8.3 Good
     
Balsam, North Carolina

Moonshine Creek Campground

Balsam, North Carolina



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

Sites: 91
Recent Rate: $45 7/2016

Latitude: 35.430323163247
Longitude: -83.074836730957

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-stream Waterfront Waterfront yes-stream
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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48 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

The reason for low score is because they do not have it on their website or in their rules that you are not allowed in the creek. We found out when we were setting up. If we had known that, we would have chosen one of the many other campgrounds nearby. Also, their website and brochure shows they have wifi, but they do not. Many campers complained about both of those. The campground is nice but not big rig friendly, and sites are really close. The owner is annoying but the camp hosts are great. If you are looking for somewhere to just sit in your camper, this place will be fine. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Not allowed to wade in the creek.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Moonshine Creek Campground is a quiet, clean and a comfortable location fitting the bill perfectly.

Providing 91 shady campsites, the family operated campground has long term leases on several of these sites, however, there are sites available even for those larger rigs, like ours. The majority of sites have full hook ups (sewer, water, electric) and cable for a small additional fee. Not all sites provide 50 amp electric, so make sure to specify when making your reservation. Fire rings and picnic tables are at each site, even at the many tent sites. Each tent site has a small roofed shelter, campers can place their tent under, although, I saw many using this sheltered space to sit under, placing their tent to the side. Tent campers rest assure, there are sink stations throughout the tent area, as well as a large clean bathhouse with showers and laundry facilities. A small store, with ice and propane fuel purchase is available. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
76
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Soco Falls is well worth the visit.

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

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Power was out when we arrived - not their fault. It was restored by the power company a couple hours later. Folks in office were not particularly friendly or glad to see us. The lady who helped us back into our site was very nice and helpful. We backed up to the creek which was grown up on the sides so you couldn't really get your feet wet, but the sound was great! The sites are really packed in along the creek. Very little space between you and your neighbor. They have created an odd little water feature of various shallow rock pools that are full of rotting leaves, so you can't wade in them or fish in them...strange. On our second day, we asked if we could extend our visit by a couple of days and were told we would have to change sites - someone was coming for our site. So, we packed up, hitched up, unhooked and moved around the corner. No one ever took the site we had to vacate. No explanation. Rude. One of our major problems was when we tried to sit outside, there was and occasional whiff of sewage. I still don't know where it was coming from, but it was there the whole time. If I were you, I'd look elsewhere. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Lots to do in this area - rock mining in Franklin, shopping and dining in Waynesville and Maggie Valley, gambling in Cherokee, Parkway, etc.

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

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice campground in a great wooded area not far off the main highway. Beautiful quiet location where most of the noise is the sound of the creek that flows through the middle of the campground. Many of the sites are located right on this creek. A bit tight getting to some of the sites, but the staff escorted us to our site and helped us park and also helped us to get out when leaving. Bath house has recently been renovated and is one of the nicest we have seen and are kept very clean. Very friendly staff. Small store that has basic needs, but only a few miles to Waynesville which has several grocery stores. We enjoyed staying here so much we reserved our same site for later in the summer. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The Blue Ridge Parkway is only 5 minutes away and is one of the most scenic drives in western NC.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Very picturesque wooded setting. Not for bigger rigs (we are 30'). Friendly, clean, well maintained, good camp store. Near Hwy 74, but not super convenient. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Nice stop between Blue Ridge Parkway / Asheville and Cherokee / Smokies.

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

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed over Memorial Day Weekend in Site 7. The arrival was good and although some said (in other reviews) the staff member was hard to deal with, he gave the best directions for backing into the site we have ever had. Us and several others. If you do what he says it is smooth and easy. If you don't it took a while. (We watched this once.) He had a very dry sense of humor and was picking on me saying things like we are going to take you right over the boulder scrape a little metal and end up right over the creek. LOL.

The creek was lovely and the sites were clean. One minus for being close together although not as close as we have been at other campgrounds.

As others have said the bathrooms are VERY nice. Clean and modern.

Campers were nice although due to it being a holiday weekend I think there was some sort of music war going on between several campsites. Also our neighbors had a very late night apparently funny conversation with some other campers on the first night at their campfire which carries to our window. This is however NOT the campground's fault. :-)

Very dog friendly although no off leash dog area. I think almost all campsites had some sort of fur baby.

Small shop for essentials. Firewood for sale.

All in all we will probably be back sometime in the not too distant future. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Do what the staff member says when backing in. ;-)

Go tubing in Cherokee. :-)

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Wooded rustic campground, elevation 3200 feet. Warm days and cool nights, no air conditioning necessary. Beautiful remodel of bath house and laundry (ceramic and glass tiles, granite countertops, upscale fixtures and lighting, brand new commercial washers and dryers). The remodel is 5 star! Also, 2 benches have been placed in the creek with step stones to reach them. You can sit on the bench and dangle your feet in the creek - your moment of zen. Nice touch. Campsites are mostly level, have stone surrounded fire pits. Wi-Fi available on the porch of the office, cable provides 13 channels. We've been coming here many years and will continue to patronize this campground. Very friendly owners and workkampers keep the place a fun, family friendly, pet friendly (bring your plastic bags to pick up after your pet) campground. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Downtown Waynesville (about 5 miles from Balsam) has delightful shops and restaurants, a farmers market two days a week, Barber Orchards for apples and baked goods, there is an auction on Friday and Saturday nights, 2 antique malls and the Blue Ridge Parkway for picnicking, berry picking and beautiful sights. Asheville is about 35 miles away with the Biltmore House to tour, a hop on hop off city bus tour, multiple museums and of course lots of places for shopping and eating.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

It has been two years since the last time we stayed here and they have made some major upgrades to the bath houses. The campground service is always excellent and the grounds are always ultra clean. The kids play ground could use an upgrade. The sad part was my kids always played in the creek right behind the site that is not permitted anymore. There was two access area to the creek now and not in eye site from our spot. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice campground and property with creek and trails. Very nice people that both work and camp here. We had rain the whole time, and unfortunately, the sites are lacking gravel and some sit lower than the road, leaving us with a muddy campsite. There are some low hanging branches that may brush against the top and/or sides of coach. All that being said, the owners are very nice (as are all the work campers) and are slowly making improvements, as is evident in the new bathrooms, and advised us they are bringing in more gravel this fall. They also have continued plans for improvement. They take pride in their campground. We will definitely stay here again. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Little tight for 5th wheel. Deep into woods. No WiFi. Nice creek thru the campground. If you like the woods; this is the place. Great service. Crew cut limbs that were touching top of my rig. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This was an amazing park! It was so beautiful and well kept! The bathrooms were brand new and were better than my own at home! The creek...oh the creek! We loved putting our feet into the creek and listening to the rushing water. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They were very welcoming despite our large family size. Make sure you take the time to visit this wonderful park. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for a week. We had full hookups. We had to pay $3/day for cable, and in our spot (#33), we had poor reception. The owner and staff worked very hard to get better reception for us, but were unable to improve the picture. They refunded the money and allowed us to watch TV for free, though it was somewhat fuzzy. Also, the WIFI was turned on/off based on specific request. If we needed to get to the internet, we had to go to the office and they would turn it on and give us the daily password -- and we worked on our laptop on the porch rocking chairs. Not too convenient, but acceptable. The campground is absolutely beautiful, and you can hear the running water in the creek every moment of every day! There is something to view in every nook and cranny at this park, and the owners have really done a good job at making improvements while preserving the beauty of the surroundings. Though we didn't use the bathrooms, they have recently been remodeled and the bathrooms and showers are very clean with an updated laundry area. It is situated in a canyon, between mountains. Absolutely beautiful!! We enjoyed our stay, the staff is very friendly, and we will stay if we find ourselves in this part of the country again. We camped at Moonshine Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Near to the Smokey Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway; also Asheville, NC, is very close.

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Review Count: 111
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 58

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $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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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $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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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $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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