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3 Tips for Planning Your Spring Stay at The Cades Cove Campground

Tree at Cades Cove during springtime
February 15, 2023

Spring is an absolutely beautiful time in Great Smoky Mountains National Park! The season brings warmer temperatures, opportunities to see gorgeous flowering plants, and plenty of activities to experience. If you are wanting to experience the beauty of the changing season, a stay in the Cades Cove Campground is a great idea! There you’ll be able to camp under the stars and wake up smelling fresh mountain air. Are you thinking of planning a trip soon? Here are 3 tips for planning your spring stay at the Cades Cove Campground:

1. Book Ahead of Time for The Cades Cove Campground

RV campingThe Cades Cove Campground is one of the only campgrounds in the Smoky Mountains open year-round. This means you have plenty of opportunities to go camping throughout the year! If you are interested in a spring stay at the campground, we recommend booking your reservations way ahead of time. You can make reservations up to 6 months in advance! Keep in mind spots tend to fill up quickly during their peak season. The cost for individual campsites is priced at $25 per night for both tent camping and RV camping. Use the interactive map to see all available options and find the perfect base camp for you.

2. Plan To Visit The Campground Store Early for Rentals

One activity visitors love to do in the spring is bike around the national park, especially around Cades Cove Loop Road. The Cades Cove Campground Store has bikes that you can rent to experience the amazing views in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The bike rentals are first come first serve and come at a discounted rate during the off-season from November through March. If you are visiting during the peak season, expect to pay $10 an hour for kids 15 and younger and $15 an hour for ages 16 and up. They also do a 24 hour rental at $60 per day. There tends to be a line in the morning so we recommend arriving earlier than 7 AM to ensure you get a rental for the day. Enjoy biking around Cades Cove and experiencing the beautiful sites and history all around you!

3. Pack Appropriate Clothing for the Weather

hiking bagsSpring does bring about warmer weather but can sometimes be quite chilly in the early morning and evenings. When you are planning your spring stay at the Cades Cove Campground, be sure to pack clothing for layering. Start your mornings with more layers that you can take off as the weather warms up during the day. Another great piece of clothing to bring is a rain jacket. Spring means spring showers are possible. Be prepared for all possible weather when you visit the Cades Cove Campground this spring!

Do you feel prepared after learning these 3 tips for planning your spring stay at the Cades Cove Campground? You’ll probably want to learn a little more about the campground before you visit this spring. Here are the top 4 amenities at the Cades Cove Campground. Have a great time enjoying the beauty of springtime in the Great Smoky Mountains!

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