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Want to stay at a waterfront campground near Jonesborough? Take a look at Riverpark Campground. It’s located on the banks of the Nolichucky River in Washington County. The campground is just ten miles from the county seat, within an hour's drive of Cherokee National Forest and other state parks. Riverpark Campground offers a tranquil getaway and a convenient base for your RV rental vacation.
Open all year round, there are dozens of campsites at Riverpark Campground equipped with full hookups and cable TV. You can choose from 30 or 50 amp service, and there are pull-through sites available too. Guests can make use of the bathhouse, camp store, and WiFi.
Dogs are welcome at this pet-friendly Jonesborough campground, and there are lots of activities to keep children entertained too. On-site, you can get active with kayaking on the river. There are hiking and biking trails that begin just outside the park, or you can take your family to the nearby waterpark.
One of the natural highlights of the region is Cherokee National Forest, the only national forest in the state. Occupying over 600,000 acres, the forest boasts over 600 miles of trails, including a 150-mile section of the famous Appalachian Trail. Miles of waterways provide excellent opportunities for watersports, from white water rafting to swimming and tubing. There are trails for horseback riding and mountain biking, but less active visitors can also explore the park by vehicle. The forest has several scenic byways, some of which are suitable for cross-country skiing in the winter.
Bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts will also enjoy a visit to Cherokee National Forest. It’s a natural haven for mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, and there are several viewing areas and outlooks where binoculars will come in handy. The Cherohala Skyway is one of the best scenic byways for spotting birdlife. It rises to 5,000 feet and connects Cherokee to Nantahala National Forest.
Slightly south of Cherokee National Forest, on the Tennessee-North Carolina border, is Roan Mountain State Park. It’s best known for its 6,285-foot mountain peak and spectacular high bluff views. The best way to explore is on foot via the park's 12-mile trail network. These hiking trails range from the easy Peg Leg Mine Trail to the challenging Chestnut Ridge Trail. There are also three miles of mountain biking trails, and, during the winter, the slopes of Mount Roan are perfect for Nordic skiers. At Roan Mountain State Park, you can sign up for an interpretive program at Miller Farmstead, located within the park, or bring your binoculars to look for birdlife. Over 100 bird species have been identified in this state park, but it’s also home to a wide variety of mammals.
Another place to visit while you’re camping at Riverpark Campground is Warriors' Path State Park in Sullivan County. Offering a good selection of outdoor sports and educational programs, this state park is popular with visitors of all ages. Here you can hike and cycle on 12 miles of trails or launch your own vessel on the Patrick Henry Reservoir. Alternatively, you can pick up a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe rental from the lakeside marina. Those who visit during the migration season will be treated to close up views of many bird types. In the birding season, around 120 species can be spotted in the woodlands.
Don’t forget to visit some of the local towns and cultural attractions while you’re camping with an RV. Jonesborough is packed full of historical sites, quaint stores, and annual events. As you stroll the streets of historic Jonesborough, you’ll notice several restored 19th-century buildings, including inns that hosted famous travelers, classic saloons, and former press houses. Some of these buildings have been converted into unique stores where you can buy antiques and handmade crafts. Others now house restaurants, a traditional sweet shop, and a local brewery.
One of the most important structures is the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum. The museum is located in the center of downtown Jonesborough inside the town’s oldest commercial building. Inside, you’ll find many Victorian-era rooms restored to their former elegance as well as a diorama of the town in the 1850s and some rotating exhibitions. For little learners, child-friendly activities are organized throughout the year, including scavenger hunts and coloring.
In the evenings, you can see theatrical performances at Jonesborough’s theater or hear stories retold at the International Storytelling Center, but the biggest event of the year is the National Story Telling Festival. This three-day event has taken place in October each year since 1973. The storytelling is held outside, and, aside from stories, you can hear live music, singing, poetry recitals, and more from a wide range of influences. Whatever month you choose to visit, a vacation with a Jonesborough camper rental is sure to be one to remember.