Maybe I'm a bit biased, but I don't think you'll find a better primitive campground in the area. Cosby Campground is located inside the National Park. Anyone who thinks the sites are crowded or too close together apparently needs a whole acre field! My parents took me camping here as a child in the 60's and 70's, and I'm very excited to have been able to take my children back to the same sites over the last few years. Although it has been kept up and updated for safety, I'm glad to say it hasn't changed much. The sites are mostly level, VERY spacious with good separation between them for privacy, and generally clean. The rangers patrol several times daily. There is plenty of room for parking near or in your site for easy loading, unloading, and access to food that you must keep in your vehicles. Bears are common, but not a problem if you don't invite them in.
The campground itself offers clean bathrooms (cleaned daily) with cold running water in the sinks: no showers. There is no water or electricity on the sites, but there are water spickets every so many sites so you can carry buckets as needed. There is a dishwashing station at the bathrooms, but once again, it's only cold water. There are also water fountains throughout the campground, and large "bear-proof" dumpsters for your trash. There are great hiking trails starting from various spots inside the campground: some long, and some shorter. There are horse trails down the road just outside the campground. The fishing is good in the stream if you have a license; nice rainbow trout! The stream is also great for wading or climing around on the rocks.
There is a group campsite for large groups that is very nice for church groups, scouts, or whatever. There are also a few sites that are closer together for families or friends who want to camp together. RV's, campers, and tents are all welcomed, and you will find the perfect site for either. There are about 20 or less sites that are available by reservation, but all the rest are first come, first serve: you pick and then pay. And the price is great: just $14 a night. It's the perfect place to enjoy nature and just relax or spend time bonding with family. Excellent fire pits, nice, big concrete picnic tables, and large, level tent pads. There are even a few handicap accessible sites with special amenities!
If you are looking for things to do, take a drive on through Cosby to enjoy the scenery. The drive through Catalooch is long, but can be very nice. Within an hour's drive, you can visit Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, The Chimneys, Ober Gatlinburg, Cades Cove, or Clingman's Dome. There is plenty to do, both for the nature lover and the excitement seeker or shopper. Spend the day playing putt-putt, going to museums, shopping, zip-lining, skiing, ice-skating, riding go-carts, and more, then go back to Cosby Campground and sit around a campfire and relax before turning in. I can't think of a better vacation!
- Also Known As:
- Cosby Campground Hotel Cosby
- Cosby Campground Tennessee