Campgrounds in Ducktown, Tennessee

Campgrounds in Ducktown, Tennessee
Ducktown, Tennessee is a small community in that mountainous corner of the state where Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina all meet. It offers countless opportunities for outdoor adventure, as it is encircled by Cherokee, Nantahala, and Chattahoochee National Forests. Campers pitching their tents in the vicinity of Ducktown will find hiking, boating, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing and nature watching in abundance, as well as a number of private and public campgrounds.

Whispering Pines Campground

Whispering Pines is roughly 15 miles to the southeast of Ducktown. Although primarily a RV park, it does offer a separate 10-site campground on the forested banks of Hemphill Creek. All sites have fire rings and picnic tables. The campground's features and facilities include a camp store with firewood sales, showers, coin laundry, trout fishing in the creek, and an outdoor swimming pool. The location is flanked by Blue Ridge Lake to the west and Nottley Lake to the east, making it a centrally-located choice of campground for boaters and anglers.

Whispering Pines Campground
290 Whispering Pines Road
Morganton, GA 30560
(706) 374-6494
whisperingpinescampground.com

Persimmon Creek Campground

Persimmon Creek is less than 10 miles to the east of Ducktown, across the North Carolina state line and inside that state's Nantahala National Forest. The campground services both RVs and tent-campers, with the latter enjoying their own, separate campground of grassy sites with shade trees. It offers plenty of on-site fishing, with both trout in the creek that runs through the property and a private, stocked fishing pond. Pets are welcome, albeit only with proof of up-to-date vaccinations.

Persimmon Creek Campground
200 Sunny Point Road
Murphy, NC 28906
persimmoncreekcampground.com

Sylco Campground

Sylco Campground is less than 10 miles to the west of Ducktown in the Big Frog Mountain Recreation Area, a more than 8,300-acre slice of Cherokee National Forest. It is a 12-site campground, and each site is equipped with its own lantern post, picnic table and fire ring. The campground facilities are otherwise limited to vault toilets. That means there are no water taps and no trash service at Sylco Campground. So, campers must either bring sufficient bottled water or treat local sources, and a strict "pack-in, pack-out" policy is in effect. The location grants ready access to the 35 miles of hiking trails within the recreation area.

Sylco Campground
Copperhill, TN 37317
(423) 338-3300
fs.fed.us/r8/cherokee/recreation/roz_sfrog.shtml

Thunder Rock Campground

Thunder Rock Campground is also a part of Cherokee National Forest, albeit in the Ocoee River Recreational Area. It is roughly eight miles from Ducktown. Thunder Rock is a 42-site campground that can accommodate tents and RVs. Situated on the banks of the aforementioned Ocoee, and it is serviced by showers, vault toilets and water taps. For on-site outdoor activities, Thunder Rock has a trailhead for the Tansai Trail.

Thunder Rock Campground
3171 Hwy. 64 E.
Benton, TN 37307
(423) 338-3300
fs.fed.us/r8/cherokee/recreation/roz_socoee.shtml

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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