of sites along the Santeehlah Creek. This area has signs that designate
the areas that you may camp. Because this area is so popular, the
Service is trying to limit the impact from the heavy use. There
isn't any fee for camping in this area but sites have been known
to be completely filled up on holiday weekends. All sites are either
on or within a stones throw of Santeehlah Creek. this is a great
place to swim, fish or just relax. My favorite.
the entrance of the Cherohala Skyway on the North Carolinas side
is the dirt Forest Road 81. Turn right just before the tri-board
that marks the entrance. The paved State Road 1127 goes down the
hill to Joyce Kilmer and the Horse Cove
spur of Forest Road climbs to the higher elevations to Wolf Laurel.
From the comfort of your own vehicle you can witness the eco-system
changes as you drive up the winding road. Waterfalls can be seen
as well as dense hardwood forests that resemble the trees that you
would find in Vermont. As you reach the highest point on the road,
4500 feet in elevation, there are numerous spots to pitch a tent.
Just chose an area that suits your needs and pitch your tent.
side road off of forest road 81 is easy to spot. Turn right on the
steep spur road that forks to the right, just past the best sites
along Santeehlah Creek. The road winds to the top which is also
the parking area for the Stratton Bald Trail.
Boundary Campground (Tn.)
is a "fee for camping" area that is operated by the Cherokee
National Forest Service. 100 beautiful sites and just off of the
Skyway on the Tennessee side, this popular campsite is often full
in the summer months. This is an excellent campground and located
in the heart of some of the best hiking that Tennessee has to offer.
Reservations are accepted and encouraged.
the Tennessee side of the skyway. Well signed, this newly developed
campground is operated by the U.S. Forest Service. On the Tennessee
side of the skyway the name changes to the Overhill Skyway and the
route designation changes from 143 to 165. This is a great campground
if you would like to explore the trails of the Citico Creek Wilderness
and Tellico Plains.Call the Tellico Ranger Station for more information
very popular "fee for camping" spot is also situated on
Santeehlah Creek. The back of the campground also has some lovely
sites that are creek side. Across from the Joyce
Kilmer Memorial Loop, this campground is also full during the
holidays. A morning walk among the giant trees of the famous
loop is the best amenity that this campground has to offer. There
aren't any showers but swimming in the creek is allowed. May tubers
make this their "base-camp". Recently renovated,
this is a nice camp ground if you can get the right spot.
state road 1127, this older campground is directly across from the
entrance of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial
Loop. The Naked Ground Trailhead is also convenient to the campground.
It is well marked and is operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Call
ahead to confirm availability.
Route 1, Box 16A
Robbinsville, NC 28771
(On U.S. 129 north of Robbinsville)
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