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We stayed for one summer night. It was perfectly quaint with easily assessable trails and overlooks to see the best views. Perfect weather during the say and slightly chilly at night. It was super quiet at night so we had to keep our music very...More
Everyone that goes here either loves it or dislikes it. You will love it if you want to be away from tourist traps and enjoy being in the woods. Wonderful views and lots of hiking. Overlook has best sunsets in the Smokies. Downside is small...More
During the government shutdown of 2013 we went to Pisgah Campground and it was good but the weather had been really wet all year.In August 2014 we returned to Balsam to see 54 degrees during the days of August, what could be better. Never saw...More
The area is just lush with greenery. The sites are small and no electric or water so it is rustic. We were only there one night as we were just passing through but we will return. Reservations are not accepted so it is first come,...More
We enjoyed our first visit to Balsam Mountain Campground since 2012. Was closed in 2013 due to the silly sequester. The campground was as beautiful as ever. We picked spot #18 on the one-way portion of the loop road. The campground did not seem to...More
This a very old campground. The layout is some isolated spots and some spots up against each other. There is actually a reason for the seemingly odd layout. An engineer made the layout so people who tent camp could be social... More
This a very old campground. The layout is some isolated spots and some spots up against each other. There is actually a reason for the seemingly odd layout. An engineer made the layout so people who tent camp could be social with fellow campers without intruding on their camp simply because they were just right there due to the proximity.
Some people love this, I do. Others feel they don't have privacy.
The sites are all for "tents". However the hosts and rangers will permit small campers to pull up next to the site except for 26 27 28 29 30 and 31 that are walk up tent sites. But these sites have bear boxes so you don't need to store food in the car.
This place is a must do if you tent camp. No power, narrow road so the large campers and motor homes stay away. Cool always because you are at 5300 feet. In late May is still hovers at 35 to 45 at night.
Nights in July and August are 48 to 58 at night and 58 to 68 in the day.
Do try it, you'll be back.
There are a lot of trees around the campground so view is limited. You can see to the west at the sites 14 15 16 26 and 31 there are nice. There is a nice overlook about 1/2 mile away. If you want a nice view but you will be... More
There are a lot of trees around the campground so view is limited. You can see to the west at the sites 14 15 16 26 and 31 there are nice. There is a nice overlook about 1/2 mile away. If you want a nice view but you will be in the sun more there is Mile High Campground at the turn off on the parkway.
Response from amypizzutibrown | Reviewed this property |
I would bring baby wipes to use at night before bedtime or in morning and then once or twice we boiled a bucket of hot water and did a sponge bath. I would wash my hair in bathroom over sink. It was cold. It totally doable