Date of Stay: June, 2005
The e-mail address for this campground on Passport-America is incorrect. In addition, the 800 number I found for this campground has been disconnected, but the local number works fine to reach them: 828-389-3241. The campground has no direct access to Lake Chatuge but there are public ramps in the Hayesville area. Three public boat ramps on the NC portion of Lake Chatuge: Jackrabbit Mountain Campground, off Hwy 175; Gibson Cove Campground, off Myers Chapel Road; and Ledford Chapel Wildlife Access Ramp, on Hwy 64. There are some in the Hiawassee area including the US Forest Service campground and boat ramp. Further, they have seasonal rates and their season is from May 1st to Nov 1st. They are open year around so they also have winter rates. The monthly, seasonal and winter rates include about 60 channes of cable TV, but do not include electricity which they bill you for each month. Expect to have to buy propane in 30 gallon portable tanks for the winter months and cover the water spigot and hose into your RV with electric insulation tape.
Date of Stay: October, 2004
River Bend is an excellent RV campground. The owner who resides in Florida during the winter [lucky guy] is very pleasant and friendly. The campground facility with a fireplace and large screen tv is right next to the mountain stream near the entrance and is very cozy on a cold fall day or night with the fire blazing. The campsites are great. We stopped a couple of nights in October, 2001 on our way to Ohio from the Tampa Bay area. We had three little toy dogs and there was plenty of area to walk them in. We enjoyed the seclusion of being right next to the babbling stream with trees around us. This place would be great for an extended stay. Approaching from Clayton, Ga up through Highlands, NC is a bit of a driving nightmare, but once you get to Lake Toxaway, things get better, driving-wise. It would be easier to get here from Brevard ! One of the best campgrounds we have stayed in. We would stay there again, no problem.