Camping & Cabins

Choose from the following to find a site:


Bear Season

Be aware of bear season! Follow 'Food and Refuse Storage Requirements Closure Order' while camping:

  • Keep a clean camp.
  • Do not burn food scraps or trash in your fire ring or grill.
  • Do not store food, trash, clothes worn while cooking or toiletries in your tent.
  • Store these items out of sight in a locked vehicle, hard-sided camping trailer, in approved bear resistant containers OR suspended in a tree.
  • Secure trash can lids and dumpster doors properly after use.
14-Day Camping LimitSafe campfires

Overnight accommodations are provided at more than 30 developed campgrounds and one cabin in the Cherokee National Forest.

Choose from a wide range of outoor settings and levels of development. Some campgrounds are highly developed with large, level campsites, tables, fire rings, electricity, and bathhouses. Other campgrounds are more primitive with minimal site amenities.

At most campgrounds, sites are on a first come, first served basis. However, reservation services are now available for several popular campgrounds in the Cherokee National Forest:

  • Indian Boundary Recreation Area
  • Chilhowee Recreation Area
  • Parksville Lake Campground
  • Little Oak Campground
  • Cardens Bluff Campground
  • McNabb Group Camp
  • Donley Cabin

Reservations can be made at or by calling (877) 444-6777.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities