In Franklin, NC, at the intersection of of US Rts. 23/441/64, take US Rt. 64 west for 12 miles to Wallace Gap/Standing Indian campground sign (Old Murphy Rd. Old 64). Turn left onto Old Murphy Rd. and go 1.9 miles to Standing Indian campground sign (Forest Rt. 67). Turn right onto Rt. 67 and go 1.8 miles to "Y" intersection. Bear right into campground.
From Hayesville, NC, take US Rt. 64 east towards Franklin head over the pass to Wallace Gap/Standing Indian campground sign (Old Murphy Rd.). Turn left onto Old Murphy Rd. and go 1.9 miles to Standing Indian campground sign (Forest Rt. 67). Turn right onto Rt. 67 and go 1.8 miles to "Y" intersection. Turn right into campground.
$14 per day
Franklin and Hayesville
Open Seasonal: Yes, Open April
1 through December 1 for camping
day-use area open April 3-Nov.30. $2/car.
Parking aprons are paved and gravel. Sites 55 through 84 are not
recommended for motor homes and trailers.
No: Wading is possible in Kimsey Creek.
Lower Ridge Trail
Park Creek Trail
Park Ridge Trail
Long Branch - 24.2 miles
Blackwell Gap Loop
One or more connect to Appalachian Trail
Rainbow and Brown Trout - Native Brook Trout
Walk many popular hiking trails,including several that connect to Appalachian Trail. The campground, loaded with Rhododendrons, is bisected by the Nantahala River and Kimsey Creek. There are five loops. Sites 1 through 54 are located on open flats with paved aprons and wide interior road. Sites 55 through 84 are along a hillside, nestled among Rhododendrons and hemlocks, with a steep gravel access road. The campground is situated in what is considered one of the best hiking destinations in the southwest mountains. It is one of the few places where one can actually take a loop hike, a part of which is the Appalachian Trail.
For Kimsey Creek Group Camp, call the Wayah Ranger Station for Reservations 3 sites for groups up to 25 people. Open 4/1-12/1.
Wayah Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(Turn at sign on U.S. 64, west of Franklin)