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The sites all throughout Grandfather are pretty awesome but you have to really look into the details for each site as many do not allow for a campfire, so you will want to ensure you have an alternate (approved) cooking system. We enjoy the trails out here. I will say, these are no joke especially with added pack weight so definitely advise only bringing the absolute essentials.
These are pretty decent sites. You just pull off the road, set up and enjoy the camping experience.
We hiked down to the gorge and also enjoyed the dispersed camping available right along the riverside, which was pretty cool but… that hike back up is a DOOZY especially with a pack on. I would recommend it. The payoff of the views is highly worth any trail difficulties.
This was a really clean, well respected area. I liked to see that most other campers were clearly doing their part to Leave no Trace.
Triple Creek Campground lives up to it’s name being surrounded by 3 Creeks. We stayed here over Labor Day weekend in 2020 and although it was completely full, it didn’t feel crowded.
There was a big field where kids could play, with a play set and many other things to keep them busy. There was also a stage that wasn’t used because of Covid but I’m guessing is usually used throughout the summer. Kids are welcome get wet and stroll down one of the creeks in tubes and there’s plenty of shade.
This Campground has more of an RV parking lot feel than others, but there’s plenty to do at the campground to keep you preoccupied. The staff was always present and even brought rocks to paint with all of the supplies right to the campsite!
We used this campground as a base camp to access the national park, Gatlinburg and other beautiful close by destinations. If you’re looking for a place to park your camper right on a creek, it’s a really nice place to stay. If you’re looking for a secluded campsite, you probably should keep looking.
Super nice owners, we had a tent camp party of 10 and really enjoyed the time there. Ice and firewood are available onsite, as well as some general store goods like sunscreen, t-shirts, etc. The bathroom/shower facilities were excellent. The sites are clean and clear.
Super close to the gorge as well, easy drive access. Also highly recommend the only diner there "down the street" (a stone building, iirc) at the crossroads - excellent burger and fries for takeout if you're in the mood.
One note - this is indeed a "family" campground, so taking our college-aged group there with a 10pm curfew was a bit rocky but it worked out fine.
We have visited twice. Great park, my favorite in the state. Love hiking on the bald peaks. We stayed in March 2019 and was caught in a surprise snow storm. We had the most fun on this trip. The State had the roads plowed by noon so we were never stranded. Great facilities, clean and warm.
My parents were visiting from LA and we decided to visit my niece at App State. We needed 2 spots close together and Flintlock was able to accommodate. They had 2 drive thru sites for us. My husband is pretty new to pulling our camper so we thought drive thru would be better but even those were tight to turn in and get out. The sites were so close we couldn't even put out our awnings!
The staff was friendly but when we arrived the office attendant was more worried about chit chatting with someone else we were not given proper directions into the site so ended up backing in anyway.
The wifi was useless even to just look up attraction info in the area, took 2 minutes to look up a phone number to order in dinner.
The drive into/out of the campground is on a main drive and on a hill which makes it difficult leaving.
For experienced campers this may be okay but I wouldn't recommend for novice campers. Also if you plan to sit outside don't expect any privacy.
We likely won't be back to this location.
Great campground! The prices are reasonable, the campground was very clean, the people were friendly, and the bathhouses were some of the cleanest I’ve seen. It was also very close to Mount Mitchell so we could go on long hikes. Loved our time there!