43 Parks near Topton, North Carolina
Jun 2008 - $30.00
Appropriately named, Nelson's Nantahala Hideaway is tucked away on the side of a hill in Topton and is virtually hidden from the highway. None of the traffic was visible or audible to us during our stay there. It was also sparsely populated for the week we spent there. The campground manager, Gray, is refreshingly laid back, well-spoken, and concerned about the campground and the satisfaction of his clients. The bathrooms and showers are clean and modernly furnished. Trash cans were provided at our site and daily trash pickup is provided. We were very satisfied with our stay and plan to return in the near future. - GoneQuackers
Jul 2011 - $26.00
I've been staying at the Lost Mine Campground for over 7 years. It is a very nice, quiet campground run by owners who live next to the property. They are intimately involved in the maintenance, care and control of the campground. This bothers some - there is no stereos allowed, and quiet hours are strictly enforced. So, it's not for the partying youth of today. However, it IS kid friendly. There is a very nice creek that runs through the campsite, and children of all ages love to spend hours playing in it. The sound of the creek fills your tent at night - some reviewers have mentioned a "busy" road - bahhh! This is a mountain road just up from the Nantahala Outdoor Center outpost on the Nanty and only local traffic comes up it. Yes, some of the campsites are located just off this road - if the occasional vehicle passing by bothers you, request a different site. Power available for fans and basic lighting only. No cable, TV, Wi-Fi, etc. A perfect place to hide from the rest of the world. Always cool in the evenings, perfect sleeping weather. Have stayed in a tent and in a hybrid travel trailer. Does get very wet when it rains - again, choose your site carefully. Get to know the owners and you will enjoy every visit. - MrPresident
Jun 2007 - $15.00
This campground is very convenient if you are going to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, but I will try someplace difference next time. The sites are spread out on a very busy road. When walking to the bath house I thought more than once I was going to be hit by a car speeding down the road. We camped in a tent with no access to electricity that was near a stream which would have been nice if it wasn't so close to the road and road noise. We arrived in the evening and the woman who checked us in wasn't very friendly. The bathrooms and showers were clean. - tlaw2
Jun 2007 - $32.00
The campground is a great base to sight see the area. We camped on the creek. This is a family friendly place. There were many children out playing..my kids had a great time. There is a pen behind the office with adult and baby goats. You can rent tubes for $4.00 and tube on the creek. It would be nice if there was some foliage or trees between the sites for more privacy or to make it feel more wooded. Also the bathrooms need some repair or upgrading. The windows without much effort could be easily looked into with a view into the shower area.I say this because I was at a campground once where some peeping tom kids did get up to the same type windows at night to look into the women's bathrooms. Also the doors on the showers and toilet stalls do not give complete privacy, my daughter pointed this out to me. Overall, the campground was OK and we would go back if in the area. - firefly
Nov 2016 - $58.00
Odd little campground. It is about five years old and the owner does most of the work himself, making for a very rustic, hand built feeling which is nice in a campground. It is clean and well kept, and his clientele are mostly motorcyclists looking to ride the Cherohala Skyway or the Tail of the Dragon, both nearby. This is not a family friendly campground.
The campground is on the side of a hill, with a mostly paved, concrete drive up, and gravel sites that are level and tiered. Sites were large with good functioning utilities, wifi was excellent at my site across from the office.
Clean bath house, very friendly people, free coffee in the morning, and in a great location to explore the NC side of the Smokies, but a bit pricey for an overnight stay. - Cyclonic
Jul 2007 - $30.00
Stayed there for a week's vacation. Location is great. Right on Lake Fontana, close to Tsali bike trails and the NOC. Park has mostly seasonals but leaves some open spots. Very quiet and peaceful. Convenient place to rent a boat or take out your own. Only problem was water pressure was very low during parts of the day. Will stay again. - paphil
Aug 2009 - $26.00
This is a very nice, quite campground. The road 2 mile leading in is a little narrow, but there was a Class A motor home there and he was towing a car when he left. I wouldn't call it "Big Rig" friendly, but doable. There are pull trough sites available, but no 50 amp service. There are shady sites, and sites in the sun clear of trees if you have a satellite dish. No cable, no wi-fi, but Verizon cell phone did work. The bath house was very clean, and closed daily from 10:00 till 11:00 for cleaning. The sites may be a little close for some, but everyone was nice, and the campground was very quiet, no road noise. There's not much for children, but a lot of stuff nearby. Breakfast was provided Saturday and Sunday morning, and it's hard to beat good mountain water without any chemicals or chlorine in it. We enjoyed our stay and will go back. - windrider
Jul 2008 - $26.00
WOW!!! What a wonderful place to spend some quality time in the mountains, the owners are fantastic and will go out of their way to help you out. The bathrooms are kept immaculate and there are individual rugs for each camper to take into the shower, this is a really nice touch. Our site was creek side and the kids had a great time playing the crystal clear water (it is ice cold but clear as a bell). The trout pond on site is really nice and they will even clean them for you while you wait. The sites are kind of close together but that wasn't a problem for us, there are plans to add decks to the stream-side sites and when that is done this place will be the ONLY place I will stay when I go to bike the trails of Tsali and kayak the Nantahalla. Do yourself a favor and go see Joe and Caroline at Tumbling Waters. - pat collins
Nov 2007 - $23.00
Joe and Caroline, park owners were great. Very hospitable even during the Thanksgiving Holiday. They were having their time with kids visiting, and the campground was quiet. Trout pond was closed and to be honest, it was a bit too cold to fish. Lows were in the low 20's. Nice, quiet, clean, no frills. Great little stream and a common area under a pavilion with coffee makers, microwave, chairs, fireplace, fridge, etc. It is out not really close to any grocery store, etc but that is what we were looking for. Drive up 28N to Fontana Dam is just beautiful. Alot of site seeing. Fontana about 15 miles, Bryson City about 20 miles and Asheville 65 miles. - FightinIrish
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
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
Jul 2016 - $20.00
This camp ground is very close to my home, but we make it a point to camp there at least once a year sometimes more. It was one of our favorite campgrounds years ago when our kids were small. They enjoyed wading in the river, roller skating, and looking for rubies in the stream, and riding bikes. Our oldest first rode his bike there for the first time. My wife and I love to go back now to relive fond old memories. The store is staffed regularly and offers basic supplies you may have forgotten at home. Restrooms are always clean as are the showers. I've never seen them in need of attention. It can get cool up there even in the summer following a rain shower, especially at night. Generators are handy, no hook ups. Water is available on each loop from spigots, but is not available at the site. Great value, great scenery, and the people are usually very friendly. Can't recommend it enough. - Rodmaker15
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
Jul 2016 - $14.00
This park is in a very nice, beautiful quiet place. They cater to all types, including tent campers and hammock campers. I would stay here again.
The owners and individuals who work here are super friendly. The RVs have plenty of space. They have left lots of open field space in front of the RVs. They have a pavilion with games and a store with ice, firewood and ice cream. Laundry is cheap ($1.25 a load). There are very little bugs. I can't emphasize how peaceful. There was plenty of shade. In late July/August many nights I didn't even need my A/C. They have recycling.
Note, spaces aren't very level. I was able with lots of levelers and blocks to get it done though. I had to borrow some cinder blocks from my next door neighbor. Water pressure seems very low and water taste is not great.
Voltage was low. Was enough for what I needed but breaker tripped several times. Once when I wasn't even there.
Staying online: I am on Verizon and I have little to no service. Bryson City itself doesn't seem to boast great Wi-Fi anywhere. I drove to Sylva each day to work at the library there. The Wi-Fi at the park was okay when it was prime time but not super fast.
Driving Notes: The road up to there is sometimes 1 to 1.5 lanes. Do not recommend at night. Recommend avoiding prime 'down' the mountain time in mornings and evening. - Katina
Oct 2015 - $35.00
Chose this campground because of the close proximity to Bryson City. We found the manager to be very nice and extremely helpful. Our site was basically in a field and due to Hurricane Patricia the ground was verrry wet and very unlevel. While trying to get 3 inches of boards under one side we became stuck in the mud. Thankfully the manager had a tractor and was very helpful in getting us out otherwise we would have had to be towed out. The ground was too soft for a heavy 38 foot RV and needed a lot of gravel. I would not recommend camping there in a large RV. The road to the campground is very narrow and winding and only wide enough for one vehicle in places and this seems to be a well used road. With some upgrading to the sites it could be a nice campground for tents or smaller RVs. We felt like the site fee was way too high for what you get. $20.00 would be more appropriate. While the manager was very personable, we would not camp there again. - Aileen
Aug 2013 - $30.00
Stayed for a month. Quiet campground location. Super friendly managers. Close to Bryson City with cute shops and cafes (Cork and Bean was our local place and Mountain Brew has great wraps). Eleven miles from NOC whitewater rafting and kayaking. Five miles to Fontana Lake for fishing and the famous Tsali mountain bike/horse riding trails. Had a blast and would come back if we are in the area again. - h2ocessna