Balsam, North Carolina

Moonshine Creek Campground

Balsam, North Carolina



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

Sites: 91
Recent Rate: $45 8/2015

Latitude: 35.4303231632472
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

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pegbud

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $35.00
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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.

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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DS650

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $40.00
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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.

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galbud

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

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $45.00
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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.

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billydw

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

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $35.00
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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.

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9Happycampers

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

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $35.00
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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.

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Ferdy

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $24.00
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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.

Tips for other Campers:

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

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LifeRebooted

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $34.00
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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: April, 2014 - $40.00
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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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Jeremy B

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $39.00
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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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Angie C

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $34.00
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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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DS650

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $42.00
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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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DS650

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $35.00
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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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A Couple Who Camp

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

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $35.00
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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: 38
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $45.00
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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: June, 2012 - $40.00
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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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