The only reason I gave this campground a 4 instead of 5 stars is because the bathhouse near the tent sites was undergoing renovations and not usable. We had a good walk to go to the other bathroom. Also, several trails were closed due to down bridges from the hurricane. Other than that it was a really pretty park with lots of history. We enjoyed all the wildlife we saw and the campsites were spaced out with a little vegetation in between each. There is plenty to do at this campground from trails, museum, fort, water activities… Also, there is a restaurant at the marina before you come into the park. We didn't get a chance to stop by, but it was packed out, so I'm assuming it's tasty. There was an Omelette Cafe about 15 minutes from the park, that had an amazing breakfast for our long ride home.
We absolutely loved our large site, right on the lake. #82 was amazing! There were even a couple wooden benches down by the lake. We had just enough beach area to sit on the bank while the boys played in the water. The bath house was just down the hill from our spot and it was pretty central to all the sites. The sunset views were breathtaking and we thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend here.
This campground was much smaller than I thought it would be for an attraction as big as the falls and Appalachian Approach Trail, but it was lovely. The outer sites offered plenty of privacy and shade. Lots of cute little snails moseying along. The campsite is close enough to walk to the lodge to have a meal, but don't plan on supper at the lodge on Mother's Day. They apparently closed the restaurant down early. The staff was super sweet though and gave us a boxed lunch. After a peaceful night of rest at the campsite, we drove down to the visitor center and began the Appalachian Approach Trail. The waterfall view was great at midpoint, especially since it had just rained. It was 8.5 miles to Springer Mountain with lots of friendly people to chat with along the way. There were plenty of places to stop for a rest or to camp overnight. We decided to hike all 17 miles in one day and it was tough. Overall it's a beautiful place and we would definitely stay here again.
This campground was breathtaking with Spanish moss dripping from the trees. Loved the privacy of the campsites and the trails. Plenty of water activities to do and history to learn.