I had the time of my life during my stay here from September 29 to October 3, 2013. Despite my stay coinciding with the ridiculous government shutdown and the subsequent closing of the national park on October 1, they allowed campers already there to stay until the 3rd, which was my original departure date anyway. More on that on Cades Cove Confined, but below is more general information on the campground and the differences in the loops.
159 total sites — 128 Standard Non-Electric — 29 Tent only
2 Electric (Handicapped only C31 & C57)
4 pull-throughs (C8, C13, C14, B46)
No water hookups at sites; no showers, 4 restroom buildings
Campground open year round – see Season Dates for more info
B Section: (Generators Allowed)
There are a few sites on the first row to the left after entering B Loop that are designated “A” – this row backs up to the parking lot for the store. Sites A-1 – A-5 are handicapped sites and have concrete pads.
B Loop road starting with B-57 on the left
The most requested sites in the B Loop are on the row that backs up to the woods at the far side (B-70 – 85).
Sites B-84 and B-85
Reserve America lists these sites as accommodating RVs 33′ to 34′ in length. But it depends on your rear overhang, because during my stay, I was in B-69 (listed for 33′) and I fit with no problem in my 35′ motorhome and was able to park my car in front.
But I think my first choice would be B-83 on the other side of the road for this nice big yard to the side. Carol & Terry from Georgia say this has always been their favorite, too, and they’ve been camping here for many years.
No generator use allowed here during peak season when reservations are allowed. See Season Dates for more info. The 1 mile Pine Oak Nature Trail begins from this section and I really enjoyed my trek there.
As you can see, the Fall colors here are phenomenal – no wonder it’s the busiest time for camping here, so make your reservations early.