Rock Creek Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

View of Rock Creek Recreation Area in Cherokee National Forest

Rock Creek Recreation Area is named for the creek that runs alongside this developed recreation site.

The picnic facilities, stream-fed swimming pool and bathhouse were originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. Camping facilities were constructed by the US Forest Service in the early 1960s.


Rock Creek is a welcome respite from the summer heat in the valley, cooled by cold air flowing down from Unaka Mountain and protected from the hot sun by large trees.   Situated among tall oaks, maples, hemlocks and rhododendron, these sites give the feel of deep woods privacy while offering electric hookups, RV sites, double sites, walk-in tent sites, and multiple bathhouses.

A creek-fed swimming hole, seasonal campfire programs, a rugged hiking trail into Unaka Mountain Wilderness,  an easy bicycle trail and short nature trails are among the activities you can choose during your visit.

Rock Creek Recreation Area Map

Rock Creek Recreation Area Guide

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This location is scheduled to re-open on June 1, 2020. Affected reservations from May 15 to May 31, 2020 have been cancelled and refunds have been issued. We are changing our operations to follow guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
Operational Hours: Entrance gate opens at 7 AM and closes at 10 PM.
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Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Regular Fees
  • Non-electric, Tent Sites - $12/site/day. 
  • Basic Single Site with electric hook-up - $20/site/day.
  • Basic Double Site with electric hook-ups - $40/site/day. 
  • Day use area fee is $2/day/car.
With America the Beautiful Passes (50% discount off basic camping fees, does not include electric hookup fee):
  • Non-electric, Tent sites - $6/night
  • Basic Single Electric Hookup - $15/night
  • NOTE:  The America the Beautiful Pass can not be used on group/double sites.
Open Season: 6/1/2020 - 11/13/2020
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: June, July and Holiday Weekends
  • Single sites are limited to a single family or not more than 5 people, and 10 people for double sites. Vehicle limits is 2 vehicles per campsite.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the area.
  • Food storage restrictions apply at all areas on the Cherokee National Forest. All food and beverages must be stored in an approved bear-proof container, your locked vehicle or hard-sided camper at all times unless being eaten, prepared, or transported.
Closest Towns: Erwin, TN
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush and Vault Toilets, Showers, Dump Station
Passes: America the Beautiful Pass only discounts the basic site fees.  The electric fees are not discounted. Digital Pass Icon
Operated By: Forest Service Volunteer Campground Hosts help manage the area and can provide visitor information.

General Information


From I-26 take exit 36 to Main Street in Erwin. Turn right onto Main Street, then take a left on TN 395 east for 3.5 miles to Rock Creek Recreation Area.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Rock Creek offers camping opportunities for tents and RVs. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, firering and lantern post. All sites except the 5 walk-in sites have electricity.

Fire InformationThere is a grill/fire ring at each campsite.
No. of Sites27 single sites, 5 double sites, and 5 walk-in tent sites.
Reservation InfoLoop A is first-come, first-served. Campsites in Loop B and Loop C can be reserved. Reservations can be made online on or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

RV Camping

Rock Creek offers excellent camping opportunities for both trailers and RVs.
Hookups - ElectricYes. Loop A and B have 30 amp breakers. Loop C has a 50 amp breaker.
Fire InformationThere are accessible fire rings at each campsite.
Dump StationsThere is a dumpstation onsite at Rock Creek Campground.
No. of Sites27 single sites, 5 double sites,
Reservation InfoSites are first come, first serve and non-reservable.


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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
Camping trailer
Areas & Activities


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2300 Feet