Camping and RV
Indulge by sleeping in mother nature’s arms. Camping is a great way to not only see the abundance of nature Highlands has to offer but an opportunity to enjoy a personal experience in the forest and water areas of our mountain.
There are many improved and primitive campsites in the National Forests that ring the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. For a complete list contact the Ranger Stations for the Nantahala, Sumter, and Chattahoochee National Forests.
Forest Service Camping
BLUE VALLEY PRIMITIVE CAMPING AREA
From Highlands, take Highway 28 south for six miles, turn right onto Blue Valley Road and proceed three miles to this campground on the right. There’s no developed water supply in the area so water from streams should be boiled before drinking. There are picnic tables and one pit toilet. There is no charge. Open year-round.
AMMONS BRANCH PRIMITIVE CAMPING AREA
From Highlands, take Main Street east, which becomes Horse Cove Road. Go 4.6 miles to the intersection with Bull Pen Road. Take right onto Bull Pen Road and proceed 1.3 miles. The campground is on the right. There’s no developed water supply so water from streams should be boiled before drinking. A pit toilet is available. There is no charge. Open year-round.
ELLICOTT ROCK WILDERNESS
Camping is permitted within the wilderness except within 50 feet of the river, tributary stream, or trail, and less than a quarter mile from a road. No groups over 10 people are permitted.
BURRELS FORD CAMPGROUND
From Cashiers, take Highway 107 south for 14 miles to Burrels Ford Road (FS708). Turn right and proceed 3 miles to the campground on the left. The campground is located close to the wild and scenic Chattooga River and has several campsites with tables and grills. Water and a pit toilet are available. Fishing is available on the river and there is access to the Foothills Trail, Chattooga River Trail, King Creek Falls and Spoon Auger Falls.
OVERFLOW ROAD PRIMITIVE CAMPING AREA
Take Highway 28 south from Highlands for 12 miles and turn right onto Warwomen Road. Drive 0.2 of a mile, turn right onto Overflow Road and go 1 mile to the camping area on the left. At the beginning of Rich Gap Road in Horse Cove, don’t miss the Padgett Poplar Tree Trail and the third largest Tulip Poplar in the United States.
State and County Camping
VAN HOOK GLADE CAMPGROUND
From Highlands, take Highway 64 west for 4.3 miles to the entrance. Van Hook Glade is an intimate campground, sloped and wooded for privacy. There are 18 RV and tent-accessible sites. No hook-ups are available. A Federal Interagency Pass is required and Senior and Access Discounts are accepted. You’ll find modern restrooms with hot showers. Van Hook campers have access to the wonderful facilities and recreational possibilities offered at Cliffside Lake. It’s open April through October. Reservations are available online at Recreation.gov
RALPH J. ANDREWS COUNTY PARK
From Cashiers, take Highway 107 north for 6.4 miles to Pine Creek Road (SR 1157). Turn left onto Pine Creek Road and go 1.1 miles to Splendor Cove Road. Look for Ralph J. Andrews County Park sign and turn left. There are RV hook-ups, showers and a boat ramp. For additional information, call (828) 743-3923.
Privately Owned Camping
FRANKLIN RV AND CAMPGROUND
Franklin RV and Campground is conveniently located with easy access just off US 441 and located close to the towns of Franklin and Highlands. https://franklinrvpark.com/
RIVER VISTA RV PARK
Reconnect with nature, family, and outdoor adventures at this mountain village resort in Northern Georgia near Highlands, NC https://rvmountainvillage.com/