The view is lovely, but we will not be returning. This campground is not family friendly. We were supposed to have a two night stay but after returning from our rafting trip we were told to leave without refund because our dog was barking from inside the camper. We asked around and most campers said the dog was not a problem. We had done all requested of us including providing shot records but had the distinct feeling we were not welcome from the time we arrived when the campground manager suggested we tranquilize our pet because she did not seem happy. We have taken her camping a lot and have never had a problem before. The campsite was small; so was the bath house. I think this is geared for local use not for travelers. - munrofamily
Quite out of the way, perfect for a weekend to spend or go rafting in the area. The owner, will work with you on late checkouts, etc so you can get back from rafting before going home. Our site was level, shaded. There isn't much room between sites, but room behind to sit on the banks overlooking the river. There is even a boat doc and extra parking for boats. We had decent Verizon service. - the burtons
NO WIFI, rock road had lots of potholes that showed a lack of R&M. Bathhouse looked nice and clean, but we didn't use it.
Beware of the turn off the highway into the CG; it's hard dropoff that can/will scrape the under-carriage. Likewise for entering hi-way from the CG. - Rick and Sandy
We have stayed at this campground every year since it opened and watched it go downhill over the past few years from owner neglect. This is now a bank owned property with a new management company running it. They have been here for 2 months. We talked with the General Manager, who said they have done a deep cleaning on the lodge and it is now as nice as ever and ready for use. We did drive by the lodge and it is noticeably cleaner outside, but we did not go inside. He said they have a lot of work to do to the campground. They have put new gravel on the roads, which is a big improvement from the muddy road full of holes that we experienced last year. The restrooms seem cleaner. This is a beautiful campground located right on the Hiwassee River. I have high hopes that this new management company will continue to improve the conditions at the campground. we would stay here again. - happycamper89
We camped here several years ago and things have definitely changed for the worse. The bathroom and shower facilities were nasty. We were there 3 days and the facilities were never cleaned. The pool filter housing sprung a leak. Instead of fixing it, the owner turned off the filter pump. Pool became nasty real quick without filter running. We walked up to the lodge and were greeted with a heat wave when we walked in. Either the A/C didn't work or it was turned off. Overall, the place is run down. Either the owner does not care or the place is not generating the needed income to keep it up. It is really a shame, though. This is a beautiful location with lots of activities nearby (Hiawassee rafting, hiking, etc.). - 99expytn
Located in the Chilhowee Recreation Area, Chilhowee Campground offers electric hookups, RV sites, tent only sites and multiple bathhouses. The campground is open from early April to late October, with an overflow area and day use area open year-round. 7-acre McKamy Lake offers a swim area with a sand beach and fishing from the bank. Boats are allowed, but gasoline motors are not. Also, within the recreation area are approximately 25 miles of hiking and biking trails and a scenic waterfall. On the drive up to the campground, stop at one of the many observation overlooks to see beautiful mountain settings. Wildlife is abundant in this area, so have your camera ready and tread lightly. Be aware, the drive up from US-64 is steep and while beautiful, is tough. It is 7 miles from the route to the campground. We were only overnight, so this was a bit inconvenient. Campground is beautiful, lots of woods and nature, including bear. Be wary with pets and having food outside. There are NO water hookups at the sites, though pipes are around and you could fill up your tank. Gave it an 8 because of tough drive to get there, poor directions into campground itself, and lack of other amenities. However, if you wanted to get away and enjoy nature, this would be an excellent spot to spend a few days or a week and swim, hike, and relax. - Too-wow