Moonshine Creek Campground

     


Balsam, North Carolina
Phone: (828) 586-6666

Sites: 91
Recent Rate: $34 8/2014


Latitude: 35.4303231632472
Longitude: -83.074836730957

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • yes-stream Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 25
  • Good 8
  • Average 2
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 2

38 Reviews

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katfisch

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful campground in a rustic setting in the mountains of NC. They have cabins, tent sites, and RV sites, and we saw all three in use. All are heavily shaded. A small but active creek runs through the campground providing wonderful background sounds. Our RV site, #74, was especially nice as the creek ran behind the site (the back of our motorhome jutted out over the creek) and then curved around our camping side where we had a private wooden deck over the creek! Some of the sites are small - our driver's side slide is about three feet away from touching our neighbor's awning. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It's just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and there are many places to go hiking nearby. There's a real sense of community in the campground, other campers out and about, interesting in chatting, etc. The drawbacks for us were the lack of any open space to play with our dogs, and the lack of Wi-Fi. They have a hotspot in their office which you can use for occasional connectivity. AT&T coverage is poor, Verizon is moderate, but with our 4G booster we were able to get good connections with both. We received no over-the-air TV channels, but the campground does offer cable TV for a daily fee. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

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mj1angier

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here the first of April 2014. I will give the facts first and then my "feel" of the place last. Finding the campground is a little hard when we went. There was road construction going on on Hwy 73 so it was a bit confusing with all the orange barrels but after turning off the main road it is a quick right on a winding road. Not a problem with a pop-up but would give me pause with a big trailer. Entrance to park is on the left marked with a yellow lettered sign. Easy to see in the day time, but maybe a problem at night the first time you go. Drive into park is tight if you meet someone coming out. Office/ store is on the right with a pull off area to park when you check in. Owner checked us in. She was very friendly and helpful. She called for her husband to show us to our site and help position camper. After finding out we were new campers, he was very hands- on, helping us put into place to the inch. Campground is in small valley with most sites near creek. Some sites are high up on a bank that look down into campground. The site we chose was 20c, a pie shaped lot right beside the creek. Camper faced the creek with a tall (30ft ?) bank on the other side. It had the table at the far end of the site and fire pit at the front. With camper facing creek and tall bank, site was very private and big enough for the 2 of us and 1 dog. Larger family with kids might not have enough room and site drops off about 3 ft to creek so small kids would need to be watch close. It has water and elec. no sewer. Good base of gravel and a slight slope to creek/ far end, but nothing the could not be leveled by trailer and a board. Water pressure was good and electric was correct. The park is very nice with large back-in lots for RVs and good tent sites. A stream runs down the middle with some nice photo areas. There is a trout pond that may be stocked, not sure.I think maybe 1/2 of the sites are permanent renters, but they are in good repair. There are a few cabins for rent, some are newer than others. The store has basic needs. Staff was helpful, although they were on a shorter day (10-6) when we were there. The WiFi hotspot is at the office and is small and slow, but fast enough to get emails. The bath/ laundry house was clean but dated. The inside temperature was kind of low some mornings ( see-your-breath-low) but the showers had good hot water. The laundry units were in good working order. A mixed load with towels and jeans cost about $4 from start to finish. They had a few paperbacks in a rack if you need something to read. Enough of the dry stuff- This is a nice place! It was still early season when we went and some things were in the works/ being trained, but we still loved it. It made a great base camp for day trips to surrounding towns. The owners and staff were great. Always helpful and friendly. The only reason it does not get a 10 is the bathrooms. They work and were clean but very dated looking. But the owners said they are getting ready to do a remodel on them. I think with so many trailers with there own bathrooms, it has been low on the list of things to do. But don't let that 1 ding hold you back. We hope to go again many times. Worth the 5 hr trip there for us. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Angie C

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful park that is spread out on quite a bit of land: great for taking our dogs for a walk. The sites are fairly level and gravel. The bathhouse was okay, but I would have liked it better if it had been updated a bit. The laundry room is in between the men's and ladies' rooms, but both washing machines were out of order when we were here. One thing I did not like was having to pay separately for cable TV, and extra guests over two people. The owner/manager escorted us to our site and was extremely helpful in helping us back in. There is a small store at the office, but to get groceries or go to a restaurant, it was 8 miles to Sylva. The road leading to the campground is near the Blue Ridge Parkway, but is very curvy. No problems maneuvering if you just take it slow. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Jeremy B

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

We absolutely loved this place. Our site was right on the creek and it was very relaxing to fall asleep to the sound of the running water. The campground itself was clean and well kept. Wi-Fi was very weak unless next to the office and even then if too many people got on the whole thing would reset. The only issue we had were some complaints about our dog (barking when we were out) but even then the owners were very accommodating in working with us to come up with a solution. We would definitely come here again. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

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DS650

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a wonderful campground which is well kept and clean. We stay here each July and just love this place. It is under heavy tree cover and stays very cool. There is a stream which runs down the middle of the campground which is very relaxing. The owners are awesome and folks who work there a friendly and helpful. Will always stay here when in the Balsam area! We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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A Couple Who Camp

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped here for 6 days to enjoy the fall leaves. Sites are a bit snug, but very woodsy park with a great stream that runs through the park. Park has cabins and tent sites too. Laundry room and restrooms were clean, though a bit outdated. Owners are very nice. Even helped us back into site and helped to level our trailer. Loved walking around campground. Very close to Waynesville and Sylva for restaurants and shopping. Right next to Blue Ridge Parkway. Go see the elk that are being re-introduced to the area. Loved this campground. Will be back. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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DS650

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Just a great location for motorcycle riding and just 25 minutes from Wayehutta and OHV area. As always park was clean, owner and hosts are great. I always stay here when I am in this area of NC. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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5thwheelnewbie

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Loved this park. We backed our 5th wheel into a slot beside the rushing creek. Had a wonderful mature tree for shade. This park had clean bathrooms and a laundry area. Took a small hike up through the woods. I couldn't find the waterfall that was supposed to be there. Maybe I didn't walk far enough. The owners were amazing. Since we were late, we made certain to call ahead and advise them of our late arrival. We arrived at around 8pm and the owner graciously showed us our site as he was leaving for the evening. What a great sport! I would definitely stay here again. I love the mountains and felt quite at home in this happy little hollow. Some may need more out-in-the-open sites, but I loved the feeling of being wrapped up in the mountains and the stream. The space between our neighbors was quite adequate and not too smothering. The road into the area is paved and has a switch-back but that is told on the website directions. The park itself has gravel roads and firm gravel pads. There are a few tent sites at the beginning of the park where the sunlight is profusely abundant. We stayed here 2 nights for a Western Carolina graduation ceremony. We will one day return. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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DS650

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

This is my family's favorite campground. The location is awesome. The place is clean and well kept. They are making improvements to the facilities and updating things yearly. The stream keeps the kids busy and the sound of the water rushing is so relaxing. The owner is open to suggestions and is on site working. It stays cool due to the shade. There is a train that goes by from time to time and the kids loved that. I will be back as I have been coming to this location for 10 years. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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jgd

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped at Moonshine Creek for eight nights in June 2012. We had a great time. The campground is situated in a very private area with tons of trees and a creek running through the middle of it. We were guided to our spot by the owner of the campground. He helped me during backing into the spot, and I must say he is really good at it. We camped right on the creek and the sound of the water running by was wonderful. Most of the campground is very shady, so the temperature was always extremely comfortable. It was June and we never ran our air conditioner. The campground owners are wonderful and they really take care of this campground. The bathroom facilities are older, but you won’t find a cleaner bathhouse facility around. I bet the staff is in there four to six times a day wiping things down. The owners are updating the tenters' restrooms currently and they plan to remodel the main bath house as soon as time permits. The grounds are immaculate and we couldn’t find a scrap of trash anywhere! It did rain quite a bit one day, but our site drained very well and we had no problems with mud, etc. Some of the RV sites are very close together. There is a little camp store on the property. It doesn’t have much, but it stocks the essentials that you may need. There is wireless Internet, but only at the office. There is no signal in the camping areas which was somewhat of a detractor for me. The sites have cable TV connections. There is no pool, but the kids can frolic in the cool, clean creek. The Blue Ridge Parkway is close by and offers some of the best views in the country. I would rate the campground a 10 if they had larger (wider) RV sites and wireless Internet in the RV area. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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User2043

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

We absolutely loved camping here during our recent stay over the July 4th weekend. The grounds were in great shape. It was nice to see so many families enjoying the weekend together. My wife and I are retired and finally made our way to the Blue Ridge Parkway, (we live in California), and we are very happy that we found Moonshine Creek since it was so close to the Parkway. We made our reservations last fall to ensure we would have a place to stay. The facilities were in great shape, bathrooms were fantastically clean, and the staff were helpful the entire weekend. The two main reasons we gave this campground a 10, were price and its location! $37 a night for a true campy feeling in the mountains. We will be back the next time we travel through the south east. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

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runner girl

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a nice park but not a whole lot to do inside the campground. Nothing at all for kids to do so it is fortunate mine are grown. Cable TV hook up gave us 13 channels. The park layout is a bit odd and there is a sharp turn in one spot where big rigs may have trouble (we are 33 ft). Our site was along a creek which was nice for the sound effects. Sites are very narrow and not very deep. Our front end was sticking out a bit onto the main road and we were not the only rig with that issue. The big plus for this park is the distance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is just a few miles from the campground. Lots of hiking trails and beautiful overlooks there. Park would have had a better rating if site was bigger, cable was more worth it, and if there was more to do in the park itself. We would come back if we do the BRP tour again. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

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Coma

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is ok, the staff are nice and the bathrooms are clean. However, our entire stay here consisted of walking through mud because there wasn't enough gravel on the sites or the driveways. We constantly had to clean the floors to our camper due to the mud. There's cable TV lines running everywhere along the ground. My daughter tripped over the cable wires twice and once skinning her knee. There wasn't enough room for us to open our awning due to a tree sitting directly in front of our door as you opened it. The picnic table was dilapidated, out-dated and extremely small. The firewood bundles are way over-priced at $5.00 per 4-5 pieces of wood (which burns in about an hour). They charged us $3.00 extra just for having two kids instead of just one. The sites are very tiny and almost directly on top of one another. The third night we stayed here, we met another couple who directed us down the road a half a mile and paid $10.00 for enough firewood to last us a week. (If you turn left out of the campground and go about 1/2 a mile. Just past this church there is a white trailer with wood sitting out in the yard everywhere. The guy is very nice and will even help you load the wood, should you stay at this campground.) Do not pay $5.00 for 4-5 pieces of wood. Also, the so-called creek there that "supposedly" has fish, is about the size of our bathtub in width. There is NO fish in that little creek. It should be called a "rill" and not a creek. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

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Juliette

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

Wow, what a great Campground set in the mountains and right on a mountain creek. This is by far the nicest place we have been in a long time. Really quite and peaceful but fun for kids. The owners keep the place really clean and the setting is exactly what we were looking for. You really can't beat the natural beauty of this place, hard to find and it is not far from a lot of things to do. I really recommend Moonshine Creek and we will be back. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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roydogs

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

We just returned from a 4-night stay at Moonshine Creek. If you are looking for a peaceful, out of the way campground with full hook-ups then this is the place you're looking for. We stayed in site 20A which is RIGHT ON THE CREEK, as are so many of the sites. That's just what we were looking for as far as I'm concerned, there's nothing more soothing than running water or crashing surf and I don't feel like I've been on vacation without one or the other. The campground is very well maintained. The staff are very professional and helpful. The bathhouse and laundry are clean, and they even offer books/magazines/puzzles for loan or trade. There is a good variety of sites for tents and RV's, and lots of good walking. If you have kids who demand video games, a pool, a large playground, then stay somewhere else. Do make sure you come with a well-stocked pantry if you're staying for more than a couple of nights. The "Mini Mart" is sufficient but doesn't offer a great variety of goods. About 7 miles to Waynesville & the nearest store. We will definitely be back. I believe Moonshine Creek was made just for me. This place is wonderful! We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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