The Abrams Creek Experience in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Abrams Creek Experience in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is great for hikers, bikers, campers, equestrians, and anglers! Nestled on the northwest tip of the National Park, the Abrams Creek Campground and Ranger Station are definitely on the quieter side of the Smokies making it the perfect destination for making family memories to last a lifetime!

abrams-creek-j-mckee-alltrails-heysmokies

Abrams Creek in Autumn. (photo by Jennifer McKee, AllTrails)

Directions to Abrams Creek
To reach the Abrams Creek Campground (elevation 1,125 feet) and Ranger Station from the Foothills Parkway West and Highway 129 junction is approximately 8 miles. Turn left on Highway 129 to Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Happy Valley Road and turn right on Abrams Creek Road. Proceed about a mile to the Campground.

Abrams Creek Campground
Abrams Creek Campground does not accept reservations and has an on-site, first-come first-served, self-registration system. Cost per site is $14. The small campground has 16 sites for tents or RVs up to 12 feet in length. There are no electric hookups or shower facilities; only cold, running water and bathroom facilities available. Each campsite does have a picnic table and fire grate. The campground will close October 13, 2015 and re-open in mid-May 2016.

Popular Hiking Trails at Abrams Creek

Rabbit Creek Trail  – 7.8 miles in length
Rabbit Creek Trail begins near the Ranger Station and will take you into Cades Cove near the Visitor Center. Back country campsite #15 is located on this trail. Be watchful as this trail is used by both humans and horses.

Cooper Road Trail – 10.5 miles in length
Cooper Road Trail begins at the eastern end of the campground and meanders along an old road bed to access backcountry campsite #1 and then on to Cades Cove. Cooper Road Trail can be combined with Little Bottoms Trail and Abrams Falls Trail to also access Cades Cove by way of the popular Abrams FallsCooper Road Trail is open to equestrian activities.

These are just a couple of our favorites of the many trails in the Abrams Creek area, there’s also Hannah Mountain Trail, Cane Creek Trail, Gold Mine Trail, Hatcher Mountain Trail and Beard Cane Trail. So much to explore! One of our favorite resources for trail information is the book, Hiking Trails of the Smokies, available for about $20 from the Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Fishing in Abrams Creek
Because of the high-quality water chemistry of Abrams Creek, it is considered by many anglers to offer some of the best fishing in the National Park. Abrams Creek accessed from the Abrams Creek Campground contains more smallmouth bass than trout during most of the season. Better opportunities for rainbow trout are available upstream near the area known as Little Bottoms. A Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required in National Park streams and rivers.

Biking near Abrams Creek
Bicycles are not permitted on any trails in the Abrams Creek area; however, the nearby Foothills Parkway West is a favorite among cyclists.

Abrams Creek Ranger Station is located at 6537 Abrams Creek Road. Phone is 865-856-2445.
abrams-creek-smoky-mountains-park-map-heysmokies

Abrams Creek Campground and Ranger Station, located in red, are in the northwest corner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

More Hey Smokies Features:

Cades Cove Closure Scheduled
Cades Cove Closure Scheduled...
Cades Cove scheduled to close for road maintenance. Cades Cove Closure Scheduled. Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the[Read More >>]
No thumbnail available
Remember When, Lost Smoky Mountain Attractions - Rebel Railroad and Goldrush Junction...
Dolly as the engineer on the historic #192 steam engine. Remember When, Lost Smoky Mountain Attractions - Rebel Railroad and Goldrush Juncti[Read More >>]
Alum Cave Trail Closes For Bridge Replacement
Alum Cave Trail Closes For Bridge Replacement...
Alum Cave Trail closes for bridge construction GSMNP officials will implement a temporary, weekday closure of Alum Cave Trail and its parkin[Read More >>]
Smoky Mountain Pileated Woodpeckers
Smoky Mountain Pileated Woodpeckers...
Smoky mountain pileated woodpeckers bring color and music to the mountains! Smoky Mountain Pileated Woodpeckers, America’s largest woodpecke[Read More >>]
Smoky Mountain Full Wolf Moon
Smoky Mountain Full Wolf Moon...
Smoky Mountain full wolf moon is on the rise! Smoky Mountain Full Wolf Moon. Full Wolf Moon to rise on January 28, 2021. Mother Nature is g[Read More >>]
Smoky Mountain Ice Curls
Smoky Mountain Ice Curls...
Smoky Mountain ice curls, whorls, tufts, feathers and mounds—all forms that natural ice can take on the ground under the right conditions. In a[Read More >>]
GSMNP Greenbrier Ranger District Road Closure
GSMNP Greenbrier Ranger District Road Closure...
Smoky Mountain road closure.. Greenbrier Road Sections Temporarily Closed for Bridge Replacement.  Ramsey Cascades Trail, Porter[Read More >>]
No thumbnail available
New Year Black-eyed Peas And Greens Recipe...
New Year Black-eyed Peas And Greens Recipe. What is behind the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Years[Read More >>]
Smoky Mountain Long Cold Full Moon
Smoky Mountain Long Cold Full Moon...
Smoky Mountain Long Cold full moon is on the rise! Smoky Mountain Long Cold Full Moon is on the rise! The final full moon for 2020 will appe[Read More >>]
No thumbnail available
Smoky Mountain Hemlock Trees...
Smoky Mountain Hemlock Trees are receiving a lifeline. Horticulturists hope a new hybrid hemlock will prove resistant to the hemlock woo[Read More >>]
Smoky Mountain Planetary Conjunction Junction
Smoky Mountain Planetary Conjunction Junction...
Smoky Mountain Planetary Conjunction Junction has stargazers heads in the sky! Skywatchers are in for an early Christmas treat. The alig[Read More >>]
Smoky Mountain Hellbenders
Smoky Mountain Hellbenders...
Smoky Mountain Hellbenders are the largest aquatic salamanders in the national park. You may recognize the Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganien[Read More >>]
Dolly Parton Corona Virus Cure Donation
Dolly Parton Corona Virus Cure Donation...
Dolly Parton donates one million dollars to battle Covid 19. Dolly Parton Corona Virus Cure Donation. Smoky Mountain icon, Dolly Parton help[Read More >>]
Great Smoky Mountain Earthquake
Great Smoky Mountain Earthquake...
Earth quake rocks Mount LeConte. Great Smoky Mountain Earthquake rattles the Southern Appalachians Wednesday, November 11, 2020. A 2.[Read More >>]
Trillium Gap Trail Opens
Trillium Gap Trail Opens...
Grotto Falls is one of the many highlights of Trillium Gap trail! Trillium Gap Trail Opens after two years of rehabilitation. Great Smoky[Read More >>]
No thumbnail available
Bear Necessities Event Scheduled...
Bear Necessities 2020 from our den to yours. Bear Necessities Event Scheduled for Tuesday December 1, 2020. Get in the holiday spirit on Giv[Read More >>]
No thumbnail available
Rock Slide Closes Section Of Blue Ridge Parkway...
Rock slide closes section of Blue Ridge Parkway. Rock Slide Closes Section Of Blue Ridge Parkway. A rock slide closed more than 20 miles [Read More >>]
Smoky Mountains Fall Red Beauty Mountain Ash!
Smoky Mountains Fall Red Beauty Mountain Ash!...
Smoky Mountains Fall Red Beauty Mountain Ash! Who wouldn’t love a beautiful ornamental tree, not too large or too small, with an abundance of [Read More >>]
GSMNP Fall Volunteer Service Days Scheduled
GSMNP Fall Volunteer Service Days Scheduled...
Smoky Mountain service days volunteers needed! GSMNP Fall Volunteer Service Days Scheduled. Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the [Read More >>]
GSMNP Wears Valley Bike Trail Under Review
GSMNP Wears Valley Bike Trail Under Review...
Wears Valley bike trail proposal under review. GSMNP Wears Valley Bike Trail Under Review. Park officials announce Wears Valley Bike Trail E[Read More >>]