Standing Indian Campground is a camper's delight, whether your camping in an RV or in a tent. The campground is surrounded by 5,000-foot peaks and crossed by several natural trout streams. It is the focal point of numerous hiking trails and has easy access to the Appalachain Trail. The campground can be a pleasant stopover on your trip or a place to spend several days to explore this scenic and historic section of the Nantahala National Forest. All this within a scenic, 20-minute drive to Frankliln, N.C. The campground has 5 loops with sites available first come, first serve or by reservation. Fire rings'grills, lantern posts and picnic tables are provided at each site, with close proximity to drinking water, flush toilets and showers. A group camping area, Kimsey Creek, is located in Standing Indian Campground.
Reservations are available by contacting the National Recreation Reservation System at 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov.
$16 per night
April 1 - November 27
Camping is limited to a 14 day stay. Parking in grass is prohibited. Pets mush be on a leash. Horses are not permitted in the campground or on hiking trails. A horse camp and access to horse trails is available 2 miles away.
Accessible flush toilets and showers
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From Franklin, take US 64W for 9 miles, turn left on old US 64 and follow signs.
Nantahala Ranger District
District Ranger, Mike Wilkins
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Camping & Cabins
Hemlocks and rhododendrons create privacy between the 84 sites that line five loops. In the summer, the cool mountain air pervades, creating a perfect environment for tent and RV camping.
RV Camping. No hookups. Hosts on site. Accessible.
A group camping area, Kimsey Creek, is located in Standing Indian Campground
River and Stream Fishing
Kimsey Creek crosses the campground and runs into the Nantahala River, a popular place for whitewater rafting and kayaking. The creek offers trout fishing and chances for wading.
Standing Indian Basin is a popular fishing area, which requires an in-state or out-of-state North Carolina fishing license.
Located at a 3,880 elevation and on the headwaters of the Nantahala River, Standing Indian serves as a hub where hiking rails connect to the nearby Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trial awesome views from Albert Mountain and along the Long Branch Trail Loop. Kimsey Creek Trail is another great hike.