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Horse Cove

8 Reviews

About This Campground

National Forest

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 winter.

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  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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  • WiFi
  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)


For Campers

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

For Vehicles

  • Water Hookups


8 Reviews of Horse Cove

Ratings Breakdown

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rThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2021


A beautiful campsite. All spots are dispersed and you feel like you’re camping alone. The lake is gorgeous. We caught brim and saw several bass. Easy access in and out. Very light traffic during the day and almost nonexistent at night. You can occasionally hear an engine rev from the road a bit…

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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.

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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
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Horse Cove is located in North Carolina


From Robbinsville, NC, take U.S. Rt. 129 north 7.9 miles campground sign (Joyce Kilmer Rd. - State Rt. 1147). Turn left onto Joyce Kilmer Rd. and go 0.5 miles to a "T" intersection. Turn right at intersection (over bridge), staying on Joyce Kilmer Rd., and go 5.5 miles to campground.


35.36500069 N
83.92000097 W

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