Standing Indian Campground.

Discussion in 'Let me tell you about my trip' started by hometownhiker, May 16, 2017.

  1. hometownhiker

    hometownhiker Member

    Oct 17, 2009
    Franklin, NC
    We camped at Standing Indian Campground in the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina over Mother's Day weekend. This is our old familiar C.G. and is only about 15 miles from home and we have camped here countless times over 30 years.
    For this trip, the grandsons joined us and we had our daughter and her family out for a Mother's Day cook out. We played baseball, splashed in the creek, hiked, and rode bicycles with the grandkids. What's not to like?

    [​IMG]18491378_10211372697725813_5032301487786831090_o by Chuck Allen, on Flickr

    A little about the campground:
    Standing Indian sits at an elevation of 3,880 feet at the headwaters of the Nantahala River, so it is always several degrees cooler than Franklin, down in the valley.
    It is a beautiful campground, dominated by huge oaks and lush rhododendron, and surrounded by 5,000 foot peaks, including Standing Indian Mountain.
    Numerous trails cut through the area, and the Appalachian Trail can be easily accessed at Deep Gap by the 4 mile long Kimsey Creek Trail which cuts through the campground. Fishermen love the trout waters and kids love playing in the creeks.
    The CG consists of 5 loops (4 paved and 1 gravel) and approximately 80 sites. The gravel loop offers more secluded sites. Many of the sites are reservable and some are 1st come, 1st served. The cost is $16 dollars per night.
    There are no power, water, or sewer hookups. However they do have showers with hot water and clean flushable restrooms.
    A campground store offers a limited number of items, including sweet treats and fire wood.
    There is no phone or wifi reception, so be prepared to UNPLUG!
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  2. Grizzly_Wayne

    Grizzly_Wayne Member

    Oct 7, 2010
    I know that place! My scout troop used it as a jumping off point for an AT trip years ago. Very nice campground, from what I recall.
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  3. Eskimorob

    Eskimorob PUP life

    Jul 5, 2016
    Ah land of the chunky gal....Have driven past the cutoff for this campground many times and each time said to myself...'one day I'm going to do a drive through to see what it's like'. Thanks for the info and sounds like y'all had a perfect trip imo. Have you ever stayed out at Jack Rabbit over on Hiwassee? It's another nice one, but no pawr or water.
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  4. hometownhiker

    hometownhiker Member

    Oct 17, 2009
    Franklin, NC
    Yes, we get over to Jack Rabbit to play in the water with the grandkids and they also have a fun mountain biking trail network too.

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