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River Valley Campground

Cherokee, North Carolina


2978 Big Cove Rd
Cherokee, North Carolina 28719
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Sites: 160
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.52063
Longitude: -83.28139

Elevation: 2163' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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28 Reviews

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground. Cash only. Plenty of shady sites, accommodating friendly staff, and beside a lovely river. If possible, get a river site. Close to Cherokee shopping and Native Indian museum. Good showers with an outside area to hang your clothes. My only complaint, and it's not a big one, would be the golf cart traffic. Seemed they were always cruising around. However, it was very quiet at night. The only sound was the rushing of the river. We camped at River Valley Campground in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

We have been staying at this park at lease once a year for over 15 years. The office and park staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. It is true that some of the sites can be tight for large rigs, but there are plenty of sites for large units. The bath houses are dated but kept very clean. There are lots of trees, which are great for shade but can be a challenge if trying to use satellite tv. Tell the office when you check in, or better yet when you make a reservation, and they will recommend an appropriate site. WiFi and cell service are not dependable, but the beautiful surroundings more than make up for it. We camped at River Valley Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $39.00
Overall Rating:

What an absolute GEM!!! This was by far the best campground we stayed at during a 3 week, 9 campground tour. Set down in a valley along the river, this campground was amazing. Our site backed up to the river, and the fish and feathered friends were daily visitors. The sites were well set apart, very quiet and relaxing. The office staff was professional, courteous and accommodating. All amenities were well maintained. I did not have cell service (AT&T) but WIFI was available. However more time was spent relaxing by the river or exploring the campground, so phone weren't a priority. We camped for 2 days in a 33' motorhome. We camped at River Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A12
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Fly fishing, tubing, hiking

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

A beautiful campground. We stayed on the river site b-2 with full hook ups. Cable included. The motorhome was about 3 feet from the river. The river was a pleasure to listen to. This is a great spot for day trips. The staff was very nice. The bathrooms very clean. We will be back! We camped at River Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
2b
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

The campgrounds lay beautifully with shade and a stocked trout stream that you can fish. The sites are not cramped and the staff and camp workers are helpful and happy with many returning year-after-year. It is in a quiet location sitting right outside the entrance to the Great Smokey National Park. There is lots to do and see in Cherokee and nearby Bryson City, and it's easily drivable to Asheville. The only downside is that the showers are so cramped you can hardly turn around and the lighting is extremely poor. We camped at River Valley Campground in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Must call to make reservations. The website isn't really very good and doesn't have a map which makes it hard to select a site. The river sites are excellent and some of them could handle ~30' rigs. Cell reception was very poor. Bathrooms were mostly clean but very old. The staff was friendly during check in. Sites were mostly dirt, and the campground had lots of shade trees. They were not especially spacious but not too tight either. There are several other campgrounds in the Cherokee area and most of them are outdated and frankly didn't look safe. I would recommend this campground to someone staying in the area and highly recommend a river site. We camped at River Valley Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Adirondack Mountains near Lake Placid have better views, nicer campgrounds, real mountain towns, and more natural attractions than the Smoky Mountain National Park. I wasn't impressed with the Smokies.

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Review Count: 151
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 39

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

The Raven Fork river is right at the edge of the park, with some camping from tents to motor homes available on the bank. The river and nearby waters are stocked with trout, and most places are "catch and keep". A Cherokee Indian fishing license ($10 for one day; $17 for two) is required. Most non-tent sites are on concrete. The park was comfortable when about 30% full. The spots, however, are very close together and a full park may feel crowded. The campground was well kept up with the exception of decrepit fire rings. WiFi is almost non-existent with slightly better reception near the office; even there, speed was in the 1-4 kps range (that's kilobytes per second, not megabytes) and useful only for collecting email. The campground is surrounded by hills; satellite TV is available only at a few sites. Camping is cash only. We camped at River Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A39
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The town of Cherokee is pretty much a tourist trap. Entrances to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway are nearby. The best activity maps are found at the Park's Visitor Center. One-day express delivery service is not available in the area. Do not approach Cherokee from the east on U.S. 19 in any vehicle other than a car. It's narrow, twisty and steep. The route that goes through Silva is much tamer.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $46.00
Overall Rating:

I was pleasantly surprised being surrounded by natural beauty...the trout streams and mountains. It you are looking for relaxation, good price and beautiful scenery, go here! We camped at River Valley Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
Yes
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

I've been going here since I was old enough to drive. It's on a valley, mountains all around. You don't see the sun until 9:30 in the fall and it hides behind the mountain after 4. The only issue is if you need access to the internet, it is scarce in this area due to the mountainous location. Can't get a signal here. Campsites are clean and well maintained and the owners/staff are friendly and accommodating. They accept cash only... No checks or credit cards. We camped at River Valley Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
44
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

You go for the environment and scenery... or the casino if that's your thing. Within 3 miles of ranger station at the entrance of smokey mountains national park. Reasonable drive to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Maggie Valley, Asheville and other small mountain towns.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We have stayed here for the last 2 years and will next year also. We love this campground. The nicest people you would want to meet. If you enjoy fishing and river streams this is the place to go. Very cool in August especially on the river, Fishing is better in Spring and early fall when water is higher usually. Closed between Nov-March. We camped at River Valley Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B10
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Casino and stores in Cherokee and the Smokey Mountains

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Review Count: 96
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful setting! This campground sits on a river that has waterfalls and rapids. We had a site on the river with the sights and sounds of rushing rapids right out our back window. It is surrounded by mountains and shady.

The Verizon cellular service was very weak, as the park is surrounded by mountains and the camp's WiFi was non-existent. They said they were working on it.

There are tent sites on the river as well as larger sites for trailers, 5th wheels and motorhomes. Some reviewers have said the sites on the river were close together but were were almost up to the "permanent residents" section and the sites 12, 13, 14 (we were on 13) were very spacious. There are many pull-throughs and back-in sites off the river and those don't have as many shade trees. The upper portion of the park is for permanent residents and it is kept very neat with strict rules that maintains the beauty of the campground and surrounding area.

Water pressure was good and cable was snowy and only about 25 channels.

We will go back because we really enjoyed the campgrounds and the area. We camped at River Valley Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

This is Cherokee, NC and the Harrah's Casino is there, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and plenty of tourist attractions.

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here over the 4th of July and it was very crowded during that period as to be expected. Some sites can be pretty tight especially those next to the river. It is a very lovely location and the people that run this are very nice. Wifi wasn't very good during our stay and that could have been due to the amount of people there. Verizon signal was hit or miss. There are some big trees that could be a problem for large rigs if one doesn't take there time. Overall a very nice campground that sits right on a river stocked with trout. We'll go back but at a different time of the year when its less crowded . We camped at River Valley Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

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! We camped at River Valley Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

This was our first time to visit the Great Smokie Mountians, and we were very happy to have found this park! All sites for short term stay have level concrete pads, full hook ups, a beautiful setting by the stream and surrounded by the mountians. Very quiet location, except for the daily trash truck as a previous reviewer mentioned. The is no cell service in this area. The staff is very friendly, hassle free rates, paid by cash only. We will stay here again! We camped at River Valley Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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plm

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Destination campground located adjacent to a mountain stream in the mountains of North Carolina. Campground is at the south end of the Blue Ridge Parkway at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains NP. Good, well marked access from highway. Well maintained park with lots of long term residents. Pet friendly for friendly pets. Paved interior roads. Level gravel and some concrete level sites. Average space between sites with gravel and some trees between sites. Picnic table and fire ring at each site. A little tight for big rigs but doable. Good access to utilities and all worked properly. Good cable selection . No Wi-Fi and no Verizon data coverage. Spotty to no cell phone coverage. Had to go into Cherokee to get Wi-Fi. Showers/restrooms are modern and clean, and laundry is fine. Very quiet with no train, plane, or traffic noise. Very friendly and helpful staff. Cash only-no credit cards. Good fishing in the streams adjacent to the park and in the area. Nothing for kids other than the stream . Good location to explore the National Park and area. Big Casino in town. We would return We camped at River Valley Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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