Local Area Attractions
Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River
Only 30 minutes from the Campground, Nantahala Outdoor Center Rafting offers river rafting through family friendly rapids that are mild but exciting. It features 8 miles on easy Class 2 rapids before splashing through the exciting Class 3 whitewater. There is no age limit so even people in their 60's can enjoy it. There is a minimum weight for children of 60 lbs.
Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tour
Book your canopy tour through us and get DISCOUNTED RATES! Call for details.. The Nantahala Canopy Tour is an exhilarating 3 1/2 mile adventure with 11 zip line sections. It takes you through multiple ecosystems, past hemlocks, and into hardwood treetops. Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change. It takes limited energy to participate and it is not designed to scare with big drops as much as excite with smooth gliding. All flyers must be in good physical condition. Flyers must be at least 10 years old and between 70 and 250 lbs. Closed-toe shoes required, modest clothing recommended. Rack Rates: $79.00 Our Rate: $75.00 http://www.nantahalagorgecanopytours.com
Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River
Wildwater Outfitters, 30 miles from the Campground on the Ocoee River, offers big closely spaced rapids which makes it one of the most popular whitewater rivers in the nation. No other river in the East offers the degree of challenge, variety, and consistent water flow that is found here. It has been named one of the 10 best whitewater rivers in the country by Canoe Magazine. Minimum 10 years, weight must be between 70-250 lbs.
Ocoee River Basin Canopy Tour
Also 30 minutes from the Park, The Ocoee River Basin Canopy Tour is the only treetop and deep woods canopy experience in the Ocoee Region. Fly over ravines and learn about the environmental devastation and the subsequent reforestation of the region. Zip 50 feet above a bold mountain stream as you wind your way through the trees and enjoy the scene from a birds-eye-view. Rack Rate: $79.00 Our Rate: $75.00 www.ocoeeriverbasincanopytours.com
Mercier Apple Orchard
/Mercier Orchards nestled in the North Georgia Mountains is a family owned and operated apple orchard. Started back in 1943 by Bill & Adele Mercier, Mercier Orchards is now celebrating 66 years of fruitful harvests. One stop at Mercier Orchards sends your senses into overdrive. Bushels of apples, fresh from the surrounding orchard, invite you to taste. Bottles of fresh cider, jams, jellies and other gourmet treats are ready for you to take home. Share the harvest with fortunate friends and family. Also while visiting, stop by our bakery and try a famous fried apple pie or at the deli and grab a Pecan Chicken Salad sandwich, or maybe even one of our delicious wraps made with Premium Boar's Head meat.
The Appalachian Trail is a 2,175-mile long public footpath. Conceived in 1921 and completed in 1937, private citizens built the trail and thousands like you each year volunteer to maintain its footprint. From Maines Mount Katahdin and Georgias Springer Mountain, this footpath traverses scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild and culturally resonant lands through 14 of the eastern United States. Access to the southern end of the Trail is within an hour from our KOA.
John C. Campbell Folk School
John C. Campbell Folk School, a 12 minute ride from the Park, provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. The School is located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, and offers year-round week long and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing. Folks come together in this haven, tucked in the beautiful western North Carolina mountains, to have creative and fun learning experiences. Concert Series The Folk Schools free Friday night concert series features some of the finest regional and national acts performing old-time, bluegrass, folk, gospel and Celtic music. Community Dances Community dances are usually held every other Saturday evening and are relished by local residents and visitors who enjoy contra and square dancing to live music. Nature Trails Numerous walking trails meander the 300-acre campus, including the Rivercane Walk, a creek side trail with art honoring the Cherokee heritage of the Appalachian area.
Fields of the Wood Bible Park
Welcome to what DiscoverTheSmokies.com proclaims as the 2003 NUMBER ONE family attraction in the entire Smokies area - the Fields Of The Wood Bible Park, where God's Word is PROUDLY displayed amidst all God's creations. The park is open year round from sunrise to sunset. and is FREE to all who enter the arch (just as SALVATION is freely given, bought by the blood of our precious SAVIOR when he laid down HIS LIFE for all.)
Multiple public riding stables located within easy driving distance of the campground. Being near the Nantahala Forest provides many miles of scenic riding.
Hiking in Nantahala National Forest
Hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind through Nantahala. It's a great place to enjoy the peace and wonder of nature, whatever your hiking ability
Browse the shops of downtown Murphy and the surrounding mountain towns. You never know what treasures you may find!
Multiple flea markets are within easy driving distance of the campground, open on almost any day of the week. Find most anything you may be--or may not be--looking for here!
Our area is known for many local golf courses catering to every skill level. Check with our front office for information on specific courses in the area.
Mason's Ruby and Sapphire Mine
One of the last Macon County's mines where you still dig your own dirt, which can contain different color sapphires or rubies. Four flumes with ample running water coming from the Burningtown Creek (stocked trout stream) are available to wash your dirt to expose the gravels containing the gemstones. Over the years, many stones have come out of this mine which was leased to mining companies in the latter part of the last century searching for abrasive material, corundum, and has been in the Mason's family since then.
Cherohala Skyway Loop
The Cherohala Skyway was completed in the fall of 1996 after being under construction for some thirty-four years. It is North Carolina's most expensive highway carrying a price /tag of $100,000,000. Winding up and over 5,400 foot mountains for 15 miles in North Carolina and descending another 21 miles into the deeply forested backcountry of Tennessee. The road crosses through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests thus the name "Chero...hala". The Skyway is becoming well known in motorcycling and sportscar circles for its long, sweeping corners, scenic views and cool summer breezes. Beginning at Santeetlah Gap on the North Carolina side (at elevation 2660 feet), the road quickly twists and ascends to Santeetlah, an overlook at the highest elevation of 5390 feet. Along this section you will ride the mountain top for another seven miles to the Tennessee state line. At the state line the descent starts into the Tellico River basin. There are more spectacular scenic vistas on the Tennessee side. A detour to Bald River Falls on paved Forest Service Road 210 is well worth the short trip. Water cascades over 100 feet onto the rocks below - all which can be seen from the comfort of your car. The Tellico River, at the lower elevations on the Tennessee side, is famous for its trout fishing, and when the water is up, can be quite a challenge for canoers and kayakers. The river leads you to the sleepy town of Tellico Plains where you can fill your tank and feed your belly.
Nantahala National Forest
The Nantahala National Forest is a great place for water lovers. Along with the namesake river and gorge, there are impressive waterfalls, including the highest waterfall in the east - Whitewater Falls.
Mountain Waters National Scenic Byway
Some of the most beautiful and spectacular scenery in the southern Appalachians includes two river gorges and rural countryside. There is easy access to a wide variety of adventure on this 61.3 mile drive that winds through southern Appalachian hardwood forest, two spectacular river gorges, and rural countryside. From Highlands to Almond, the route follows US 64, old US 64, NC 1310, and US 19 through Nantahala National Forest. For the first 7.5 miles, the by-way travels through picturesque Cullasaja Gorge. The winding road parallels the river's most rugged course and offers scenic views of the river and waterfalls. If you stop at Bridal Veil Falls along the way, your car can get a natural car wash.
RidgeRunner Zip Lines
RidgeRunner Ziplines is a family owned and operated canopy tour adventure service. We are dedicated to providing you primarily a SAFE and FUN experience with a birds eye view ziplining thru the beautiful flora abundant in the southern Appalachian mountains. We are Located just south of the Nantahala Gorge. Tours are fully guided..All gear and training is included. Call us to schedule special tours for big groups!
Mountain Wake Cable park
Crystal clear water, warm sunny weather and gorgeous mountain scenery sounds like the perfect wakeboard filming location right?! Add in a Sesitec System 2.0 cable and you'd consider it heaven almost?! Well that was just the description for Mountain Wake in North Georgia.
Mountain Wake is located off Highway 76 right outside Hiawassee on beautiful Lake Chatuge. We are your one stop shop for anything and everything wake sport related. Head to the Ridges Resort and hit some of our custom obstacles at the cable park. Feeling more like a boat set? That's fine, the same dock you ride the cable from is the same dock you'll hop into one of our inboard wake boat and head out for some boat shredding!
Mountain Wake has the location, the gear and all the know how to help you enjoy your favorite sport to its fullest. Whether you're making the quick 2 hour drive from Atlanta, trekking over from Tennessee, or riding over from the Carolinas, we welcome all wake enthusiasts to come join in the fun. After all, that's why we're here, to make sure you have great experience!