Outdoor Activities in the NC, GA and TN Mountains - Part 2 Hiking & Camping

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Hope you saw our first post on the Wild & Wet outdoor activities that this tri-state area has to offer. If not, you can see Part 1 - Wild & Wet to catch up with us. Our next adventure take us into the woods. The North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee mountains provide the perfect place for camping and hiking. That's right grab those hiking shoes and sleeping bags! These campgrounds all have great trails around them or access to some great trails for hiking. The locations below are just a few of the many places where you can explore the great outdoors. Don't forget the camera!

North Carolina...
CADES COVE CAMPGROUND:
There is a beautiful campground at the entrance to Cades Cove and several backcountry sites accessible via the hiking trails. The largest campground by far is the one on the left as you enter the Cades Cove area. It has one hundred and fifty nine campsites some of which are wheelchair accessible. Sites handle trailers up to thirty five feet. Motor homes can be a little larger-forty feet. The sites have picnic tables, fire rings and lantern hangers and the Cades Cove Campground store.
HANGING DOG CAMPGROUND:
Located along Lake Hiawassee within the Nantahala National Forest, 5 miles northwest of Murphy, NC. Hanging Dog Recreation Area takes it's name from Hanging Dog Creek, scene of the last battle of the Civil War. Offering a variety of amenities and recreational opportunities including camping, hiking, bikibg, 2 boat ramps (Hanging Dog Boat Ramp & Ramsey Bluff Boat Ramp), and a picnic area, Hanging Dog Recreational Area may be reached by traveling along Joe Brown Highway (NC 1326) from Murphy for 5 miles. Turn left at the Hanging Dog Recreation Area Sign.
NELSON'S NANTAHALA HIDEAWAY: Nestled in the heart of the Nantahala forest at Topton, NC. Fidely Nelson settled our family here in the late 1800's and we invite you to experience true Southern Appalachian hospitality at our campground and cabins surrounded by hiking, trout fishing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling, horseback riding and more. After an exciting stay in the Nantahala gorge... enjoy rustic living and spend a relaxing evening around your own private campfire. Walk in the footsteps of the great Cherokee Chiefs and discover "what Fidely did" in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains. 
For more information visit, http://ncnatural.com/NCUSFS/Nantahala/nantfac.html and http://main.nc.us/graham/hiking/rangerhq.html 

Georgia...     
MORGANTON POINT RECREATION AREA:
Overlooking Lake Blue Ridge, this recreation area offers camping, picnicking, boating, swimming, fishing and hiking. The area has 37 campsites, 13 picnic tables and a shelter. There is a paved boat launch and a pebble beach. Each campsite has a tent pad, grill and picnic table. Open mid-April through mid-September.
FRANK GROSS CAMPGROUND: Located on Rock Creek, this area offers camping, hiking and trout fishing. There are nine campsites with picnic tables, tent pads and grills. Hikers can enjoy the Appalachian Trail nearby. Fishing in Rock Creek and Mill Creek for stocked and wild trout is excellent and the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery is nearby. Open late March to end October.
COOPER CREEK CAMPGROUND: Located on Cooper Creek, this area offers camping, hiking and trout fishing. There are 17 camp sites with picnic tables, tent pads and grills. Four of the sites are waterfront. This is a popular area for fishing in Cooper and Mulky Creek for stocked and wild trout. The area adjoins the 1,240 acre Cooper Creek Scenic Area. Open late March to end October.
DEEP HOLE CAMPGROUND: Located on the Toccoa River, this recreation area offers camping, boating and fishing. Eight campsites are equipped with tent pads and picnic tables. A canoe launch makes river access easy for floating the Toccoa River Canoe Trail. Fishing is good for rock and smallmouth bass, rainbow and brown trout. Open all year.
For more information visit, www.fs.fed.us/conf/. and Chattahoochee National Forest

Tennessee...
CHILHOWEE CAMPGROUND:
Located within the Cherokee National Forest, the 82 site Chilhowee Campground is made up of 6 camping loops and one "overflow" area for walk-in tent campers. With 35 tent only sites and 47 tent or RV campsites, Chilhowee Campground offers full hook-ups (including waste), water, toilets and hot showers. In addition to the great views leading up to Chilhowee Campground, hiking, boating (no power) and swimming are available.
GEE CREEK CAMPGROUND: An old favorite with people in Reliance. While you're here at Gee Creek Campground you can take a hike along the Gee Creek Trail and meet lots of folks from close by Reliance. Camping out sure is an entertaining thing to do, and Gee Creek Campground in Tennessee is the outdoors at its finest.
HIWASSEE SCENIC RIVER PARK:
Located on Spring Creek Road at US 411, the Ocoee River on US 64, Hiwassee Scenic River Park is the first river managed in the State Scenic River program. Stretching from the North Carolina state line to US 411 north of Benton Tennessee, the 23 miles section of river is a Class III, partially developed river. Offering camping, picnicking, canoeing, rafting, fishing, and hiking, several public access sites provide boat ramps.

FOR MORE HIKING TRAILS

Nantahala National Forest Trails

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Trails

Appalachian Trails in NC  

We'll continue our series of great outdoor
activities in the NC, GA and TN mountains
so don't miss our next post Part 3 on
Road & Mountain Biking in the Mountains.

Outdoor Activities in the NC, GA and TN Mountains
Part 1
Wild & Wet

For more information contact
Lee & Carol Barbour www.LeeAndCarol.com

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Rainmaker
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Jane Peters
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This is a great post for your local market.  Your really do an excellent job on these.

Oct 07, 2009 04:34 PM #1
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Marcia Hawken
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Lee and CArol, Good localism post.  When I was to get away from the summer heat in Naples, I may come up to your area.  Looks wonderful!

Oct 07, 2009 10:02 PM #2
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Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Hi Jane - Thanks for your encouragement. We live in such a beautiful area and these activities are for the whole family to enjoy.

Oct 07, 2009 11:23 PM #3
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Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Well, come on up Marcia! We'll find you a great little cabin with a mountain view to stay in.

Oct 07, 2009 11:25 PM #4
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Mary Douglas
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Hi Lee and Carol, I love the photos and learning more about your area.  Thanks for the post- it looks beautiful there!

Oct 08, 2009 03:06 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Thanks Mary - That means a lot knowing what a beautiful state you live in. We hope to vacation in Colorado some day.

Oct 09, 2009 02:27 PM #6
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Sharon Tara
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You sure know how to write a Localism series!  Well done!  I haven't been camping in years.  We used to have a trailer and we went away with the kids every weekend.  I loved it...especially the campfire and marshmallows!

Oct 13, 2009 05:49 AM #7
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Smores are the best part of camping! When we were kids our parents took us camping all over in a pop-up camper. Those are some of my favorite memories. Falls is the perfect time to go camping and hiking. Thanks for stopping by Sharon!

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