Re: Camping in the Smokies
The ranger station closes in the evening(not sure what time maybe 6pm maybe 8pm) but they post a list of available sites outside the ranger station on the bullitin board. Last time I went I arrived at 8pm and the station was closed. Looked at the available campsites and did not like any of them so I picked one that was empty and set up. Went to the ranger station at 9am the next morning and officially checked in. If you do not have a reservation you can go online to the nps reservation site ( i highly recommend you do that), if not it is first come first served as far as sites go. Does not matter what time you get there at night but there are no hookups (water or electric) and it is very dark at night in the campground. Great place to stay...hope you enjoy your camp.