campground reviews

here are the reviews of the campgrounds we used in Eastern TN. and western NC.

Chillowee recreation area

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Located just north of Parkville lake on FR 77(Oscar Rd.) this campground is at 2500 feet and has some picturesque overlooks. The campsites while not secluded are very nice and there is electricity. They are quite close together and nothing to separate them. We enjoyed our stay there and it is way off the main highway. Buy anything you need in Cleveland close to I 75 before arriving

Van Hook Glade

Right on a very busy highway and the noise from Dry falls can be annoying. Centrally located bathroom with “Warm” showers. Not the best we stayed in but adequate for one or two nights. Make purchases in Franklin or Highlands before arriving. 3/4 mile from Dry falls.

Davidson river

Located on Hwy 276 just west of Brevard. We stayed two nights at this campground and can not recommend it enough. Secluded and many sites right on the river. Nice walking path along the river side. beautiful setting. Very clean baths and showers, once again warm. A little traffic noise from Hwy 276 that runs above the site. Located within almost walking distance of Brevard and a Wal Mart. Internet available at two McDonalds locations.


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Located in the GSMNP just north of the Cherokee entrance on Hwy 441. Fairly nice, no showers but nice bath. The campsites are not separated and can get noisy till 11 PM at Quiet time. was not one of my favorites. Next time I will avoid the national park except for Deep creek. Make purchases in Cherokee, NC before arriving

Deep Creek

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Located just north of Bryson City in the GSMNP this is “THE” one to camp in on the NC side of the park. Picturesque, quiet and secluded. the creek runs right through the camp. Fantastic walking trail to three waterfalls. This is a “walk in” site so you have to park away from the tent pad. We found one close to the parking area to minimize the distance. If not it is at least 100 yards to the sites at the back of the campground, along the river. I love this site and will be back next year. There are seasonal stores on E. Deep Creek road and in Bryson City

Horse cove

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Located next to the Joyce Kilmer memorial forest, this small secluded camp ground is right on Santeetlah creek. The entrance road is quite steep and the restroom is at the bottom of the road. There is some traffic noise from Hwy 129 and there is no place to buy food or anything else closer than Robbinsville. Not far north of the Cherohala skyway it is a nice place to camp.


One Response to “campground reviews”

  1. Hey Rick great breakdown, if I were to ever head that way your information would be very useful.

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