nomadphotog
I am converting over full time to "vanaboding" this year in my new Sprinter.  I am a professional nature photographer that spends a lot of time in places like the Smoky Mountains.  In past years, I have been very limited to the amount of time I can spend there because of the cost of lodging.  Now that I have the Sprinter I have fewer hurdles to be able to invest the time on site.  

I plan to spend most of the spring and early summer (late Aril through May) in the Smokies before heading to Glacier National Park for the Summer.  I am looking for tips and ideas on locations that are known to be stealth camping friendly in and around the Smokies.  

Based on my previous trips when I stayed in traditional lodging, I know first hand that a lot of the parking around the area, Gatlinburg in particular is monitored and controlled with parking passes.  

I am also looking for public wifi hotspots because I need to upload large image files to my website on a frequent basis (about once or twice a week on average).  

Thanks

Tim
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jasonodom
I LOVE Tellico Plains but only one way in and one way out. However free camping in many spots riverside throughout the area. I THOUGHT there was a new casino opening last year in Cherokee County somewhere nearby there and they usually love overnighters and don't bother you. Maybe Google that.
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sail4free
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As a founding member of Boondockers Welcome, of course, I must recommend them:
https://www.boondockerswelcome.com/
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Unfortunately, I only see two spots within 50 miles = one in Highlands, the other in Murphy. Then again, once you're there (or close) or at least communicating with them via Email, the hosts are often a wealth of intel about other options in the area. Most BW hosts are fellow boondockers so much of what you're looking for (free, stealth, etc.) goes without saying . . . and they're likely to know where many of those great places are. We all have our top secret special places that we'd never share short of torture but we want our new friend to enjoy their stay and end up disclosing a secret or two in spite of ourselves.
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As Jason shares in detail in his book, the biggest variable with stealth camping is doing all you can to make sure it doesn't look like that is what you're up to. That said, I encourage you to be as bold as you can mange and stretch your comfort zone a little; you'll be surprised where it takes you. I always pretend I own the joint (wherever that place might be) and that, if I don't, the powers that be will let me know soon enough. With no exception worth mentioning, the worst that can happen is you'll be asked to move. A humble spirit (even a temporary one) and "Sure -- no problem" is all it takes and you're on your way to some other -- and most likely better -- place.
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We used to camp in all sorts of unusual (less than approved) FREE spots in East Glacier and were never asked to move -- not even once! Most folks are preoccupied having their own good time and any idiot can see that your presence (wherever that might be) isn't hurting a thing and might actually be good for business. I always figure I have as much right to BE wherever I am as anyone else and until someone convinces me otherwise, that's just the way it is. Good luck in all that you do and we're looking forward to some positive reports from the field.
JIM P. ~ BOISE, IDAHO
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EAR
I have not stayed in Colorado for free as of yet.  But I follow some friends who lived there this past summer and may have some great recommendations.  Check their Blog out.  http://www.watsonswander.com/where/ 
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nomadphotog
Thanks for the info Jim.  I have started my research well in advance of the area, so I am sure I will be just fine and have enough to get started between the casino that Jason mentioned in Cherokee and a reasonably close wal-mart.  I have started mapping out local services that I will need such as a laundromat, etc.  I have been to the area before and have a feel for the area, so all should be good.  
Tim

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Outsource
nomadphotog,

I
am in the southern part of the Smoky Mountains.  I am near Dahlonega, Ga and I have a little room here in my front yard if all else fails.  Plus, I would love to talk to you for a wile.  I need to get a spot ready, I just need to hurry if this spot is in your Antennary. Let me know I will need about one weeks notice.          
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