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Croatan National Forest, NORTH CAROLINA

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Great hidden gem

This is just between Clayton & Dillard.  The bath houses are super clean and the site was very well maintained.  The views at this campground are amazing.  Clayton offers several local restaurants that are great as well as a few chain restaurants.  Just a short 30 minute drive over the mountain takes you to Highlands, NC….this little town was fantastic.  Tons of great restaurants and also lots of boutique & antique shopping.

Whispering River

Nice clean and quite. Perfect spot for a long term stay. They have tent and RV sites as well as a couple of cabins. Very friendly staff.

Good free camping

Find a spot early. Bathrooms are relatively clean nice fishing close by. Twra fish hatchery just a short drive away. Lots to do for hiking fishing and just exploring the outdoors.


On the Hiwassee River! There are lots of beautiful scenery, fishing, hiking to the Gee Creek falls, and floating down the river! If you get up early, you can walk out into the river, just be sure to watch for the water to rise! They let the dam open and it rises fast! Not far up the road, there are other places to go white water rafting, as well as hiking! The park rangers are awesome and are always eager to teach new things! The campground is great! Most of the sites are spaced apart well, so your not right up against your neighbors!

Great campground by the river, but with little privacy and touristy-vibe

Camped here with a large group spread over two campsites. We pitched tents right by the water which was awesome. It was quiet, but there wasn't much separation between campsites and often found other campers just people-watching the entire trip.

With Gatlinburg nearby, and the overall size of the campgrounds, it felt very touristy and not like a typical camping trip. While we had fun, we probably would not return for these two reasons.

Elkmont is a 40 minute drive from Clingman's Dome, which was, as one of my friends put it "the greatest experience i've had camping, ever". Great trails to be found all over the place, too.

No cell service available, which was also great, if you care about that.

Great place to relax and enjoy time away

I love this place, no matter if we are tent camping or trying to fit our camper into the spots. Yes the spots are a bit tight but it is great place to camp. They updated the campground store and now have a huge selection of items. If you ever get a chance to go for the night hike don't pass it up. The stars are amazing out in the fields at night. One thing to do is make sure you keep your campsite clear as wildlife is all over the place. Yes bears will walk through camp.

Beautiful mountain area with waterfall, creek, and lake.

One of the nicest campsites I’ve camped at. We choose the walk in as the parking was still really close but there are only two of these sites. The creek runs right next to them and it was so peaceful and beautiful. The trails along the lake were nice and the dogs enjoyed it.

Great spot

For a camping spot in the heart of the thicket, this was great! I had a spot right on the river and it was always quiet - even being right next to the hotel. The trolley comes right to the park and there is also walking paths to nearly everything you need if you would rather do that. My kid loved it too because he was able to play without worrying too much. Everyone was friendly and we had a blast.

Nice campground

I missed the summer fun but it was a great place in mid October.

Love this campground

Great in winter which is normally closed but Cades cove is closed so I got to stay in campground and it was quite compared to summer. Summer time you have shuttle that runs to Gatlinburg so you don’t have to drive. Hiking great too.