Kimsey Creek Group Campground

Categories: Campgrounds & RV Parks, Frontcountry Camping, Outdoor Fun, Kid Friendly Spots


  •  Swim/Wade in creek 
  •  Drive through the "Concrete creek" (small section has been concreted to allow vehicles to cross) to reach the two sites across the creek. 
  •  Kids like riding their bikes through water 
  •  Group Camp with 3 "group sites" with a limit of 25 persons per site. 
  •  Kimsey Creek Splits the group camp down the middle for great Natural Bait fishing for Wild Trout. 
  •  Port-a-john toilets on site (walk into main campground for Bathhouses and other restrooms) 
  •  Large rock fireplaces for each site 
  •  Picnic tables for each site 
  •  Plenty of room for tents in the grassy meadows 
  •  Suitable for all ages, especially kid friendly area

The Local Scoop

Kimsey Creek Group Camp is a great place for a large group to stay. There are plenty of outdoor activities for you and your group to do including: Horseshoe Pits, Hiking, Fishing, Swimming/Wading, Biking (on roadways only). Be over prepared with firewood, food and other supplies due to the privacy of your location. The Main campground does have a very small store on property, but supply is limited and I wouldn't count on them having what you will need. We recommend Kimsey Creek to the entire family, especially church groups, boy scouts/girl scouts and any other large group looking for a very nice campground and peaceful setting. Some of the area's best hiking and fishing opportunities are within walking distance from your campsite. Kimsey Creek is well populated with native & wild brown and rainbow trout, so bring your fishing equipment and catch some of the prettiest fish around. But don't forget your N.C. Wildlife Fishing License before you come, and remember that this creek allows for bait fishing. * Contact the park for more info on reserving a campsite and regulations @ (828)524-6441 or Reserve On-line @

The Local Directions

From intersection of U.S. Hwy-64 W and U.S. Hwy-23/441 North in Franklin take Hwy-64 W towards Murphy, NC for 12 miles. At just before the 12th mile you should see a Brown sign for "Wallace Gap", "Appalachian Trail" & "Standing Indian Campground" with arrows pointing you towards West Old Murphy Road (SR 1448) on your left. Stay on West Old Murphy Rd. for 2 miles. You'll pass a Nantahala National Forest Sign for the campground saying "500 Ft Ahead", and at 2 miles you'll be at FR (Forest Road) #67 to your Right (indicated by a small, skinny Brown sign at the beginning of the road). Continue 1.8 miles on FR 67 until you come to a fork in the road. Take a Right into Standing Indian Campground and continue on through the campground onto Loop 3 for 0.5 miles. When you get to the back of the loop turn Right onto the intersecting, gated road into Kimsey Creek Group Campground.

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.35.0745, -83.5313
Macon County
Distance From
FROM (Town): Franklin, 16.3 miles HIKE: N/A