I grabbed one of the free dispersed sites north of the proper campground -- I counted 6 available dispersed sites, most with a short hike-in. I was at site #4 which was the only sort of "drive up" site level enough for my minivan camper. No other dispersed sites were occupied. Beautiful scenery, very lush and quiet, you can hear the creek from all sites. I was there on a Wednesday night so didn't need a NFS permit. Never saw a ranger or host. Actual campground loop seemed half full with some RVs and car campers and the sites are very close to each other. The road getting there from I-40 can be done by any vehicle, but it is still rough -- lots of potholes that sneak up on you. Take it slow and watch out for cyclists too. I drove up to the Blue Ridge Parkway from the campground the next day, very slowly and carefully, and made it up in about 30-40 minutes. It was very peaceful and remote. I'd definitely come back.
Great safe spot for tubing, fishing, hammocking, swimming. Water felt great. Gorgeous sunset. Campsites are closely sandwiched between each other and since there's not a lot of tree cover I felt like I was sharing a campsite with 20 other people! Ranger drove by at least 3x a day but kept a distance. Bathrooms were nasty. I think I'd come back to Kerr Lake but not this campground.
Been here twice this summer with friends. Loved being able to just chill in the lake away from it all. Rangers can be very ticket-happy if you bring beer so be aware. Bring a mask for the bathroom -- nobody is wearing one -- be ready for rude folks who will laugh at you for having one on. 🤷♀️ I'll keep coming back -- it's a lovely spot, quiet except for passing boats, and beautiful.