Bryson City Campground near Cherokee North Carolina

5100 Ela Road US-19
Bryson City, NC 28713

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Camp in the Great Smoky Mountains
by the Tuckasegee River
~Open all Year~

History of Ela Campground & Store

Camping in Cherokee, NCFor years the Ela Country Store has been a popular stop on the road between Bryson City and Cherokee. It’s a unique camp & fishing supplies store and information center that is a piece of North Carolina history.Originally located in the former community of Forney Creek, on the North Shore of Fontana Lake, the store was moved here in the 1950s piece by piece and then reconstructed. Forney Creek had become isolated across the lake when Fontana Dam was build in the 1940s. The store still retains the original creaky wood floors, wormy chestnut walls and board-and-batten exterior that make it a regional treasure.We are a family-oriented campground, and our camping community includes seasonal, monthly, weekly and overnight guests. We are centrally located to all the activities that make the Smokies a special vacation spot.
  • Trout fishing, tubing
  • Rafting, kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking and waterfalls
  • Shopping
  • Scenic drives
  • Cherokee Indian Reservation
  • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  • Harrah’s Casino
Stop by for a visit!Over the years the old store has inspired the artistic talents of friends and guests. The beautiful painting and the woodcut are on display in the store.Ela Campground

Cherokee Campground - Smokey Mountains