Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Standing Indian Campground

We camped at Standing Indian Campground in the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina over Mother's Day weekend. This is our old familiar C.G. and is only about 15 miles from home and we have camped here countless times over 30 years. 
For this trip, the grandsons joined us and we had our daughter and her family out for a Mother's Day cook out. We played baseball, splashed in the creek, hiked, and rode bicycles with the grandkids. What's not to like?

Gnometown set up in Site 51.

Wyatt was champion hot dog griller.

Cook out on Mother's Day.

Nanny played in the creek with the kids.
A little about the campground:
Standing Indian sits at an elevation of 3,880 feet at the headwaters of the Nantahala River, so it is always several degrees cooler than Franklin, down in the valley.
It is a beautiful campground, dominated by huge oaks and lush rhododendron, and surrounded by 5,000 foot peaks, including Standing Indian Mountain.
Numerous trails cut through the area, and the Appalachian Trail can be easily accessed at Deep Gap by the 4 mile long Kimsey Creek Trail which cuts through the campground. Fishermen love the trout waters and kids love playing in the creeks.
The CG consists of 5 loops (4 paved and 1 gravel) and approximately 80 sites. The gravel loop offers more secluded sites. Many of the sites are reservable and some are 1st come, 1st served. The cost is $16 dollars per night.
There are no power, water, or sewer hookups. However they do have showers with hot water and clean flushable restrooms.
A campground store offers a limited number of items, including sweet treats and fire wood.
There is no phone or wifi reception, so be prepared to UNPLUG!

I rode through on my bicycle and shot video footage: