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Standing Indian Campground

Whether traveling with an RV or tent, Standing Indian Campground is a prime place to stopover for a night or spend several days in the picturesque Nantahala National Forest. The campground's many amenities provide a comfortable home base for exploring this fun and historic section of the forest. Standing Indian is located within a 20-minute drive from Franklin, North Carolina.

The Standing Indian basin is a premier hiking destination. The campground provides access to numerous trails, including the world-famous Appalachian Trail, which journeys from Georgia to Maine. Visitors who wish to get their feet wet can experience the Nantahala River, well-known for whitewater rafting and trout fishing, you will need a license to fish though.

The campground is surrounded by 5,000-ft. peaks and crossed by several natural streams. It sits at an elevation of 3,880 ft. at the headwaters of the scenic Nantahala River and amidst lush forests of evergreen trees and Rhododendrons.

Facilities:

The campground has four loops with sites available first-come, first-served or by reservation. Sites are equipped with campfire rings, grills, lantern posts and picnic tables, and are in close proximity to drinking water, flush toilets and showers. A dump station is nearby. The campground also has a group camping area, Kimsey Creek.

Directions:

From Franklin, North Carolina: Take U.S. Highway 64 west from Franklin for approximately 12 miles, passing through Winding Stair Gap. Near the bottom of the mountain from the gap, turn left on West Old Murphy Road (State Route 1448). There is a directional sign for the campground there. Go 1.9 miles and turn right on Forest Road 67 at the Standing Indian Campground sign. This is a paved road. Go 1.7 miles and turn right into the campground.

Deep Creek Campground & Tubing

Located next to one of the most popular creeks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Deep Creek Group Camp provides traditional primitive camping with the stunning backdrop of the mountains. Whether blanketed in bright wildflowers in the spring or vivid colors in the fall, the scenery at Deep Creek never disappoints. In addition, Deep Creek offers the best whitewater tubing in the smokies (please see photo below).  

Deep Creek is in the southeastern portion of the park and provides a moderate climate, typified by mild winters and hot, humid summers. Because of it's proximity to water, Deep Creek is an ideal campground for water recreation and books up quickly during summer months.

Facilities:

The camp offers three group sites, all with grills, tables and campfire rings, perfect for a family meal or a late-night s'mores session. Hookups and showers are not provided, but flush toilets and drinking water are available.

Directions:

From Franklin take HWY 23N/441N towards Sylva/Dillsboro, go straight there will be a huddle house on your left. Continue to go up to the intersection, take a left on 74 to  exit 67, go north on Veterans Blvd. At the first light, turn right on to Main Street (US 19). At the next light, turn left on to Everett Street. At the train depot turn right on to Depot Street. At the end of Depot Street, turn left on Ramseur, then immediately right on Deep Creek Road. Go a half mile and bear left before the bridge. Deep Creek will be about a half a mile down on your right.

Cliffside Lake Campground 


Cliffside Lake near Franklin, NC is a great place to take your family camping, swimming, hiking or fishing. The campground is great for kids learning how to fish due to the ample room around Cliffside Lake for you to spread out. The swimming area is roped off by netting and has plenty of wading room.

Cliffside Lake is regularly stocked with Brook, Brown and Rainbow trout and your chances of catching your limit of 7 are pretty good. Come on the first Saturday in April for fishing "Opening Day" in the lake, but get there early to claim one of the best fishing spots! Fishing begins at sun rise.  

Directions:

From the intersection of U.S. Hwy 64 East and US 23/441 North in Franklin, NC take U.S. Hwy 64 East/NC Hwy-28 South towards Highlands, NC for approx. 12.3 miles. Cliffside Recreation Area's entrance will be on your LEFT, with the brown National Forest sign on the right. Follow this paved road for approx. 1 mile until you reach the gate and the pay station, this road is closed during the winter months.

Rose Creek Campground & Cabins

Rose Creek Campground & Cabins

Rose Creek Campground is a hidden treasure that is a place for peace and relaxation. The campground is surrounded by gem mining, fishing, river adventures and local attractions. They have a trout pond, swimming pool and gem mining on premises. At Rose Creek Campground you can bring your own tent and supplies or rent one of the rustic cabins at the campground, there are accomodations for everyone including RV's.

Contact Information:

Rose Creek Campground and Cabins 
140 Terrace Ridge Drive
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-3225

Mi Mountain Campground


Mi Mountain Campground is a family oriented campground that offers ammenities such as a swimming pool, ice, firewood, cable tv, cabin rentals, new clean bath houses, pavilion, playground and bbq grills. Mi Mountain Campground also has pull thru and full hookup sites for RV's.

Contact Information:

Mi Mountain Campground
151 Mi Mountain Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-6155 

Cartoogechaye Creek Campground


Cartoogechaye Creek Campground is centrally located on scenic Highway 64. The campground has 78 sites on a 23 acre meadow surrounded by mountains. At the center of the campground there is a recreational building where we there are activities several times a month such as: bingo, potlucks, bonfires, and more. They also have a playground to occupy the little ones. In addition to these on-site activities there is an information center at the campground which outlines hundreds of additional opportunities for fun and recreation in the surrounding area.

The scenery is spectacular at Cartoogechaye Creek Campground. There are two creeks on the property so it's a good idea to bring your fishing pole. If you are looking for a place to walk, ride bikes, or relax doing nothing, then this is a great place for you. They also have a one half mile gravel road which many of their campers use as a jogging and walking track. Moreover, they have horses for those looking for some animals to pet. There are clean bathrooms on the premsise which include private showers and all the hot water you need. There is a laundry room and camper storage. There is everything you need to fully hook up your camper or a spot on the creek to set up your tent and have a campfire, everything you need for an exciting adventure in the wilderness.  

Directions:

From Franklin, NC take 64 West for 6.2 mile towards Murphy. When the four lane merges into two lanes, take the first left after the bridge.

Contact Information:

Cartoogechaye Creek Campground
91 No Name Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-8553

Pine RV Park and Cabins


This Campground is open all year round with all facilities fully operational and includes spacious sites which can accommodate anything from Tents to 45' RV's with full hookup or just electric and water. They have a couple new 50 amp sites. They have also added 4 satellite stations, so there is now TV throughout the campground. Everyone is welcome, including pets. 

They have rates for daily, weekly, monthly, extended season and year round residential stays. In addition, there are cabins on the premsise for rent.

Contact Informatiom:

Pine RV Park and Cabins
4724 Murphy Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-4490