All backcountry campers need a free backcountry permit. They are available at most ranger stations and visitor centers. Anyone staying overnight in the backcountry must camp in a designated site or shelter. Campers need reservations to stay in a shelter. Fourteen tent areas also require reservations. Campers can make reservations by calling (865)436-1231 daily during regular business hours. For questions about the backcountry (but not reservations) phone the backcountry office at (865)436-1297.

Backcountry Campsites in Cades Cove & Elevation in feet

CampsitesElevation in feet
Cooper Road1200
Cane Creek1320
Hesse Creek1360
Kelly Gap1930
Rich Mountain3400
Turkeypen Ridge3400
Ace Gap1680
Anthony Creek3200
Ledbetter Ridge3000
Beard Cane1530
Forge Creek2600
Sheep Pen Gap4640
Flint Gap2050
Rabbit Creek1550
Scott Gap1700
Little Bottoms1240

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