Big Creek Campground (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)

The Big Creek Campground (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) location is in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
37738. This page provides detailed contact information for this campground location including the campground phone number, office hours, reservation information and driving directions.

If you have any questions about the Big Creek Campground (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) facility, or if you need to reserve a campsite, then call the campground listed below.

107 Park Headquarters Road


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Campground information Gatlinburg, Tennessee


Big Creek Campground is located in a remote portion of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Backcountry camping in a front country setting. There are flushing toilets and potable water. This is a tent only campground with a short walk from the parking area. The beautiful flowing waters of Big Creek parallel the campground offering the visitor a pleasant soundscape and peaceful beauty. Big Creek is an oasis for hiking, swimming, wildlife, fishing, and relaxation. 


Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker’s paradise, with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short, leg-stretchers to strenuous treks. The Big Creek area offers some of the most challenging hikes within the Park. Baxter Creek trail begins near the campground and with an elevation gain of 4200′ from trail head to the summit of Mt Sterling provides a strenuous work out for the strongest of hikers. The nearby Big Creek trail offers a pleasant hike along the waters of Big Creek with a beautiful waterfall along the way.
Local anglers agree that Big Creek offers some of the best trout fishing in the area. Fly fishing is particularly good during spring months when aquatic insects hatch in large numbers. Wildlife viewing is a popular pastime, and with around 1,500 black bear living in the park, it is not uncommon for visitors to spot one. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy.


Big Creek Campground offers 12 TENT ONLY campsites for a traditional outdoor camping experience with the added convenience of flush toilets and drinking water. There are no hookups or showers at the campground. There is an emergency phone available at the Big Creek Ranger Station located 1 mile from the campground. No generator use or recreational vehicles are allowed in Big Creek Campground. There is a food storage locker available for public use.

Natural Features

Located at an elevation of 1,700′ Big Creek Campground is surrounded by picturesque mountain ranges and a pristine mountain stream. Black Bear sightings are not uncommon and some lucky visitors may spot River Otter playing in Big Creek.

Nearby Attractions

Nearby attractions include the Cataloochee Valley, Newport, TN, Cosby Campground, Hartford Whitewater Rafting, the Appalachian Trail and the Max Patch/Pisgah National Forest.


For facility specific information, please call (423) 487-2683.

Frequently Asked Questions About 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN

How do I make a reservation with Big Creek Campground (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)?

To make reservations at Big Creek Campground (Great Smoky Mountains National Park), you can call the office at 865-436-1261.

Individual Campsites: A customer who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night’s use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee. Customers that check out early or do not plan to use their reservation MUST contact the campground office the day they leave or are due to check in, in order to receive a refund. Refund requests for early departure or non use of the site made AFTER the reservation has ended will be denied. Office phone numbers are given in the Facility Contact information for each campground.

Where is Big Creek Campground (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) located?

The Big Creek Campground (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) is located at 107 Park Headquarters Road in Gatlinburg,
. This is the location you will need to go to for camping and information.

Does Big Creek Campground (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) have tent or RV camping?

Big Creek Campground (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) offers both tent and RV camping, but to confirm you will need to call the office at 865-436-1261 to make sure things haven’t changed.

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