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Camping at Round Mountain Campground

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Location and Access

Round Mountain Campground is located within the Cherokee National Forest, which is in the eastern region of Tennessee. The campground can be accessed by taking U.S. Highway 321 or TN-67 to Forest Service Road 50 near the Watauga Lake area.

Facilities and Amenities

Campsites:

  • The campground typically offers partially shaded, rustic campsites suitable for tent camping.
  • Some sites may accommodate small RVs or camper trailers, but always check size restrictions.

Amenities:

  • Picnic tables and fire rings with grills at each campsite
  • Potable water is usually available from centrally located spigots
  • Generally, there are vault toilets, but no flush toilets or showers

Activities

Round Mountain Campground serves as a convenient base camp for a variety of outdoor activities, including:

  • Hiking: Access to numerous trails is available for all skill levels, including the Appalachian Trail.
  • Fishing: Watauga Lake and surrounding streams offer opportunities for trout and bass fishing.
  • Boating and Swimming: Watauga Lake allows for various water-related activities.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The forest is home to diverse wildlife, making it ideal for nature observation and photography.

Reservations and Fees

  • Not all campgrounds in Cherokee National Forest require reservations as some operate on a first-come, first-served basis. It's best to check the current policy for Round Mountain Campground.
  • Fees for camping are usually modest but vary based on site amenities.

Seasonal Availability

  • The campground is generally open from early spring through late fall.
  • It may close in winter due to snow and cold weather conditions, so it's essential to check seasonal availability before planning your trip.

Regulations and Safety

  • Campfires are allowed in provided rings, but it's essential to follow current fire safety regulations and any burn bans.
  • Store food securely to not attract wildlife.
  • Be mindful of local wildlife, including bears, and review safety tips for sharing the forest with animals.
  • Check for any local advisories on weather or environmental conditions that may affect your stay.

Nearby Attractions

  • Elk River Falls: A popular nearby waterfall with impressive scenery.
  • Appalachian Trail: Accessible for day hikes or longer backpacking trips.
  • Roan Mountain: Known for its beautiful rhododendron gardens.

Contact Information

To get the most updated information about the campground:

  • Contact the Cherokee National Forest's district offices.
  • Visit the official United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service website for the Cherokee National Forest.
  • For reservations, if available, consult the Recreation.gov website.

Note: When planning your trip to Round Mountain Campground, always check the latest conditions and operational status, as details may change seasonally or due to unforeseen circumstances like the natural weather events or maintenance needs.

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