Campsite of the Month-Standing Indian Campground, NC

OFF FOREST DEVELOPMENT RD 67
FRANKLIN  NC  28734
(828) 524-6441
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=48668&actid=62

The Scoop

Standing Indian Campground is located in the Nantahala Forest in Southeast North Carolina. Located just south of the Great Smoky Mountain Range within the Nantahala National Forest, this campground served as our viewing site for the August 21st total solar eclipse. Here you'll find great hiking, fishing, hunting and primitive, improved, RV and group campsites. It is well-know to hikers due to its access to the iconic Appalachian Trail. 

View from campsite #34 overlooking hill, grassy area and campsites 22, 23 and 30

What We Loved

There are some really awesome campsites here. Most sites are close together like you'd find at most parks, but a few, like the one pictured above, offered space and privacy and a break in the trees that was perfect for eclipse viewing! Standing Indian also offered great hiking. In addition to access to the Appalachian Trail, there were several trail systems within the park with great views and beautiful waterfalls. The camp store was well stocked and the park staff was friendly and helpful. The clean restrooms and hot showers were a much appreciated amenity as well.  

View from bridge crossing Nantahala River. 

What We'd Like to See Instead

There isn't really anything you could ding this park for so if we have to pick something, we'd choose the lack of a swimming hole. There were plenty of waterfalls to view and places where splashing in the creek was refreshing and fun, but an actual swim location would have been nice as well. Although, the water was pretty cold, so we probably would not have lasted long! 

Campsite of the Month-Krause Springs

 Natural falls and swimming hole

Natural falls and swimming hole

The Scoop

Krause Springs is a popular Hill Country destination situated on 115 acres that has been privately owned and operated by the Krause Family since 1955. The many springs feed two swimming pools (one natural, one man-made) with a near constant flow at a cool 68 degrees. throughout the property you'll find areas for RV and tent camping, fishing, numerous picnic tables, restrooms, a bathhouse (don't let the chilly, spring-fed showers surprise you!), butterfly garden, and pavilion perfect for large gatherings and weddings.  For strong and adventurous swimmers, there is a rope swing and cliff diving spot that is not terribly high. 

lying in the hammock in the butterfly garden

What We Loved

The groundskeeper at Krause Springs has done a wonderful job with the Butterfly Gardens. I was amazed at how lush the greenery was even in the middle of the Texas summer. The flowers were blooming, it smelled wonderful and secured from sprawling oak trees were the largest wind chimes I've ever seen. You can tell the family takes great care to ensure this part of the property is well-maintained. We also found a great, shaded spot to relax along the brook which flows into Little Cypress Creek. In this area of the park you'll find a short trail connecting the swimming area to the camping area. We did enjoy a nice swim in the natural pool which didn't feel too cold to us until we sat underneath the waterfalls in the grotto! 

 

 

Quiet spot along the brook

What We'd Like to See Instead

The website says there is plenty of space for camping and consequently, they do not accept reservations for tent camping. RV site reservations can be made over the phone. We found, however, that with the exception of a few large sites, the campsites were rather close to one another and groups could easily find themselves in close quarters on a busy weekend. The same can be said for the swimming areas, which are beautiful, but on the small side. Camping fees are a bit expensive at $15 per adult per night ($10 for kids ages 4-11) and the amount of trash left at our campsite was surprising. It is definitely worth a day trip, but if you have your heart set on camping on a popular weekend, I would head over to nearby Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area or Pace Bend Park instead.