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Old 06-13-2019, 07:54 PM   #1
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Smokey Mountains (Elkmont) dump station question

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This weekend, my family and I will be traveling from the Philly area to Elkmont Campground in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park (with a 1 night lay-over in VA).* Elkmont does not have water/sewer/electric, but their website references the Sugarland Visitor’s Center as their dump station.* Does anyone know if they have potable water available at the dump station to fill my FW tank?* I do not want to travel 6.5 hours from VA to Elkmont with a full FW tank if I don’t have to.
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:12 PM   #2
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Don't know for sure, but it doesn't look like, based on their website:

Dump stations with potable water are located at Cades Cove, Cosby, Deep Creek, Look Rock, and Smokemont campgrounds. In addition, there is a dump station located across the road from the Sugarlands Visitor Center, approximately six miles from Elkmont Campground.

https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvis...ry-camping.htm
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:29 PM   #3
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Dump stations with potable water are located at Cades Cove, Cosby, Deep Creek,
Not sure I would take a drink from Cosby. Enjoy your trip.
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I would give them a phone call and ask. I am sure we didn't travel there with a full tank, but I really don't remember. We were there for 4 days about 5 years ago.
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I was there in 2017 and they do have potable water at the visitor center. But I would still call to verify.
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:11 PM   #6
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Does anyone know if they have potable water available at the dump station to fill my FW tank?
There is a 2-hole dump station with potable water available. IIRC, it's on your left as you enter. Great campground. Be sure to visit the stables. That's where they sell ice.
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Old 06-14-2019, 03:27 PM   #7
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Love Elkmont

We are dry campers, BUT Elkmont is a gem, we have been going there at least once a year since 1980.
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Old 06-14-2019, 04:11 PM   #8
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You will love Elkmont. that was our vacation spot for over 30 years. Fly fishing is great, hiking is great, just getting in the creek is great but a little chilly at first. If you want a fun hike, make Reservations at Mt. LeConte. There are numerous trails to hike up and back. You spend the night, have dinner and breakfast. Great experience and if you have kids, it is a must. When we did it, we saw bears (we did not bother the and they did not bother us), deer, turkeys, and you could see just about anything. The Quiet Walks are nice also, they have a pull off and you can just go for a nice easy hike. If the time of year is right, you may want to go to Cherokee and see the outdoor play - Unto These Hills - it is about the Trail of Tears but very well done. I also took a very large tarp - 60x80 and covered our entire campsite - made for meeting lots of people as it can be very moist there. A hike to Alum Cave Bluff is a must also. As you can see, we enjoyed the park, the wildlife and nature. There is also Pidgeon Forge and Gatlinburg with all the tourist stuff - wineries, Fanny Farkles, Mahalia's Kitchen (candy). Eat at Bennet's BBQ, Huck Finns, Apple Barn for some good food. There is a new thing in Gatlinburg - Anakeesta - provides a great view of everything and there is a Skywalk that is the longest suspension bridge in North America.
Have fun and enjoy the memories. Also, be sure you keep your windows up in your RV or tow vehicle - we did not one evening and a bear went into our brand new car and finally out but it did not hurt anything. The camera was still in the car so no pics but a very small dent in the driver side top where he held on to flip down into the car from the roof.
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Elkmont is on our bucket list.
We're a 23' TT. Any size issues?
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Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. I'll post back after we set up on Sunday. We're a 33' travel trailer and had no issues with our reservation.
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