Rock Creek Campground Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Cock Creek Campground is a positive outcome of the Great Depression. Back in the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps developed the area for forest recreation. 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 provide further enjoyment of the Cherokee National Forest.
What a fine area they had to start with! The national forest is fraught with virgin timberland and clear mountain streams that nestle against the backbone of the Unaka Mountains. Of course, the Forest Service has improved and maintained the area since the days of the Corps. But the old-time feel remains, as well as most of the original infrastructure. Today, as then, we can camp in the cool, shady cove of Rock Creek."