This sweet state park campground is tucked into a spot along Gee Creek, which is great for boating, fishing, and swimming in the summertime heat of Tennessee. We arrived in early December, and while the weather wasn’t warm enough to enjoy the water, it was warm enough for a lovely bike ride along the backroads of Appalachia. You are sure to meet some nice folk, as well as some real characters, in these mountain hollers.
The campground is well-kept and equipped with clean, hot showers and flush toilets in addition to each site having a picnic table, fire pit, and lantern pole. There is also a nice playground for the kiddos. The visitor center is small and the staff have quite a sense of humor with their displays during the Christmas holidays. Evidently the office manager is a seamstress! Check out pictures for what I’m referring to here.
A camping loop set back by itself is designated as a group area, which wasn’t being used when we were there, but looks like a fantastic place for large groups, scout troops, family reunions, etc.
Winter rates were $16 per night, but all the amenities were available to campers. Reservations are available throughout the campground during the main season, but it was nearly empty in early December, so we enjoyed a couple of nights of serious peace and quiet.
This was a great group site for a group of 8 not-too-rowdy adults. Actually, it'd be ok for rowdier campers too. We had neighbors down the road the first night and only a large group of boyscouts out of eye/earshot the second night. There is no water or electricity at the group sites, but there are some porta-lets and water about halfway to the bath house central to the RV sites.
The site is surrounded by trees and connects to the nature trail which goes down to the Hiwasee, so there can be some mild foot traffic nearby. It's simple, with a firepit and maybe picnic tables. It's nice to be here rather than the crowded, active, noisey regular camping area. It's not super secluded, but it can feel like it at times.
At night, the lightning bugs and stars are perfect. It is really a great view. We walked down to the next site (G-8) to get a better view (away from our own lights and fire) and it was really fantastic. The river is no joke, it's fast and cold, but it's only a few minutes down the trail to wade in.
A white park truck rolls through every few hours to check on things.
Beautiful and quiet!
Campsites a bit close together. Many light hiking trails nearby. Eponymous creek was nice to sit near and listen. Plenty of shade.
Nice campground with a new playground, hot showers and good river access. it is, however, a little pricey like so many others.
This campground is very well-maintained. The bathrooms are clean with plenty of stalls + showers. The campsites are close together, but with all the trees, there's still a decent amount of privacy. It does get very crowded in the summer, so keep that in mind, but even being completely full, I still found it to be very peaceful and relatively quiet.
The big plus here is the ease of access to the Hiwassee River—perfect for paddling and swimming! It also borders the Gee Creek Wilderness, which has a gorgeous hike (with waterfalls), and Cherokee National Forest (lots of fun forest roads to explore).
Nice, spacious campsites. Pull through campsites with picnic tables, grills, fire rings and water spigots. Nice bathhouse that is cleaned multiple times a day. The Rangers check in daily and are very friendly. A trail runs the perimeter of the camp and the Hiwasee River runs next to the campground. The campground also has a playground to keep kids entertained. I definitely recommend if you are looking for a place to stay near the Hiwasee River