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Top 4 Tips on Purchasing the Best Tent for Camping in the Smoky Mountains

A tent at Greenbrier Campground for camping in the Smokies.
February 26, 2019

If you always wanted to experience camping at the Greenbrier Campground but still need to buy a tent, you may be wondering how to choose the right one! While there are many sizes, types and shapes available, you don’t want one that is too big or too small for your needs. You also should consider the features that you might want so that you can make your camping adventure as comfortable as possible. If you feel a bit overwhelmed, just check out these top 4 tips on purchasing the best tent for camping in the Smoky Mountains:

1. Determine Your Sleeping Capacity

One of the most important things to consider about your tent purchase is the desired sleeping capacity. If you have a group of friends who want to go camping in the Smoky Mountains, the last thing you want is to be cramped up together in a small tent! When choosing your tent, choose the model based on your group’s size and whether you might need any additional space for gear and supplies. Generally, it is recommended that your tent provides at least 30 square feet of space for each person that will be in the tent.

2. Purchase a Three Season Tent

Blue and white tent

While you will see a wide variety of tents on the market, the best tent for overall versatility is a three season tent! This lightweight type of tent is applicable to most basic camping needs. Plus, it is well equipped to handle weather in the spring, summer and fall. Since three season tents usually include multiple mesh panels to boost air flow. Moreover, they provide good ventilation on some of the warmest summer nights in the Smokies. The mesh panels also help to keep insects out of your tent! The three season tents include a roof canopy to provide shelter from the rain and can withstand downpours.

3. Select the Features You Want

Once you have decided on the type of tent for camping in the Smoky Mountains, you can select the specific features you want in your tent! While the tent will obviously have a door, you should think about the number of doors that you need as well as their shape. For example, if you are camping with a large family or group of friends, multiple doors will help you avoid climbing over each other for those late night bathroom breaks! When it comes to the support poles, aluminum poles are the strongest and most durable. Remember that fewer poles means that you can set up faster!

4. Compare the Benefits of Single and Double Wall Tents

A tent by the river at Greenbrier Campground in the Smoky Mountains.

Now that you are ready to make your purchase, you still might be facing a choice between single wall and double wall tent options! Since each of these options has pros and cons, it is really just a matter of personal preference. The single wall tents are lighter and easier to set up, but they offer less protection and storage space. On the other hand, double wall tents offer more space and protection, but they are much heavier to handle. For more tips on tent camping, read our blog “4 Things You Should Know About Tent Camping in the Smokies.”

Now that you know how to purchase the best tent for camping in the Smoky Mountains, check out all of the information about our tent campground sites to plan your camping adventure today! We look forward to seeing you soon at the Greenbrier Campground!