areas. Check before you head out with your pooch to make sure the trail you are planning allows him to come along.
The elk are majestic and seeing them up close like this is a real treat. One cow-elk came right to the campground. She just walked right through, posing for pictures along the way.
The staff are so very helpful and friendly. (Who wouldn't be, living there?! :)
There are no showers, as with many National Parks. There are clean, nice bathhouses, though. You can camp alongside a rush creek on one side of the campground or by a gentle stream on the other side of the campground. We chose the stream side since we had little children with us. Great loop for bikes. So relaxing to be by the stream and snuggle up with a good book. Bring a blanket, even in summer, as the temps in the mountains tend to drop at night.
- Also Known As:
- Cataloochee Campground Hotel Great Smoky Mountains National Park