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Birmingham, Alabama
Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

Everyone that goes here either loves it or dislikes it. You will love it if you want to be away from tourist traps and enjoy being in the woods. Wonderful views and lots of hiking. Overlook has best sunsets in the Smokies. Downside is small sites, no showers and 40 minutes to town. If you like tent camping and love...

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11Thank Gunny W
Birmingham
Reviewed 31 January 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...

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11Thank SgtGWebb
New York City, New York
Reviewed 26 October 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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5Thank Ralinda L
Cincinnati, Ohio
Reviewed 26 July 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...

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11Thank biffburley
Columbia, South Carolina
Reviewed 3 June 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...

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48Thank JonLugoff_SC
Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 30 May 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...

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8Thank Caesar1pup
Stapleton, Georgia
Reviewed 9 August 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...

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7Thank Kent_Hold
Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 1 July 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...

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11Thank Caesar1pup
Annapolis, Maryland
Reviewed 22 August 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...

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22Thank james r
Little Rock, Arkansas
Reviewed 5 August 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...

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Address: 107 Park Headquarters Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37738
Region: United States > Tennessee > Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Number of rooms: 46
Also Known As:
Balsam Mountain Campground Hotel Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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“Bring firewood before you come or plan accordingly. They do not have any available for sale as in the distant past. Also plan on it storming at least half the time since the campground is so high (5300 feet).”
 of 5 bubbles biffburley, 25 Jul 2014 | Read review
“get there early as there are no reservations”
 of 5 bubbles rsdata, 18 Jun 2011 | Read review
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