Well, one mile above the rest. Such a sight to see. Check your tour cd to verify it works before driving away from the gate. It is helpful as you drive through and not all function correctly. Plenty of hiking trails but some close in the winter months. Picnic and play areas. Educational spots for the little ones. Breathtaking views.
I loved the area we stayed at in Grandfather Mountain Campground. I've been multiple times throughout the summers and have always enjoyed staying at one of the campsites right by the river. The campsite is always clean and friendly staff are there ready to answer questions on where to hike, eat and about the wildlife that's in this area of Western North Carolina. If you're lucky enough to catch one of the beautiful sunsets, I would recommend sitting in the grassy field (also on option to camp there) and take in the mountains laced with purples and pinks as the sun sets. And of course you'll have to hike grandfather mountain and walk across the swinging bridge. I finally went this last trip and was not disappointed! There is an intense hike that included climbing up latters and leads to beautiful views!
This campground is also close to Boone, NC. It is a cute little town that has a sweet downtown area to walk around in and grab a beer. If you like breakfast food I would highly recommend trying Melanie's. There food is to die for, and also very earth conscious.
As far as campgrounds go , it wasn't bad . Just something is it's a self service check in which I didn't know , and when I asked for help one of the camp host wasn't vary helpful but since I had a reservation I just needed to go to the site( which was not posted ) . Our neighbors had a generator going ( which is posted that it's prohibited) which was on for the 1st day before someone finally told them to turn it off . Our site was beautiful and overlooked the lake , but you couldn't get to the water from our site , there was about a 6 ft cliff so for kayaking you have to go down the road from the campground and pay $2.00 for a day pass . It's not a bad place to stay just don't know if I'll ever go back .
One of the best small campgrounds to spend time with your family. Very quiet and relaxing. Great fishing with access to river for kayak or conoe. Can enjoy fire with your own fire pit or the community fire pit.
We stopped here at zero dark thirty enroute to Hungry Mother State Park. It was dark, very quiet and sorta creepy. NO ONE was in the primitive camp area which is located off the main campground road , down a gravel road into the trees. This would be an excellent group site because all six tent pads surround this huge fire ring and there’s a nice pavilion with water, power and plenty of picnic tables. I was not interested in getting too comfortable just for a few hours sleep so I aired up my small mattress and crashed in the truck. We were up at the crack of sunlight and exploring. Two, small, nice full service campgrounds with a small store and playground. CCC style hiking trail up around the Natural Tunnel that offers some pretty views. There is a chairlift , gift shop and other attractions , BUT…don’t plan to do anything before 10 am, that’s when everything opens. So we hiked and then got on our way up the road.
This is a wonderful family campground with amazing people running the campground close to Boone and Banner Elk. There is a beautiful creek that runs through the property. Campsites are level. Bathhouse is adequate but they could use an additional restroom facility on the cabin/tent side of the creek. Only downside is the road noise from Hwy. 105 which can be extremely noisy.
This is a privately owned and operated small campground that's been in the family for years. When I say its quiet, there were only 5 others camping there. My spot was literally on the Shanendoah River. Most of the spots have RVs that folks keep there as their weekend get-away. Tent sites offer electric, have picnic table, a fire ring, and even wood provided for you! Cash or check only. No credit cards even accepted. The small local store across the street offers basics. Bathrooms are clean and there is a shower. Stan, the owner is super friendly and comes around to visit campers. Highly recommend!!!!
Awesome campground love coming here! It’s super peaceful and super beautiful! The campgrounds are well kept up and there is showers and bathrooms! The camp host are super helpful and super friendly! The campground provides tubes for floating down the river and also there is a rafting center right down the road! Great place for a weekend getaway!
This campground is great for a full hookup experience. We enjoyed the pond for fishing and the playground. The campground has lots of events at their community building. They were having a campground wide yard sale while we were there which was great. Sites are level and easily accessible.
Great place to camp and fish.
Spent a lot of time here in my younger days. Great place to take kids for picnic and to play in the Creek.
The bathroom that we used (at the top of the campground) is in need of updating. The showers in particular were moldy and didn’t drain well.
The campsites were amazing and ours backed up to a state park. In late July it was cool in the evenings. Some of the fire rings have ‘flip over’ grills which were super convenient. My 95 lb dog was welcome also. Very pretty Campground!
About 20 minutes from Boone NC, a new parking area and approach trail begin the Profile hike. This parking area has been in the works for years and we were excited to finally see the new bathhouse and extension of the trail.
We parked near the bathhouse and filled out our slip (required of all campers and hikers) before climbing grandfather mountain. Several additional campsites have been added in this area, as well as some being closed due to black bear activity.
We hiked about 3 miles, past the creek, through rhododendron tunnels and through grassy gatherings of stinging nettles. Our son told everyone we passed not to touch them, but that they could eat them!
We made it to the Profile campsite - about a mile from the top, but a great campsite. There are several great trees for hanging hammocks and two good tent pads sites. This site also has bear cables for hanging food and items that the bears would deem interesting. We were only here for half an hour before additional campers joined us. They entered as loud, cursing college students, but changed their language upon seeing our youngest and were very friendly.
We enjoy the campfire pit here best as it is surrounded by rocks that block the wind and make a fire possible at this elevation, but this trip ended in a severe thunderstorm and lots and lots of rain which made that impossible this time. There are no facilities at this campsite - but this is a great intro to backpacking site to use as the hike is reasonable, both in length and elevation.
As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get to test products. At this campsite, I tested the Mountain House Chicken Noodle Casserole which was delicious!! https://www.mountainhouse.com/m/product/homestyle-chicken-noodle-casserole.html
We most commonly carry our own dehydrated concoctions or more basic meals, but I was pleasantly surprised by both the texture and taste of the Chicken Noodle Casserole. 2 adults and 1 child shared this meal (listed as 3 servings) and were pleasantly satisfied. We rehydrated 2 pouches, but ended up eating the second pouch the next morning. There were lots of vegetables and enough flavor (and salt) to satisfy the post hiking cravings. Our son was especially pleased with this meal, as he said it tasted like chicken pot pie, one of his favorites!
We boiled water at the beginning of our hike so we could refill waterbottles before heading up. We usually hike to the top after setting up camp but with the weather looking chancy, we weren't going to risk hitting the spring. I carried the rehydrating pouch up in my pack and ate about 2 hours later and it was NOT a mushy mess. I added exactly 2 cups of water and it was perfect. I can't stress that enough. I have eaten so many mushy rehydrated meals on the Appalachian Trail, I nearly expect all freeze-dried meals to do the same.
I would strongly recommend this meal, especially if you like chicken pot pie!