There are some people who fear the encroachment of technology upon our lives, longing instead for dedicated family time around the campfire. Rest assured, camping remains one of the most popular ways Americans choose to spend their time off; over 40 million people went camping back in 2010 over a total of 515 million outings. While each state has their own natural wonders to behold, very few reach the splendor of camping in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains.
Smoky Mountain Camp Grounds
The Smoky Mountains encompass a range of 816 square miles, making them some of the largest natural areas in all of Appalachia. Camping in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains can take many different forms from camp sites, cabin rentals, and camp resorts for those who still want modern comforts. Around 70% of camping is done at a public campground: 86% of survey respondents go camping with tents; 33% regularly do so in cabins; 24% have recently camped in an RV; and only 2% slept in a yurt (a circular tent traditionally used by Mongolian nomads).
Enjoying the Splendor of Nature
The Smoky Mountains is one of the few unspoiled places left in Tennessee, and as a result nature has flourished where humans have halted themselves. Extensive hiking trails and fishing locations dot the landscape; this is important as most people who camp also hike or fish while on vacation. Animals like elk, raccoons, turkeys, woodchucks, and whitetail deer inhabit the region, offering unique wildlife encounters for nature-lovers of all ages. For those who enjoy the more floral side of nature, you’ll be happy to know that there are over 1,500 indigenous flowering plants in the Smoky Mountains. Whether you’ve been there once, or been there hundreds of times, the Great Smoky Mountains offer unique experiences to campers every time.
Hiking is the most popular activity among campers; 92% said they hiked.