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Camping at State Line Campground

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Location and Access

State Line Campground is located within the Cherokee National Forest, along the Tennessee and North Carolina border. This campground is situated in a remote area that provides an immersive outdoor experience and can typically be accessed by following forest service roads. Due to its remote location, it is important for campers to ensure they have accurate directions and understand the condition of the access roads, which can vary with weather and seasonal changes. Four-wheel drive may be necessary.

Camping Facilities and Fees

As of my knowledge cutoff in early 2023, State Line Campground is a relatively primitive campground offering basic facilities, which may include:

  • Campsites with picnic tables and fire rings.
  • Pit toilets.
  • No hookups for RVs.
  • No potable water source, so campers must bring enough water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.

Since the campground is in a national forest, a nominal fee is typically required to camp. However, policies and fees may change, so campers should check the latest information on fees and reservations (if required) with the U.S. Forest Service or the appropriate managing entity before arrival.

Recreation and Activities

The campground is suitable for those seeking a rustic camping experience and various outdoor activities such as:

  • Hiking on nearby trails.
  • Exploring the surrounding forest areas.
  • Fishing in nearby streams and rivers, provided that campers comply with Tennessee or North Carolina fishing regulations, depending on where they are fishing.
  • Wildlife observation.
  • Enjoying the peace and tranquility of a relatively undisturbed natural area.

Wildlife and Safety

Cherokee National Forest is home to diverse wildlife, so campers should be prepared for potential encounters with animals such as bears, deer, and various bird species. Basic safety precautions include:

  • Storing food properly using bear-proof containers or by keeping it secured in a vehicle.
  • Disposing of waste correctly.
  • Practicing Leave No Trace principles to minimize impact on the environment.

Fire Safety and Regulations

Campfires may be allowed in designated fire rings but be sure to follow all fire safety guidelines and respect any burn bans or restrictions that may be in effect during your visit due to seasonal wildfire hazards.

Booking and Permit Requirements

Campers should check if there's a requirement for permits or if they need to reserve a campsite in advance. Many national forest campgrounds use a first-come, first-served system, but policies can change.

Preparation and Considerations

Due to the campground's primitive nature, campers should come fully prepared with:

  • Sufficient food and water supplies.
  • Appropriate camping gear for weather conditions.
  • Maps or GPS, especially since cell service may be limited or non-existent.
  • Emergency supplies and a first-aid kit.

Before setting out for your camping trip, it's important to obtain the latest information by reaching out to the local forest service office responsible for State Line Campground. Conditions, regulations, and access can change due to weather, natural events, or policy updates, and staying informed is crucial for a safe and enjoyable trip.

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