This is an awesome campground! We love to take advantage of military campgrounds due to the price and safety features and this is one of our favorites. All sites are fairly level on gravel and are in walking distance of the beach. There is a convenience store at the entrance to the campground and it has lots to choose from. The staff has always been very accommodating. My biggest complaint is that the pet beach is located a half mile away. I wish they would move it closer to the campground. Will definitely return!
This is a beautiful park that is spread out on quite a bit of land: great for taking our dogs for a walk. The sites are fairly level and gravel. The bathhouse was okay, but I would have liked it better if it had been updated a bit. The laundry room is in between the men's and ladies' rooms, but both washing machines were out of order when we were here. One thing I did not like was having to pay separately for cable TV, and extra guests over two people. The owner/manager escorted us to our site and was extremely helpful in helping us back in. There is a small store at the office, but to get groceries or go to a restaurant, it was 8 miles to Sylva. The road leading to the campground is near the Blue Ridge Parkway, but is very curvy. No problems maneuvering if you just take it slow.
This is a small family campground that we have camped in twice. Both times we were lucky enough to get a spot on the creek/river. It was very peaceful and serene and the last trip we got the spot with a wooden deck that overlooks the creek. The sites are relatively level and on gravel with shade trees on most sites. The bathhouse is small, but clean. There are two toilets and two showers in each restroom. There is a small playground for the kids and a covered picnic area for folks wanting to have a family reunion or get-together. The owners and their family live on site and have a few farm animals (ponies, chickens). The tent section is across the creek and down a little way from the RV section and they now have several yurts that they rent out. There is a small laundry room, but I did not have occasion to use it. The best feature of the campground is that it is in walking distance to the trailhead to the Catawba Falls waterfall trail. Unfortunately it poured rain almost the whole time we were here this year and there was a lot of mud to wade through, so some extra gravel at the sites would have been nice. We will likely return to this campground in the future.
We camped here for a month and the monthly rate for a non-river spot is only $400--a great deal and well worth the money! The restrooms are clean and the showers have plenty of pressure and hot water. There is a large laundry room and a game room. The front section is mostly paved spots with full hook-ups, picnic tables and fire rings. There are smaller tent/pop-up sites along the river in the front section. The middle section is not paved, however, all of the sites that are not on the river are level pull-through sites, most with shade trees. The river side sites are back-in and they have a gorgeous view. The back section is for permanent campers, and they are very well kept and folks are friendly. There is a trail that runs along the river which is great for dog walking and enjoying the views, including a small waterfall right across the river. The staff is very friendly. The campground is about two miles up Big Cove Road from downtown Cherokee. On up Big Cove Road about another 2 miles is Mingo Falls, a nice little hike. If you're looking for a reasonably priced mountain get-away, this is the place to be!