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Most Recent Dillsboro Camping Reviews
Drive up site by the lake/boat launch

Note that there are multiple campsites on this lake, some are drive up, some you have to walk to. There is also a campground called "Lake Santeetlah" that is not free. The site by the boat launch was quiet, free, and had beautiful views of the lake. I arrived right before sunset on a week day and found it unoccupied. There was a picnic table, and established flat area to set up a tent. No bathrooms or running water available.

Warning: the road to get to Lake Santeetlah has endless sharp turns & drop-offs, would not recommend driving this in the dark.

Separated, serene lots

First time renting a teardrop trailer and camping in it, lot was tricky for us to back into but we managed and the set up was great with a fire ring, picnic table, potable water and hook up. Also a great view. Nice and quiet site with bathrooms and showers nearby.

Thanksgiving Weekend

It is so hard to get a reservation here, so we decided to take what we could get so we could try it out! Staff is very nice, park is clean and I’m sure in the summer it is bustling! Lots of cool summer activities and some amazing scenery and views of the lake. A tip to get reservations! Call and put your name on a waiting list for the dates you need. If they have cancellations, they call the people on the list instead of releasing the dates on the website!

Friendly Staff and Quiet Camping

I stayed here for 2 nights of winter camping in December 2020. All sites have electric and water but we were tent camping and didn’t use either. We stayed in site 5 which is close to bathrooms but not too close. We had a beautiful view of the lake and our site was right next to the river. There’s a few small docks across the pathway that overlook the water so it felt like we had our own private dock to enjoy while camping out. 

Site 5 is a back in slot but it was my favorite camp site out of the entire park. Big enough for 2 tents and 2 cars. No campsite at this campground is very secluded but Site 5 didn’t feel as open as some of the others might have been.

The bathhouse was very clean and there’s a laundry room there for you to do laundry. Bring your kayaks and explore the lake using the docks close by. There’s a huge pavilion and playground for kids to enjoy as well as a nice grassy area for dogs. The camp hosts on site are very nice and there’s a nature trail and short little hike to a beautiful waterfall less than a mile away. I got 1-2 bars of service with Verizon LTE which was nice to be able to still check weather, etc.

Really nice and well kept!

The owners were a really nice couple. They have put a lot of thought and time in building and "decorating " the. campground. Some sites a sort of close but most are satisfactory.  We would definitely stay again if in the area.

Perfect RV spot

Spent 3 nights here in December and loved it. We seemed to be the only ones out camping during this time in that whole area. It was the perfect spot for our travel trailer. The other sites did not look to be too RV friendly. This site was long and pretty flat. The lake is beautiful to wake up to each morning, definitely looks to be a popular lake in the summer. It’s right next to a boat ramp and parking lot but saw no one there during our stay. There is also a town only 30mins away.

Close to attractions

We stayed for 4 nights the weekend before thanksgiving. When we booked we asked for one of the creek side sites. Were told that no sites were reserved and we would be given a site on arrival.

When we arrived the camp was fairly empty but we were told that we couldn't get a creek site because they were being held for people coming in a few days. That was a bit disappointing. Since we were told they didn't hold any sites. Most of those sites stayed empty the entire time we were there.
We were given a site on the side of a very steep hill with quite a few fallen and hanging trees. They were very scaring looking as if they could tumble at any strong wind. The staff was friendly though. And we did enjoy the stay. Just can't make much sense of the site we were given. I think if we were told the truth to start it would have been better.

The office wasn't manned which is understandable for late November. And you cannot call and reach anyone. You have to call and leave a msg and wait for a call back.

Lake Jocassi

I title it Lake Jocassi because this is the main attraction here. One of the countries most beautiful lakes (personal opinion).
Plenty of room between your RV and the neighbors, clean and heated bathhouses.

Looking glass mountain is the photo.

Some great, some okay

There are 9 sites here down a decent gravel road. You have to drive past the cemetery and you’ll see the sign. A few of the spots are really basic and had some trash left :( I tent camped at spot 9 and it was fantastic. Lots of firewood and enough space for 4 or 5 tents. Site 9 had a little trail down to the lake, 2 fire pits and a picnic table. Very secluded from everything and a great view of the water. Would definitely stay here again


This place has absolutely breathtaking views, nice lake, well stocked little office store, nice game room, did not do the equestrian part, but I’m sure it’s well worth it.. town is not far and has some good shopping and local restaurants. Definitely worth the trip…