After our wonderful experience at family operated KOA Travelers Rest campground, see my summary at http://joannsfoodbites.com/camping-koa-travelers-rest/; Doug and I were looking for another family operated campground in the Blue Ridge Mountains for a quick getaway Forth of July weekend. Moonshine Creek Campground is a quiet, clean and a comfortable location fitting the bill perfectly.
Moonshine Creek Campground Amenities
Providing 91 shady campsites, the family operated campground has long term leases on several of these sites, however, there are sites available even for those larger rigs, like ours. The majority of sites have full hook ups (sewer, water, electric) and cable for a small additional fee. Not all sites provide 50 amp electric, so make sure to specify when making your reservation. Fire rings and picnic tables are at each site, even at the many tent sites. Each tent site has a small roofed shelter, campers can place their tent under, although, I saw many using this sheltered space to sit under, placing their tent to the side. Tent campers rest assure, there are sink stations throughout the tent area, as well as a large clean bathhouse with showers and laundry facilities. A small store, with ice and propane fuel purchase is available.
Retreat and Relax
The gravel road throughout the campground is wide and has an ample turn for larger rigs. Doug and I took several walks around the campground. The road is packed down and provides good footing for an after dinner stroll. Several small bridges and pathways are along the small creek flowing throughout the campground, leading to a small pond. The sound of trickling water looms over the entire property.
Located approximately one hour west of Ashville and one mile from a Blue Ridge Parkway entrance, Moonshine Creek is convenient to those wanting to visit several of the attractions in the western North Carolina mountains. Doug and I drove over to Cherokee, NC to visit the Indian Reservation shops and to hike Soco Falls , just off Hwy 19. Only a 50 yard hike from the very small pull off parking area, Soco Falls is well worth the visit. A large observation deck is about halfway down the steep terrain to the bottom of the falls. The pathway is small, slippery and not for those with severe knee issues. Large rocks have been placed for the steps down to the observation deck, which Doug had to help me maneuver, especially since it had rained and made the trail very slick.
Stopping at several glorious mountain view overlooks, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the most scenic drive in the Eastern United States. I recommend taking turns driving because there is so much to “oh” and “ah” over, it can be treacherous for an easily distracted driver. Doug and I encountered a medium sized black bear, while on the parkway. He scampered away before I could get my camera to click a photo, but it was so exhilarating, seeing a black bear in action, from the security of the truck.
Only one Negative
Not every campground can be perfect, there has to be at least one thing that is negative. I am honest and state my opinion only; however, I do have to advise campers staying at this highly recommended campground, if you have a low riding camper, such as as our fifth wheel, be extremely careful entering the campground property. The driveway off the road is rather steep and our rear jacks on the camper hit the asphalt as we climbed the hill. It bent both of our rear jacks and we had to replace them before we could even set up camp. It was not a problem upon leaving. Just make sure you do not make a sharp turn entering and be aware if your camper sits low to the ground.
Moonshine Creek Campground 2486 Dark Ridge Rd. Sylva, NC 28779