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Open Year-round
Yes
Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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Horse Cove Campground is a small unpretentious campground with 18 sites. Less than 0.8 mile from the popular and beautiful Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness and its 3,800 acres of old growth forest, Horse Cove is an ideal staging point for hikes in the area. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop Trail showcases old-growth, and the trailhead is less than a mile away. Beyond, nearby hikes include Huckleberry Knob, Naked Ground, Haoe Lead, Jenkins Meadow, and numerous others throughout the wilderness. In addition to hiking, Horse Cove Creek drains from the campground into the Santeetlah River, offering opportunities to fish from the campground. Keep this in mind—the Santeetlah River is close enough to be noisy.

Each site has a parking pad, picnic table, fire ring, and tent area. The campground is separated into two loops. The lower six sites along Joyce Kilmer Road are open year round. The remaining upper sites are laid out along the small Horse Cove Creek. They can handle tents and mid-size trailers and are open only from March 31 to October 31. The basic fee as of late 2018 is $10/night. The toilets are vault toilets. Water is available from spigots when the main campground is open. There is no trailer dump or trailer hookups.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Occasionally full

Parking Pass

None

Price per night (basic site)

10.00 $ (8.40 €)

Pros

Pretty and unpretentious campground. Great hiking. Adjacent to the Santeetlah River.

Cons

Can be crowded.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Managed by

Nantahala National Forest

Features

Vault toilet
ADA accessible
Family friendly
Historically significant
Near lake or river
Potable water
Old-growth forest

Access

Vehicle

Total number of sites

18

Maximum trailer length

25.00 ft (7.62 m)

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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