Rock Creek Campground Professional Review and Guide
"Back in the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed the Rock Creek area for forest recreation, and Rock Creek Campground is one result of these Depression-era work projects. As an antidote for an ailing economy, the Corps was assembled to provide jobs for unemployed men. Detractors of the organization accused the CCC of doing “make-work.” Here at Rock Creek, the Corps introduced the works of man into the wilds of East Tennessee to make the Cherokee National Forest more enjoyable for visitors.
One of the most intriguing features of Rock Creek Recreation Area is the swimming pool. Another product of the CCC’s efforts, the pool is a concrete-and-rock-lined basin of clear stream water, lying behind a small dam. A creek runs into the head of the pool, which is circled by a walkway. Trout will be swimming with you. The Rock Creek Trail parallels its namesake, passing small waterfalls in a classic, deeply wooded mountain stream."