Rocky Bluff Campground offers solitude in a wooded setting and is located 3 miles south of Hot Springs. The 1.2 mile Spring Creek Nature Trail circles the campground and meanders beside the creek, an excellent trout stream. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day.
The campground itself is beautiful - nestled in the forest, it feels very remote. Each campsite has a ~10x10 level tent pad, a nice picnic table & fire box. There's a mix of more open campsites (if you want a few next to each other for a larger group) or a little more secluded. If you want really secluded - there is an upper loop that the road is closed, but you can hike your stuff up to if you'd like. The bathrooms were nice & clean, and there are spigots for drinking water. The park also features a lovely little loop trail that follows along a stream, which was nice & cool despite the fact that I visited in late July. The last neat feature is a small and very old cemetery above campsite 10
The nearby town Hot Springs is about 8 minutes away and features everything you would need - food, a few small convenience stores, and gas.
The negative bit is I got absolutely eaten alive by chiggers at this campsite, so make sure you apply bug spray!
What a fabulous find. I wandered here during the night on my way to Burnsville. I couldn't ask for a better campground. The nearby town is just indescribably lovely, and the campground itself is just gorgeous. I can't believe it is only 8 bucks a night. If you're on the fence stay a night and you won't want to leave. This campground is in danger of being shut down due to revenue loss and park funding cuts so come show it some love!
Beautiful campground on the side of a mountain, just ouside of Hot Springs, NC. Very well designed & built campground so each sight has privacy and a view of the smokey mountain forest all around you. Very clean campground. Nice bathrooms.