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Cartoogechaye Creek Campground

Rent a camper and gain access to a magical world in North Carolina. Cartoogechaye Creek Campground is surrounded by high mountains that are blanketed by a soft, soothing green. Cartoogechaye Creek Campground is set in deep woods consisting of wispy willow, gnarled oak, and birch trees. With 50 sites spread across 23 sprawling acres, there’s plenty of room for quiet and solitude. Cartoogechaye Creek Campground is open year-round, though its bathrooms and showers are closed in winter.Visitors can opt for full or partial hookups, and they also gain access to several amenities like Wifi, laundry, and hot showers. The small on-site farm is a pleasant way to while away an afternoon. Pet the friendly horses or feed the goats. Ducks and chicken, the owners say, enjoy the attention, though they’re also content to browse for insects. The campground is also dog-friendly, though because of the resident animals, all dogs must be leashed.The closest town is Franklin, about 10 miles to the east. The town is known as the “gem capital of the world.” Franklin lives up to its reputation. Rockhounds and fossil hunters can easily find small precious stones like sapphires and rubies in the hills around the town. Franklin also hosts a biannual Gemboree. Jumpstart your RV camping vacation and book an RV in Macon County, NC.



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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

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After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

Getting Outdoors

Nantahala National Forest makes up a huge swath of wilderness surrounding Cartoogechaye Creek Campground. Nantahala is a Cherokee word that roughly means “land of noon sun,” which is apt because there are many narrow chasms and gorges in which the only sun they receive is at noon. Encompassing over half a million acres, Nantahala National Forest has one of the highest concentrations of waterfalls in the state. Bring a camera! No one waterfall is alike. One might be a delicate, ethereal trickle from a high rock ledge, while the next is a low, angry churn that empties into a gorge. Several miles of hiking trails, shared with bicycle riders and horseback riders, wind and weave through the dense old-growth woods. The bold can cross some gorges by using logs as makeshift bridges, or if it’s narrow enough, simply jump across.On a quiet, misty morning, embark on a trail that follows the contours of a babbling creek. It’s not uncommon to find a fisherman quietly flicking their rod as they calmly wait for a fish to seek out the bait. Depending on the creek or lake of choice, anglers can expect to catch anything from rainbow trout to brook trout. Several mammals, birds, and reptiles share these dreamy, hazy woods. A shortlist includes black bear, white-tailed deer, river otter, beaver, and even a bobcat. Emerge from the deep woods into fresh, bright meadows. High overhead, bald eagles, which were once endangered, soar in lazy, lofty circles as they wait for easy prey. Falcons and other raptor birds follow suit, gliding on thermals.The Appalachian Trail passes through Nantahala National Forest, following switchbacks as it ascends and descends the mountains. Of the 2,200 miles that stretches from Maine to Georgia, about 200 miles pass through this region. Join the hikers and hike a small portion, usually referred to as a section.

Exploring the Area

Hop into a motorhome rental and go explore the small mountain towns in search of a coffee shop, artist’s gallery, or restaurant. Don’t forget to browse gift shops in search of the perfect RV camping souvenir to remind you of this trip, too. Nearby Franklin boasts several shops, including a Walmart store, but the other towns are equally appealing.Sylva, NC, which is one of the closest towns to Smokey Mountain National Park, is best known for its annual Mountains Festival. Occurring in April, the event features old-fashioned Appalachia crafts, local restaurants, and craft beer. The quiet, unassuming town of Murphy is one of the few places where people can rent Porsche sports cars to drive on twisting mountain roads. What a thrilling experience! It’s also close to a casino, Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino. This high-octane casino offers not only slot machines but also blackjack, craps, and roulettes. It also has high-limit card games, which is a rarity on the eastern seaboard.At the end of a long day of sightseeing and adventuring in the wild woods, kick up your heels outside a trailer rental and look skyward. In the heart of the mountains, light pollution from the cities is minimal. The sky here is crystal clear - weather permitting - and distant astronomical bodies are easy to discern with the naked eye.


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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

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