44 Parks near Franklin, North Carolina
Sep 2015 - $21.00
Very clean, small, out of the way campground. The rate reflects a weekly rate. Beautifully wooded sites on gravel, are fairly level. I would have rated it 5 star except we had no phone or Internet service with Verizon. Other campers said their AT&T worked well. The office has WiFi. There are nice rocking chairs and a porch swing for use while using the WiFi. They have a laundry with 4 washers (only 2 were working) and 2 dryers. $1.25 for wash and $1 for dry. The laundry and bathrooms were clean and in good repair otherwise. Nice place, quiet and relaxing. Easy in and out. All spaces have a deck, some over look a ravine. - esta34950
Apr 2011 - $23.00
Our single night's stay was very enjoyable! We viewed Deer drinking form a small pond just below our ridge site. The sounds of Geese and wild birds was awesome! We didn't use the bath house but did check it out! It had updated showers and a very nice handicapped shower. All in all it was a pleasure to stay there! - elm-jlm
Oct 2014 - $29.00
Park is very well maintained with paved interior roads and grassy sites. Staff could not have been more helpful. I was parked in the back so the road noise from the adjacent 4 lane highway was not annoying. However, those sites next to the road have a different take on the situation. My water hookup was at ground level thus a pain, electric and sewer were fine. Cable consisted of 4 channels which is enough for me. Wi-Fi was almost nonexistent, so worse than none at all. I don’t have kids and I am in the area to explore, thus I’m gone early and return in time to cook dinner. Posh parks with lots of amenities are wasted on me. This place with its lower cost serves my purpose. If I’m ever back in the area I would try to find something better. - plove
Mar 2013 - $27.00
Another great stay at this incredibly scenic park at the foot of The Great Smoky Mts. Very close to The Appalachian Trail and The Nantahala National Forest. Lots to do and see in this area. We have been coming to this Park and area for ten years and still haven't seen it all. Hope I can come for many more, and stay here. Owner/Operators are great and we always enjoy our stay. - NEEP46
Mar 2012 - $25.00
This is a Great little Park with wonderful owners and beautiful surroundings. We have stayed here many times before and I can't wait to come back. It is a Nice Park to tour the Franklin and Lower Smokey Mountain area, with many National Parks around. The Owners are on site and are very helpful to all their Campers. We will be back. NOTE: I don't know what park the reviewer who gave a (1) was at, but I am sure it was not this one. - NEEP46
May 2015 - $30.00
All sites are full hook up with 30/50 amp. WiFi and cable (minimal) are provided. Satellite tv friendly. On HWY 64 but before the road becomes mountainous. Very friendly, clean park. No entertainment amenities like swimming pools, etc. but all sites back up to the river where you can fish for trout. Guests frequent the Gazebo daily for "happy hour". - edwilson
May 2015 - $30.00
Pet friendly with plenty of room to exercise them.
Conveniently located to tourist attractions, shopping and restaurants.
Friendly and helpful management. - Frank g
Jul 2012 - $26.00
Great campground with a great and very helpful staff. Would highly recommend. - buddyboys
Aug 2008 - $26.00
Our site was changed 3 times, and the last time, the site they gave us, someone was already in there. Dogs ran wild, doing their business anywhere and on our camper tires. The campground had potential but I guess since the campground was for sale, the owners let it run down somewhat. The pictures on their website is way out of date. The roads are in disrepair and would be a beast for a camper 30' or larger. We will not be back. - The Dellinger's
Apr 2007 - $24.00
Difficult for big rigs but doable. Only 1 pull thru site. Waterline was broken but didn't tell us until after we paid. NO refunds. Camp rumour has they are closing the RV side and making it a mobile home park. Mostly seasonals. Gem mine on site is owned by someone else. We wouldn't stay here in future. Too hard to get to with little to show for it. - Mushroom
Oct 2012 - $28.00
Drop dead gorgeous park! Right on the Appalachian Trail. Waterfalls, rivers, great fall color. No electric at sites; No water at sites. In the cool fall weather (dipping into the upper 20's) a generator is a must (which we didn't have). So, we had to pack it up and go to a lower elevation. Would be a wonderful 14 day stay with a generator. Seems like many sites would handle a large motor coach. Sites are level and have gravel and black top. Water can be obtained easily from the many spigots that are threaded. - JohnandDeb
Jun 2011 - $16.00
Wow, what a surprise! Very nice, quiet campground in the Nantahala National Forest. No frills, just quiet and peaceful. Five loops, each has a campground host. Beware of the recreation.gov website, however. I originally booked a site in loop 5 which obviously couldn't accommodate a 29' travel trailer. Reservationist told me it should accommodate a rig up to 55'. No way, the site may have handled a small pop up. Had to cancel and lost a $20.00 cancellation fee (that fight isn't over yet). Anyway, very nice campground. Will be back. - rcknrbn
Jun 2011 - $16.00
The campground has 5 loops each with its own very clean bathhouse. Loop 1 is like camping in an evergreen forest with not a lot of underbrush. Loops 2-4 are located in a flat open area with more hardwood trees. Some of these sites have no shade. Loop 5 is on the hillside and the campsites are shady and surrounded by rhododendron. This loop has a gravel road and is suited for tent camping. There is also a group camping area located off loop 3 with pit toilets and a large open spaces for tents. Each loop has a host and they were always friendly and busy making sure the campground is well maintained. There are no hook ups for electricity or water but there are ample spigots located through out the campground in each loop. There is a small store in the campground which kept regular hours during my stay and sold drinks, snacks, ice, firewood and other items. There are many trails accessible from the campground for you to enjoy and kids enjoy playing in the Nantahala River and Kimsey Creek. Many kids also had fun riding their bikes through the campground loops. The campground has a dump station located just outside the entrance near the back country information board. This was a very friendly campground and I can't wait to return. - mediaman
Aug 2016 - $49.00
The park is very clean and nice, mostly level sites. Cable worked well and our satellite, the pool was very clean. ATT was good, their wifi was slow. Some of the work campers in the office were rude and there were a lot of work campers that had to mow/weed wack early in the morning (8am). We wouldn't stay again since it was so expensive. - SGF
Jul 2016 - $34.00
The campground is well kept. You could tell from the condition of the campground and talking to the staff that each camp worker took pride in what they did.
The bathrooms were very clean as well as the showers. The roads are asphalt and the sites are compacted gravel. No dirt. They have a numerous of amenities. It is only a few miles out of town and there are a number of restaurants within a few miles. - Daydream30
Jul 2016 - $45.00
There are work campers here and they are awesome! The sites are clean, neat, although gravel, and pretty level. The pool and laundry room are very neat and clean and the landscaping is pretty. There is a small but beautiful water feature going into the well paved park. The camp store is stocked with rv supplies, some food items, and lots of gifts. This is a beautiful park and very big rig friendly. - Jimjul
Jun 2014 - $18.00
Owner seemed friendly enough, but it is not a campground we will be going back to. The road down to the campground was narrow and very steep, not easy to navigate. It was a very small campground with almost no amenities. There was a laundry room and it was clean. The roads are gravel and so are the small sites. Our spot was fairly level but the sewer connection was up hill and around a huge tree stump and roots. There are no shade trees, but a lot of stumps where trees used to be, no pool, no bath house. Pets are allowed, in fact the owner has a few dogs that he allows to run loose, one of which charged us and growled at us. - esta34950
Jul 2016 - $34.00
Level sites, gravel roads and sites. Very quiet campground with lots of things to do. The permanent people are very friendly and invited us to join them in all their activities. Sites available along the river. - esta34950
Jun 2016 - $35.00
We stayed here because it was the closest available to Highlands where we were visiting family.
We asked for a spot along the river which we got (#45) but there was no shade. Also the river was underwhelming. Small, slow moving. There were other sites with much better shade and if we had to do it over again, we would have asked for a spot with the most shade vs. a spot along the river. Wi-Fi worked well as did our phone (AT&T).
There were a lot of long-timers there. It seemed a fair number were there for longer than just the season. Everyone was friendly and we felt safe. Mostly older people. Fairly crowded. They had a schedule of events including bingo, cards, church, etc. We didn't attend any but I thought it was a nice touch. They had a large group room and there were usually older people in there playing cards.
One down side was that it was hard to find someone in the office. It wasn't consistently open during business hours which was frustrating. They did have a nice selection of movies (no charge) which was a bonus. However there was no drop-off box or slot to put the movies in and we didn't want to call the emergency number because it clearly wasn't an emergency.
The bathrooms and showers were impressively clean.
Overall, this was a convenient stop, but next time we'd try something else. If you want to hang out with a pleasant group of older people that like to play cards, bingo, etc. it might be for you. - GearDown
May 2016 - $30.00
This park is a hidden gem. We booked last minute for Memorial Day weekend and were pleasantly surprised. Our initial impression was not good as there are many run down trailers around. But the more transient sites were level pull-throughs and we were joined by several other motorhomes. The park was very quiet and friendly. It is on a pristine river with a brook and area for swimming and canoeing. There is a large pet area. We were 5 minutes from Franklin and shops and restaurants. There are fancier parks in the area but this is a great spot and a bargain. - Bunci
May 2016 - $45.00
We found this park in May even though we had been coming to this area for some time. All I can really say is that this place is One Fantastic RV Park. The owners and hosts are the very best in making you feel welcome and at home from the time that you drive up.
Being from central Florida, this is truly the place that we have been looking for. Quiet, cool, beautiful, great sites and excellent views are just the beginning of the amenities that you will find at this RV Park.
We have already booked our next stay in October and look forward to our return. - Roy T
May 2016 - $65.00
This is a rare treat in an RV park. It is like boondocking with all the comforts. Sites are secluded, level, and have all the utilities except cable TV. Even decent WiFi. Owners are special people and make you feel welcome. Lots of room to hike on their property. We look forward to coming again. - padre
Aug 2015 - $45.00
We come every year for at least a month. Beautiful, serene, and quiet with mountain views. Great hiking on site! Pet friendly. The owners and hosts are the best people you'll ever meet. As long as we RV we will be coming to Cardinal Ridge every year! - Connie Mac
Aug 2016 - $27.00
My first impression was to hang a 1 star rating on this campground and pack up and leave. After some thought however I thought it best to be objective so other campers could get a clear unbiased review of this campground. The experience started when we arrived to find that the pull thru site we had reserved was not available and we had to take a back in site. The roads were very narrow with tight turns. About 50% of the roads were paved....the rest were gravel as were the sites. 90 to 95% of the sites in here were seasonal. I saw only about 8 sites for daily/weekly campers. While pull thru sites are advertised there are only 4 in the entire place. Both electric and water were not controlled from our site but the site next door. It took a good 15 mins. of troubleshooting when we set up to figure this out. My observation was that the seasonal people pay the bills and transients are not a priority. There was no water in the bathrooms/showers/laundry for the first 2 days we were there. While their websites shows mountain vista views, our view was of a church parking lot and a large propane tank. There was moderate noise from the highway in front of the park.
On the positive side, the manager/owner was very nice and tried to be helpful. The seasonal residents were also very nice, quiet and willing to share local knowledge.
The sites were mostly shaded. The price was reasonable. - TLL
Aug 2015 - $27.00
Manager was very nice and helpful. This is a lovely area and park. Most of the sites are seasonal rentals so it is best to call ahead to make sure there is one available. Our site was difficult to get into and very close to other sites but manager helped. Some sites have lots of shade/trees; others have mix of shade and sun. Our site was too tight to have a campfire; picnic table was small and could only seat two adults. - SDeasy
Oct 2013 - $26.00
Staff and campers were very friendly. Pull-thru site was quite long. Be careful when making turns in campground. Some are very tight and must be taken as wide as possible, especially if you're in a longer motorhome. Best to have someone outside to guide you through the turns. Some of the trees could have been better trimmed. - TGOHal