Rocky Bluff Campground

Area Status: Closed

Page last updated: 9/19/2023

Rocky Bluff Campground is CLOSED Labor Day through Memorial Day, yearly.

Season begins Memorial Day Weekend. Reservation portal for 2024 will open November 27, 2023.

When Open, campsites are available by reservation only and must be made at least 2 days in advance of desired arrival date. Combination gate code given upon reservation, through email. District office cannot give out code in the event of loss of number. *Please make note- unavailable campsites are listed as "FF" on This does not mean there are any "first come, first served" campsites. There are no FF campsites on Rocky Bluff.  To make reservations call (877) 444-6777 or visit

Rocky Bluff Campground offers solitude in a wooded setting and is located 3 miles south of Hot Springs. The 1.2 mile Spring Creek Nature Trail circles the campground and meanders beside the creek, an excellent trout stream. Open during the weekend of Memorial Day-during the weekend of Labor Day. Please see for actual opening and closure dates.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservation Only beginning in 2020
Fees: This is a fee campground. The fee is $15.00 per site per night. There are 15 campsites. Each site has a parking spur, picnic table, tent pad and fire grate. 14-day limit for visit.
Open Season: Weekend of Memorial Day - Weekend of Labor Day
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Hot Springs
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush

General Information


From Asheville (40 miles): Take U.S. 19/23 N to U.S. 25/70 NW toward Marshall and Hot Springs for about 30 miles. At junction of U.S. 25/70 and NC 208, take a left and continue on U.S. 25/70 to Hot Springs. From Hot Springs take NC 209 for 3 miles. Rocky Bluff Campground is on the left.

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Campground Camping

Rocky Bluff Campground is the perfect mountain getaway for visitors who seek quiet and solitude amid nature's picturesque surroundings. Tucked away off NC 209 near Hot Springs, the campground is one of the best kept secrets in the national forests in North Carolina

River and Stream Fishing

Spring Creek attracts anglers hoping to snag trout, especially rainbow trout.

And you won't have to worry about others taking the prime fishing spots. Even on weekends, plenty of places can be found to cast your line. Just sit back and enjoy the solitude and sounds of nature.

Day Hiking

Hiking is available at the near by Van Cliff Loop Trail, Spring Creek Nature Trail and Spencer's Overlook.

Viewing Wildlife

As you travel the border of Spring Creek, you may spot great blue heron scoping for trout. In the forest, you may see a wild turkey spreading its plumage, deer grazing or a ruffled grouse scurrying through crackling leaves.

Viewing Plants

In the forest, you can view vibrant wildflowers such as lady's slipper and trillium.

Viewing Scenery

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