Believe it or not, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the country. We know; we were surprised too. You’d think Grand Canyon or Yosemite would be #1, but this gorgeous stretch of wilderness on the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains welcomes over 11 million visitors every year. Part of the draw is how accessible the iconic features of the park area. You can pretty much drive to the top of Clingmans Dome, and a cruise through Newfound Gap is a must-do if you’re traveling on four wheels. But if you want to experience the rugged, off-the-beaten-path spirit of the National Park, you’re going to want to steer clear of the visitor centers and explore the edges of the park.
To help you out, we’ve compiled a handful of campsites around the park worth checking out if you want to avoid the crowds. Just remind yourself; you aren’t being antisocial, you’re going on an adventure! Keep in mind that some require reservations, which you can do here.