Monday, February 25, 2013

Visit Abrams Creek Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains

Abrams Creek campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the quietest campgrounds in the Smokies. Campers reconnect with nature here and keep coming back. Abrams Creek campground is about 9 miles U.S. Highway 129 in a peaceful, beautiful corner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Abrams Campground sign
Let me warn you that finding it can be challenging. It's far enough off of the beaten path that you may want to forget GPS and go low tech. The map on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park website is your best bet for getting there.

Campers here feel that the campgound is worth the trouble. Majestic hemlock trees were once abundant in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Now, Abrams Creek Campground is one of the few places in the Smokies that still has the tall hemlock trees.
Almost all of the trees succumbed to the wolly adelgid infestation of several years ago. These add to the uniqueness of the campground and provide a cool shade during the hot summer months. 

Campers here can hike to the popular Abrams Falls. Hikers who aren't staying in the campground can park  at the Abrams Creek Ranger Station. It's a small lot so come early and don't forget to pick up a trail map while you're at the ranger station.

There are 16 campsites in the Abrams Creek Campground. These are available from early to mid-May and they usually closes in October. Tents and RVs that are up to 12' in length can be accommodated. At the time of this writing, campsites are only $14 per night. Showers are unavailable but the restrooms have cold water and flush toilets. Hookups are not available.

If you are looking for a campground with hookups, then you may want read our article about the Roan Mountain State Park campground on the Tennessee/North Carolina state line. Some say that it's just as pretty as the Abrams Creek Campground and it does have more amenities.