I don’t know the direction your are taking for the Lakeshore Trail but here are a few tidbits of info you may find handy. You may already know these but others contemplating this trial may find them useful? Traveling West to East.
1. If parking at Fontana Dam park at the upper lot above the visitors center. Park service prefers this and I have parked here safely many times. There is a small parking area at the trailhead but the dam is closed to vehicle traffic and this lot is not accessible presently.
2. Visitors Center has maps, gifts, drinks etc… Restrooms are available here with a shower facility. The backcountry pass board is located on the left end of the restroom facility
3. If you come in the night before and you don’t mind shelters the Fontana “Hilton” shelter is just up the hill(small parking area on the right) before you get to the VC.
4. The trailhead is across the dam. Stay to the right and the road dead ends at the Lakeshore and AT. AT to the left and the LS Trail straight ahead.
EAST SIDE- I would not park at the “Tunnel” (Road to No Where dead end) unless day hiking only. Too many break ins! Leave car at Fontana and shuttle here. Jeff and Nancy at the “Hike-Inn” is who I used and recommend.
#90- Fairly large/ just off Eagle Creek/can be busy as this is also a popular horse camp/ popular with bear but no worries.
#88- This is the newest campsite on LS Trail. Medium size to the right about a mile before #86. Water source is a small feeder stream that you step over when entering the camp trail.
#86- Large, nice, well known, camp on Hazel Creek. Likely to be busy depending on time of year. Hazel Creek is very rich in history and to some, the finest trout stream in the GSMNP! When you stand in front of the old Calhoun house the campsite is just across the creek.
#81- Medium size, down a small hill, a with a small stream for water supply. Have not camped here but have stopped twice for a snack. Don’t know why but I have always liked this little spot?
#77- Small site with water
#76- Very small campsite and thus why I like it. Stayed here twice. Water to the left of camp.
#98- Very disappointed in the lack of LNT by the horse campers at this site! Moved on due to horse poo, trash, and flies. Good water supply. I would pull water well above the campsite or any for that matter.
#74- Fairly large nice site on Forney Creek. Can be busy depending on time of year. Another fly fishing destination and relatively easy road access for hikers.
* The few negatives I intimated pale in comparison to the natural beauty of this trail and really bare no weight. I have hiked this trail fall and spring and will do it again. I have seen more bears here then any trail in the park! Never been mocked charged. They are always busy heading south!
The above information is from memory and subject to change so double check my thoughts as I did not do a detailed analysis of my prior hikes….
Have a great hike and I will happily answer any questions…Mark