Site 71 at Standing Indian campground in Natahala National Forest (western NC). Stop by if you happen to be in the area.
In Franklin, NC, at the intersection of of US Rts. 23/441/64,
take US Rt. 64 west for 12 miles to Wallace Gap/Standing Indian
campground sign (Old Murphy Rd.). Turn left onto Old Murphy Rd.
and go 1.9 miles to Standing Indian campground sign (Forest Rt.
67). Turn right onto Rt. 67 and go 1.8 miles to "Y"
intersection. Bear right into campground.
The elevation is 3,160 ft.
The campground, loaded with Rhododendrons, is bisected by the
Nantahala River and Kimsey Creek. There are five loops. Sites
1 through 54 are located on open flats with paved aprons and wide
interior road. Sites 55 through 84 are along a hillside, nestled
among Rhododendrons and hemlocks, with a steep gravel access road.
The campground is situated in what is considered one of the best
hiking destinations in the southwest mountains. It is one of the
few places where one can actually take a loop hike, a part of which
is the Appalachian Trail.