Myron C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2021

Small Campground Close to Cherokee

This was my third time at Littlejohn Campground, and it was during the middle of the week. There wasn’t a lot of activity except for the noise from the road. If you are looking for activities, drive a few miles into Cherokee. There are so many things to do there—Harrah’s Casino, UNTO THESE HILLS outdoor drama, Oconaluftee Indian Village, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and lots more. I think my favorite was UNTO THESE HILLS. The performance was magnificent, especially the Eagle Dance. It’s a basic campground, and by basic, I mean there are very few amenities. There is a small Elvis museum onsite, but it is impressive with all of the Elvis memorabilia. There is also a stream behind the campground which is great to sleep by and great for fishing for trout. The trout streams are stocked on a regular basis, but you have to have a tribal permit since it is on the Qualla Reservation, which is the Cherokee Indian Reservation. There is also a trail to a swimming hole in the creek, and it is deep enough to go under and enjoy. Most of the sites are shady and there are fire pits. The bath house is adequate, but if I had been in an RV, I think I would have rather used it. It was pretty quiet there since there weren’t many campers, but I have a feeling it won’t be that way in couple more days(Memorial Day). The last time I stayed at Littlejohn was during the Fourth of July, and the camping neighbors were loud. They were setting off fireworks, including bottle rockets, and some of them landed on our tent. Fortunately, the owner came over and told them to cut it out. He is concerned for the comfort of his campers. Overall, I would recommend this campground if you are passing through or just want somewhere to stay while you are enjoying Cherokee. However, if you want more amenities, seek elsewhere.

  • One of the activities at the campground is a basketball goal.
  • The creek next to the campground
  • There are some full-time campers here at the campground
  • The store is on very limited hours.
  • The Elvis Museum at the campground is amazing!
  • Inside one of the rooms of the Elvis museum
  • Swimming hole leading from the main part of the campground
  • swimming hole
  • Trail to the swimming hole
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