Camping Just Minutes from Gatlinburg, TN
It is hard to imagine that quiet and peaceful Cosby Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains is located so close to the well known and popular destination of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. While staying in the area and doing some exploring for a trout stream away from the crowds I came across this campground. Considering the cost of the various rooms and cabins in the Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg area this nice campground might be an ideal place to stay and save some money.
The Cosby Campground is run by the National Park Service and offers just under 200 camping sites. The campground is well spread out to allow for privacy and large camping sites. For a campground of this size, the atmosphere in the campground is extremely quiet and peaceful. Each site at Cosby Campground offers a picnic table and a fire grill. Flush toilets are available in the campground as well. A small store is located near to the campground for last minute items that a camper may have forgotten. There are plenty of places to shop in and around the Gatlinburg area for groceries and other items that you may need.
Though I did not end up fishing in the area around Cosby Campground on my trip there are fishing opportunities near to the campground. The streams running along the roads looked good as well as other streams that are more remote and should provide a peaceful atmosphere. There are numerous hiking trails leading in all directions from the Cosby Campground. Hiking through the area that was once ‘settled’ can lead visitors to the remains of old homesteads. This are was once (and probably still is) an area where moonshine is produced. I doubt you’ll come across the remains of an old still but it is a possibility. The current production of moonshine is likely to be taking place off of federal land!
Cosby Campground is located just north of Tennessee’s border with North Carolina. Aside from Cosby Campground’s close proximity to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge it is also a great place to access the recreational opportunities in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, and Pisgah National Forest. Other nearby sites of interest include Clingmans Dome (the highest point in Tennessee), and the Cherokee Reservation. Recreational opportunities in the area include trout and other fishing, hiking, casinos, skiing, Native American heritage sites, Dollywood and much more.
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN, are located along US Route 321 southeast of Knoxville, TN. To get to the Cosby Campground, follow 321 east of Gatlinburg. Turn right on Route 21 and look for the sign to the campground after a short distance.