Whether traveling with an RV or tent, Standing Indian Campground is a prime place to stop for a night or spend several days in the picturesque Nantahala National Forest. The campground's many amenities provide a comfortable home base for exploring this fun and historic section of the forest. Standing Indian is located within a 20-minute drive of Franklin, North Carolina.
The Standing Indian Basin is a premier hiking destination. The campground provides access to numerous trails, including the world-famous Appalachian Trail, which journeys from Georgia to Maine.
Visitors who wish to get their feet wet can experience the Nantahala River, well-known for whitewater rafting, kayaking and trout fishing (fishing license required).
Big and small game hunting is available in the surrounding area.
The campground has four loops with sites available first-come, first-served or by reservation. Sites are equipped with campfire rings, grills, lantern posts and picnic tables, and are in close proximity to drinking water, flush toilets and showers. A dump station is nearby. The campground also has a group camping area, Kimsey Creek.
The campground is surrounded by 5,000' peaks and crossed by several natural streams. It sits at an elevation of 3,880 feet at the headwaters of the scenic Nantahala River, amidst lush forests of evergreen trees and rhododendrons.
Charges & Cancellations
There is not a premium type site available but there is some nonelectric double site that is $40.00 per night.
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Standing Indian is located at 4000+ feet , 20 minutes from Franklin,NC. It’s a hikers dream with the Appalachian Trail skirting the campground and several other trails crossing through the campground. The campground can accommodate a pup tent or a 45ft motor home. No electricity or water is available per site, but each loop does have 2 community water faucets and a bathhouse with flush toilets and push button showers, bathhouses are clean and modern. Each site has a concrete picnic table and combination fire ring/grill. Loops 1-2 & 3 have a mix of sites , wooded and open that can accommodate tents or motor homes. Loop 4 is wooded, offering lots of privacy but is more suitable to tents or small (
This campground is very spacious and in the beautiful NC mountains right outside of Franklin. Each site has a firepit, picnic bench, and leveled gravel space for pitching a tent. While there we noticed that the site is most used by RVs but that there is plenty of space to get your own private site. They have a nice bathroom building and regularly spaced out water pumps. If you visit make sure to drive a little further down the road and take some of the many hikes along the river. I suggest the Laurel Falls trail to a gorgeous secluded waterfall where you can take a dip on a hot summer day. I will warn you the water is very cold though but well worth it. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Gear Review: As a Dyrt Ranger, I also get products to test and review in the field. I recently got to test Cotopaxi's Inca 26L Backpack while I was at Standing Indian Campground. The pack was a really nice size for day outings and I love having the seperate compartment in the back for a hydration bladder. My water stayed cold all day which is impressive in the southern summer heat. We were able to fill the bag with 3 towels, swimsuits, water, and plenty of snacks for the day and room to spare. They have also included a handy pocket on top for sunglasses and other small items you dont want to get lost. I am excited to try this pack out on a longer trek soon! Check out the pack here: https://www.cotopaxi.com/collections/technical-packs/products/inca26l