Car Camping Heaven - Hiking and Camping Trip Along the Appalachian Trail

This is car camping at its best: two beautiful day hikes along the Appalachian Trail, flush toilets, hot showers, and a town that is close enough for a late night beer or ice cream run.

Standing Indian Campground is our base for these two day hikes on the Appalachian Trail.

Friday: Drive up to the campground which is just west of Franklin, NC.  We have a group campsite reserved for up to 25 people.  There are 6 spots available here and 19 on the Charleston Hiking Group site.  Since the campsite is just a few yards from our parking spot, leave the freeze dried stuff at home and bring out the folding chairs and the gourmet food.

Saturday: Hike 9.6 miles from Rock Gap north to Wayah Gap. This section includes great views from the summit of Siler Bald.  After the hike we will return to our campsite.

Sunday: Hike 7.6 miles south from Rock Gap to Mooney Gap. The Appalachian trail along this section skirts the summit of Albert Mountain for outstanding views all the way to the Little Tennessee River Valley.

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  • Rachel B

    Very nice campground, hike was beautiful. Second days hike got rained out.

    May 19

  • Jamie

    I ve never been car camping so do you still need a tent and other gear?

    May 15

    • Rachel B

      Yes you need tent, sleeping bag, air mattress... etc unless you want to sleep in your car. Car camping just means we camp a very short distance from our cars.

      May 16

  • Scott R.

    Really sounds like a good time. Sorry I won't be joining you. Have fun.

    May 15

  • Rachel B

    Forecast: Friday-Hi 66, lo 39-
    Sat-Hi 66, lo 44- Sun Hi 66- chance of rain 30% Sat&Sun.

    May 14

    • Rachel B

      Bring some rain gear just in case!

      May 14

  • Paula H.

    I have an 8 ft tiny Teardrop camper. Do I need to get an individual campsite for can in be used at the group camp?

    May 10

    • Rachel B

      A very small one should not be a problem just have to make sure it stays parked on the gravel area.

      May 12

    • Paula H.

      Thanks Rachel. After checking elevations for hikes, I better pass. Maybe later in year... :)

      May 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a great time and would love to go but I have to go to Florida for my grandsons birthday.

    May 11

  • David L.

    We have a group campground for 25 people at Standing Indian Campground from Friday the 16th, thru Sunday, the 18th. When you get there the reservation has already been paid for and is under David Loveland Reservation # 2-28597111. Scott and I are walking up from Springer Mtn and not sure when we will arrive so when you get there,check in and go straight to the group campground, pick a spot and set up your tent. Once you get to Franklin, North Carolina these are the driving directions.

    Franklin, NC
    Get on US-64 W/Murphy Rd from Porter St and Georgia Rd
    1.7 mi / 4 min Merge onto US-64 W/Murphy Rd
    11.6 mi / 12 min
    Drive to National Forest Rd
    3.8 mi / 13 min Turn left onto Allison Creek Rd/W Old Murphy Rd
    1.9 mi

    Turn right onto National Forest Rd
    1.9 mi Standing Indian Campground
    National Forest Rd, Franklin, NC 28734

    May 9

  • Scott

    I will be hiking up from Springer with David of the Charleston group, arriving Friday. I will bring Rachel's gloves that ended up in my car on the last trip.

    1 · May 9

  • Tony S.

    Sorry I cancelled so late but I think I got on a wait list and and a spot came up for me that I hadn't realized. Made other plans :(

    May 7

  • Deborah W.

    I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend after all. I am having some issues with my hip and am afraid I can not camp and walk that far. Hate to miss it.

    May 5

  • Kim

    I am sorry but I've had to cancel. My niece asked me to come to her graduation and that is a time conflict. Hope you all have a great time.

    April 22

  • Theresa M.

    You can take me off the wait list. I joined the Charleston Hiking Group who is also going on this hike. I am driving from Savannah. Let me know if anyone wants to carpool. You can either drop your car off at my house in Savannah or I can meet you in a parking lot, Cracker Barrel, at I 95 and Hwy 204.

    March 23

  • Scott

    Good timing! School will be out so I may go up early to play on the Nantahala, then meet the group.

    1 · February 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in Charlotte, NC would like to on this hike with group.
    Do you have a map and trail head map. Level 1, 2, or 3 of hike you could post.

    February 21

    • Rachel B

      Hi Sharon, the profile maps of the Appalachian trail including the 2 sections we plan to hike can be found here: http://www.whiteblaze...­

      February 21

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rachel, Thank you.

      1 · February 21

  • Cindy F.

    Oh man. Wish I could but have another trip on my calendar.

    February 21

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