Cataloochee Group Camping
Cataloochee Group Campground is a 4-site camp located in the historic Cataloochee Valley of Great Smoky Mountains National Park just outside of Maggie Valley, NC and close to Waynesville, NC. Make reservations online or call 877-444-6777. Click here for more information on Cataloochee Campground.
Map & Directions
Group camping at Cataloochee requires reservations.
Maximum No. People: 25
Cost per night: $40
Camping Policies | Other Group Campgrounds
Cataloochee Campground sits at an elevation of 2,600 feet. There are no electric hookups or shower facilities, only running water and bathroom facilities. The campground is surrounded by picturesque mountain ranges and pristine mountain streams, including Cataloochee Creek.
Recreational activities include hiking and fishing. There are two main trails, Caldwell Fork and Rough Fork Trail. Both trails extend alongside scenic creeks and streams and support both hikers and horseback riders. For hikers only, the 3.9-mile Boogerman Trail forms a loop off the Caldwell Fork Trail and is less than a mile walk from the campground.
Elk are often seen grazing in the fields of the Cataloochee valley.
The popular fishing waters of Cataloochee Creek form one border of the campground, and a small feeder stream forms the other border. In between this is a flat, canopied with stately white pines. These waters provide some of the best Rainbow and Brook trout fishing in the area.
Horseback riding is available at the Cataloochee Horse Camp.
The campground has warm days and cool nights during the summer months. Six of the campsites are along Cataloochee Creek. A few others border the small feeder stream. All campsites are roomy and placed amongst the pines. Bears are often sighted at this campground, so properly store your food.
Most RV campers shy away from this campground because the park service does not recommend that RVs make the long drive over rough gravel roads. A comfort station is located at the head of the campground next to the campground host. It has flush toilets for each sex and a cold water faucet that pours into a large sink. Another water spigot is at the other end of the campground.
Services & Amenities:
• Comfort Station
3576 Ranger Station Road
Waynesville, NC 37876
Directions: Exit I-40 at exit 20, 25 miles west of Asheville, NC (87 miles east of Knoxville, TN). Turn right onto Cove Creek road 1/10 mile from I-40. Follow Cove Creek Road to the Park boundary. The road goes from pavement to gravel to pavement. Upon reaching the pavement the second time, turn left. Go 2.5 miles and turn right onto a dirt road after crossing a bridge. Go 1 mile to group camp gate.