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Horse Cove Campground

7 Reviews

About This Campground

One loop of campground closed due to a water system issue.  

This campground, near the entrance to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, has 18 campsites located beside a rushing mountain stream, Little Santeetlah Creek. A few sites remain open year-round, although no water is available in the…

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites


For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Water Hookups


  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite
  • Boat In
    Boat to your campsite


7 Reviews of Horse Cove Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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Katie S.
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2019

Gorgeous wilderness, no amenities

This campground has very few sites and they don’t allow pre-bookings. It’s very rustic - there is a bathroom with toilets but no showers. The campground is walking distance to Joyce Kilmer memorial forest and a boat launch on lake Santeetlah. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever camped.

vickie V.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2018

Great Little Hideaway Haven

If you drive the Cherohala Skyway from Tellico plains, make a left onto Joyce Kilmer Road. You'll come to an intersection; Left gets you Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Straight ahead will garner you a fabulous view from Maple Springs Overlook, and Right, will take you by Hose Cove Campground. Go…

  • This road is a bit rough, but paved, flanking above the campground
  • I always have a pocket full of rocks:)
  • Just a couple minutes drive from Horse Cove
Cheryl B.
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2018

Great step before backpacking!

Very peaceful campground! You can find sites the you can pull right up to or one like ours J2 that you have to park and hike about .25-.5 mi to camp out. It is right off a lake for access to water, (must purify yourself) because we werent close to the purified water. We loved swimming in the lake…


Horse Cove Campground is located in North Carolina


Horse Cove Campground is located 13 miles north of Robbinsville, NC near the entrance to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.


35.3649759 N
83.91999197 W

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