Elkmont and Cades Cove are good camping spots. I took my wife camping in Cades Cove once, I kept telling her that bears would probably come into the camposite so we had to keep all food stuff in the truck and out of the tent. That night, i walked her to the bathroom when we saw a big snake that scared her and then in the morning we saw 3 bears just outside the campgrounds. When I told her that those bears probably walked by ouor campsite she freaked out! She hasn't asked to go camping again.