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73 RV Parks near Bryson City, North Carolina
Jul 2018 - $40.00
Perfect place for getting away from the rat race and enjoying Lake Fontana. The only reason I would give it a less than perfect rating is that there are no extra facilities, like a bath house or laundry. However, that information is fully disclosed. We brought another couple with that had never been camping and they fell in love with the lake area. Highly recommended. We'll be back! This campground is for the seasoned mountain driver. The roads coming in have about a 7% grade. It is worth the peace and quiet in camp AND the fun on the lake. - Aunt Dao
Jul 2007 - $30.00
Stayed there for a week's vacation. Location is great. Right on Lake Fontana, close to Tsali bike trails and the NOC. Park has mostly seasonals but leaves some open spots. Very quiet and peaceful. Convenient place to rent a boat or take out your own. Only problem was water pressure was very low during parts of the day. Will stay again. - paphil
Jul 2007 - $28.00
Friendly staff, paved road in changes to gravel for the last quarter mile, very tough angle to turn into the campground. Only a handful of people there, cold pool, very small store. Would recommend for those in pop ups with small children looking for quiet place to spend a few days. Nearby Bryson City Railroad is great day trip for the kids; also near by river rafting & tubing. - ash289
Oct 2014 - $30.00
A small CG just one mile south of the road to the Deep Creek Area, Smoky Mountain National Park. The CG is just in it's first or second year and is a narrow plot with a gravel road and sites that are not quite level, but have 30-50 amp E, W, and S. The sites are adequately wide and long in a slanted configuration pull through. There is no camp office and no bath room facilities, so not the place for tents and pop tops. No play grounds. There is a red train caboose mounted on rails for show. There is a camp host on site part time. $30 is over high for this. But it is quiet and the Deep Creek Area has three water falls and hiking trails so if your RV is self contained and you are just going to the national park it is usable. - 210jem
Aug 2014 - $0.00
Very nice place. Stayed for the week. Very quite and clean. Lots of shade. Enjoyed seeing the beautiful horses nearby. The owner is very friendly. He came by to check on us several times. Very short drive to tubing area. See you next year. - MarkSut
Jul 2011 - $26.00
I've been staying at the Lost Mine Campground for over 7 years. It is a very nice, quiet campground run by owners who live next to the property. They are intimately involved in the maintenance, care and control of the campground. This bothers some - there is no stereos allowed, and quiet hours are strictly enforced. So, it's not for the partying youth of today. However, it IS kid friendly. There is a very nice creek that runs through the campsite, and children of all ages love to spend hours playing in it. The sound of the creek fills your tent at night - some reviewers have mentioned a "busy" road - bahhh! This is a mountain road just up from the Nantahala Outdoor Center outpost on the Nanty and only local traffic comes up it. Yes, some of the campsites are located just off this road - if the occasional vehicle passing by bothers you, request a different site. Power available for fans and basic lighting only. No cable, TV, Wi-Fi, etc. A perfect place to hide from the rest of the world. Always cool in the evenings, perfect sleeping weather. Have stayed in a tent and in a hybrid travel trailer. Does get very wet when it rains - again, choose your site carefully. Get to know the owners and you will enjoy every visit. - MrPresident
Jun 2007 - $15.00
This campground is very convenient if you are going to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, but I will try someplace difference next time. The sites are spread out on a very busy road. When walking to the bath house I thought more than once I was going to be hit by a car speeding down the road. We camped in a tent with no access to electricity that was near a stream which would have been nice if it wasn't so close to the road and road noise. We arrived in the evening and the woman who checked us in wasn't very friendly. The bathrooms and showers were clean. - tlaw2
Jun 2007 - $32.00
The campground is a great base to sight see the area. We camped on the creek. This is a family friendly place. There were many children out playing..my kids had a great time. There is a pen behind the office with adult and baby goats. You can rent tubes for $4.00 and tube on the creek. It would be nice if there was some foliage or trees between the sites for more privacy or to make it feel more wooded. Also the bathrooms need some repair or upgrading. The windows without much effort could be easily looked into with a view into the shower area.I say this because I was at a campground once where some peeping tom kids did get up to the same type windows at night to look into the women's bathrooms. Also the doors on the showers and toilet stalls do not give complete privacy, my daughter pointed this out to me. Overall, the campground was OK and we would go back if in the area. - firefly
Aug 2007 - $25.00
A great area, if you like white water rafting and a train ride. A small campground in the back of a motel, choice of 2 sites. With a 40' will not visit again. - Mitch1941
Jul 2016 - $14.00
This park is in a very nice, beautiful quiet place. They cater to all types, including tent campers and hammock campers. I would stay here again.
The owners and individuals who work here are super friendly. The RVs have plenty of space. They have left lots of open field space in front of the RVs. They have a pavilion with games and a store with ice, firewood and ice cream. Laundry is cheap ($1.25 a load). There are very little bugs. I can't emphasize how peaceful. There was plenty of shade. In late July/August many nights I didn't even need my A/C. They have recycling.
Note, spaces aren't very level. I was able with lots of levelers and blocks to get it done though. I had to borrow some cinder blocks from my next door neighbor. Water pressure seems very low and water taste is not great.
Voltage was low. Was enough for what I needed but breaker tripped several times. Once when I wasn't even there.
Staying online: I am on Verizon and I have little to no service. Bryson City itself doesn't seem to boast great Wi-Fi anywhere. I drove to Sylva each day to work at the library there. The Wi-Fi at the park was okay when it was prime time but not super fast.
Driving Notes: The road up to there is sometimes 1 to 1.5 lanes. Do not recommend at night. Recommend avoiding prime 'down' the mountain time in mornings and evening. - Katina
Oct 2015 - $35.00
Chose this campground because of the close proximity to Bryson City. We found the manager to be very nice and extremely helpful. Our site was basically in a field and due to Hurricane Patricia the ground was verrry wet and very unlevel. While trying to get 3 inches of boards under one side we became stuck in the mud. Thankfully the manager had a tractor and was very helpful in getting us out otherwise we would have had to be towed out. The ground was too soft for a heavy 38 foot RV and needed a lot of gravel. I would not recommend camping there in a large RV. The road to the campground is very narrow and winding and only wide enough for one vehicle in places and this seems to be a well used road. With some upgrading to the sites it could be a nice campground for tents or smaller RVs. We felt like the site fee was way too high for what you get. $20.00 would be more appropriate. While the manager was very personable, we would not camp there again. - Aileen
Aug 2013 - $30.00
Stayed for a month. Quiet campground location. Super friendly managers. Close to Bryson City with cute shops and cafes (Cork and Bean was our local place and Mountain Brew has great wraps). Eleven miles from NOC whitewater rafting and kayaking. Five miles to Fontana Lake for fishing and the famous Tsali mountain bike/horse riding trails. Had a blast and would come back if we are in the area again. - h2ocessna
May 2016 - $35.00
This is a perfect location for visiting this part of Smoky Mountain National Park - literally within walking distance. Also a great location for people interested in tubing on Deep Creek. The campground is just outside Bryson City so it is very convenient. Highly recommended if you want full services which SMNP does not have. Very friendly staff. The services - power, sewage, water worked well. We did not use cable, but it is available. We did not use the bathhouse. The campground is surrounded by trees. There is a camp store that is well stocked with general items. Inner tubes are also available for tubing. - sue2
Sep 2015 - $33.00
Stayed at this park for a long weekend. The park it tucked away in the mountains, so getting to it is quite an adventure. The roads leading to the park are not really big-rig friendly, but the park definitely is. I pulled my 37' travel trailer in with no problem. The staff was extremely nice and funny. The owner was VERY active during the entire trip - cleaning, fixing, etc. The campgrounds are what you would expect for such a mountain campground. Basic in their setup, but very comfortable. Each site offered full hookups (30A) and were very easy to pull in/through. The setup of the campground was very nice (tent campers had their own area, as did RVers). The bathroom/wash house was great. Very clean. Great water pressure. Awesome showers. Not a ton of shade in the RV section. Most of the shade is taken by full-timers. They had a community fire pit which a lot of whitewater boaters tend to use. This is a great campground if you are using the Smokey Mountains or NOC. Wifi is available at the park. Be aware that some cell services are limited here.. as is everywhere in this area. - Curtis R
May 2013 - $17.00
Campground is separated into two sections - one, tents only and the other RVs and tents. The tent area does not have individual sites. There are about four or five tent platforms situated near one another (think group camping) and a few parking spots nearby. The RV/camp area has more individual sites, but as far as RVing, the rig must park alongside the road, and thankfully it's not busy, since there is no way a rig could get by if people were parked on both sides of the road. NOT big-rig friendly, at most, maybe a 34' motorhome, 30' towable, but roads are tough to navigate. In addition, lots of low hanging branches, low enough to scrap the roof of our truck, let alone our fifth wheel. A few nice trails and areas to walk, hike, swim, tube, and gather. Although a nice area (and the town of Bryson is cute), we would not stay here again, due to the navigation of the roads. - campingandtravels.blogspot.com
Aug 2017 - $48.00
RV site very muddy and in need of serious gravel and leveling. Roads have some serious pot holes. The rate you pay is not worth what you get. The water pressure was NONEXISTENT making it very hard to take a shower or clean dishes. Store is VERY dusty and in need of serious cleaning. Bathhouses have no soap dispensers or anything to dry hands with. Staff not friendly or rude, they're just there. Seems they don't take pride in their campground but it could be awesome if they did. Rated 4 only due to location as it's close to GSMNP for hiking and tubing! 3 minutes to Bryson City which is a great town, and only 20 minutes to Cherokee... Location is great. Couldn't park tow vehicle in tandem with rv due to site being all mud, hence the reason for the need for gravel.... - galbud
Jul 2017 - $43.00
I use this park every few years and there have been a lot of camp cabins added over the years. The sites are grass on the mountain view sites. The hookups were good and the cable TV was okay. The creek is great to tube down and the National park has horse back riding through a private vendor and trails to hike. The county road going to the campground is narrow. They have a well stocked onsite store and many things for the kids to keep them busy on the grounds. Will return and this is one of my favorite places to visit. - DS650
Jun 2016 - $59.00
Great place to stay near Bryson City. A little overpriced for the amenities. People drive too fast. Roads are dusty. Sites are small. Staff were personable. Plenty of little people running around. Rafting was great fun for the 6 year old. Full hookups are a plus. Sites are not cleaned after each use. - Phill
Aug 2016 - $15.00
We stayed here from the end of August 2016 until the beginning of January 2017. Top notch owners are the salt of the earth. Usually you could find someone to help you with whatever you needed help with, the long-termers are very friendly and welcoming. It's an older park so it had a few plumbing and drainage issues. The pool was very cold when we tried to use it the week before it closed for the season. We found the atmosphere to be very relaxed. We would stay here again. - Ferrero16
Sep 2012 - $32.00
Most of the campground is taken up with permanent residents. Some of the permanents are pretty run down. Friendly staff. Wi-Fi works only at the store. Good cable TV. OK place to stay if you don't plan on being in the campground all the time. - arkietraveler
Jun 2010 - $35.00
Oh yes! The staff (owners?) were very frendly and helpful indeed. This place is an older campground filled with mostly long-term residents. Very many of them with attachments (more like roots) indicating YEARS of being here. This place is more sow's ear than silk purse. I was placed in a refurbished area (on one of the very FEW pull through sites) and so had 50 amp service. Allowing for mountains and distance from the city I had almost NO Verizion cell service: but was able to use the WiFi. There were several "choke points" (including the main entrance) for larger rigs and a place or two, too tight for much more than a pop-up. I fouled some overhead phone lines while exiting and driving through one of those choke points. The place is somewhat poorly laid out as it seems to have grown in stages over the years. There are too many other places in the area to claim use just for convienence, but in line w/ the general "pricyness" of the area and time of year. Not really sure I would return or suggest others stay. - D Ward
Jan 2019 - $45.00
Just spent a fantastic weekend at Grumpy Bear Campground! We highly recommend this campground if you need a great spot in this area! The owner is great. He's onsite 24/7 and helps you park and will help with setup if needed! Cleanest and best designed bathrooms/showers you'll ever see! Individual units give you the privacy you've never had at a campground! Only 5 minutes from downtown Bryson City, 10 minutes from Deep Creek Park and only 15 minutes from Cherokee! Located right off Hwy 19, it's easy to reach these destinations. After a great day site seeing you come back to a campground right on the river! - 2rad4u
Aug 2018 - $45.00
Stayed for three nights in a site that backed directly on the beautiful river. The campground is small mostly gravel with nice bathrooms. Very convenient to Bryson city downtown. The owner was nice and assists everyone into their site on arrival. - Dat
Jun 2018 - $45.00
When we arrived we didn't like how close the sites were located and it was very muddy. We decided not to stay and went elsewhere. Nice location on the water. Owner was very friendly when we spoke with him. - Texan58