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Nantahala National Forest

Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina

Whether you’re aiming high or looking for something a little more low-key, you can find it at Nantahala, with peaks ranging from 5,800 feet to 1,200 feet in elevation. The forest Read more...
Whether you’re aiming high or looking for something a little more low-key, you can find it at Nantahala, with peaks ranging from 5,800 feet to 1,200 feet in elevation. The forest lies amongst the mountains and valleys in southwestern North Carolina and with over a half million acres, it’s largest national forest in the state. “Nantahala” is a Cherokee word meaning “land of the noon day sun,” which is especially fitting for the cavernous Nantahala Gorge, where the sun only reaches to the valley floor at midday. Whatever your fancy, the 600 miles of trail will surely lead you there. Gushing waterfalls, cascading sunlight, and epic views will most definitely pique your interest.
Jackrabbit Mountain Recreation Area
Kristin
Kristin : Loved this great campground. Right on the lake. Our campsite was wooded on both sides
Chattooga Wild and Scenic River
Daniel
Daniel: There is good trout fishing. Plenty of fresh water and firewood along the trail. Great waterfalls and...
Panthertown Valley Backcountry Area
Jack
Jack: Panthertown Valley is one of my favorite places in Western North Carolina to backpack and fish! Miles...
Wine Spring Horse Camp
Drinking while horseback riding is, well, it’s just not a good idea. However, Wine Spring Horse Camp...
Standing Indian Campground
Edie
Edie: Great spot. Wooded sites for tents. Good hiking is accessible from the campground.
Panther Creek FDR #2604B
Panther Creek DR #2604B is, like many of the other campgrounds in the area, dotted with dispersed...
Hurricane Creek Horse & Primitive Campground
Rihanna sang it best: “You can stand under my umbrella, -ella, -ella. . . ” While gulf force winds...
Mountain Waters Scenic Byway
Mountain Waters Scenic Byway is just that—a beguiling, inundated oasis (aka, scenic). Combed through...
Cheoah Point Campground
Cindy
Cindy: There are two rustic cabins/shelters you can rent that give you the most secluded spot in the...
Fires Creek Recreation Area
If there was ever one enveloping adjective to describe Fires Creek Recreational Area, it’d be this:...
Cullasaja Gorge Campground
Sounds of cascading water resonate off the sedimentary rock formations from which they flow, pillowing...
Cable Cove Recreation Area
Doug
Doug: I have camped there for several years in June. The campground is well maintained, but bring your own...
Long Hungry FDR #2586
Long Hungry FDR #2586 Campground will surely satiate your inner backpacker’s granola-heavy food...
Pine Ridge Road NCSR #1147
Pine Ridge Road NCSR #1147 is a string of comely, primitive campsites that lie in the heart of the...
Fires Creek Hunters Camp
Much like its sister campground, Fires Creek Hunters Camp has little in the way of frills; all...
Van Hook Glade Campground
Situated within the scenic confines of the Nantahala National Forest, Van Hook Glade Campground is...
Snowbird Backcountry Area
A seemingly endless sea of tree tops and leaf litter, Snowbird Backcountry Area occupies nearly 8,000...
Rattler Ford Campground
Shake-’n’-bake time, baby! Rattler Ford Campground is shaking, for sure. Strung together with just a...
Horse Cove Campground
Tucked away in the rhododendrons, under mature hardwood and spruce forest, Horse Cove Campground is...
Joyce Kilmer Road NCSR #1134
Much like the area’s other numerically named campgrounds, Joyce Kilmer Road NCSR #1134 is populated...
Snowbird Creek
Fogged by the early morning white water dancing off rock faces and perfumed by the dew-swept breezes,...
Blue Valley Dispersed Camping
Alyssa
Alyssa: Go early to get a spacious site. If you don't care about space, you will probably always find a site i...
Bear Creek Hunters Camp FDR#62
Bear Creek Hunters Camp FDR#62 is a somewhat extravagant, long-tongued name. But, we can assure you,...
Wolf Laurel Hunters Camp
Yet another campground in the Nantahala Forest that can tote the #dispersed moniker. But, regardless...
Swan Cabin
Ready to get rustic? Stay a night (or two) at the primitive Swan Cabin. Built in 1931, the three-room...
Ammons Branch Campground
“Short, sweet, and to the point. ” Well, maybe not "short"—the sky's the limit at Ammons Branch...
Balsam Lake Lodge
Rise and shine in the lap of luxury! Surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Balsam Lake...
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Secluded Waterfall Haven
Kim
Kim: New favorite campsite!!! It’s hard to overstate how awesome this spot is – and how amazing it was to...
Destination Outdoors
Matt
Matt: Summerset Ridge Yurt:  This awesome 16' yurt is conveniently positioned in the middle of a 100 acre...
Fern Creek Tiny House
Andrew
Andrew: This location was incredible. It felt like a home away from home, and Bill & Mary were incredible...
Walnut Hollow Camp
Kassidy
Kassidy: We loved our stay on the ranch! The property is beautiful and well taken care of. Charlie, your host,...
Wolf Mountain Historic Cabin
Debra
Debra : The cabin is great, the area stunning. The only issue is getting there. If you're planning to use this...
Special Holiday Tent Camping
Mackenzie
Mackenzie: Beautiful area, amenities and activities were not quite what was listed. The camp buildings were...
Eclipse Camping
Ari
Ari: Awesome spot! There is the Little Tennessee River Greenway right next to the camp ground. Beautiful...
Primitive RIver Camping
Jane
Jane: Chris’ property is tucked into the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia and is a wonderful place to...
Camping on Blue Creek Farm
William Reed
William Reed: Samantha and Bruce were great hosts, they love their land and welcoming people into it. Rolling hills...
Hatch Camp and Art Farm
William Reed
William Reed: Hosts Scott and Nicole are kind and hospitable. The land is being worked into a fly fishing ground....
Waterfall Cove:  a great GLAMP
Emilia
Emilia: Waterfall Cove glampsite was amazing! Everything I hoped for and more. My friend and her dog enjoyed o...
Tiptoe through the Garden
Cole
Cole: Camp beside a beautifu eco friendly Earth farm and learn all about the area and what it has to offer...
Crawford's Camp (w/electric & water)
Priyanka
Priyanka: We rent this place via Hip-camp during Autumn. It was great and peaceful place to camp. Host was...
Mountain "Glamping" Cabin
Terah
Terah: The cabin is adorable and located on it's very private and peaceful little mountain close to Sylva, NC...
Beechwood Cabin Tent
Andrew
Andrew: These covered tents are a perfect compromise for wanting to be surrounded by nature, while having a...
Black Bear Pad RV
Erin
Erin: We had a really great time at Black Bear Pad RV! Ginger was a really great host who made sure the site...
Greenheart Forest
Terah
Terah: Our stay at Greenheart Forest was one of the best camping trips I can remember. David and his wife...
Rivers? Go Chase Waterfalls!
Bear Trail
Bear Trail : A great escape to a place of lofty peaks, rushing water, and spectacular scenery. Just under a three...
Azalea Creek Tiny House
Bill
Bill : Our tiny houses are just fun! Who would ever think that so much living could happen in such a small...