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Old 12-31-2006, 12:51 PM   #1
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Need help ID'ing Campground in Cherokee!

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I am almost finished with restoration on my 79' Sovereign 31' and we are trying to make reservations and plans to take the kids to Cherokee, N.C. this summer. I used to go there with my folks in the early 80's and our favorite park was a Safari Campground just outside of Cherokee itself. It was on the Qualla reservation and the stream ran all the way down the side of it. I know that that fits a lot of parks, but does someone out there remember this park and know what it's called now? I want my kids to have the fun I had and we loved this place. Any help is appreciated.

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Old 12-31-2006, 01:48 PM   #2
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The Smokies are so beautiful, hope you have a marvelous time. Your old campground may have changed ownership, tried to find it online...but didn't.I'm sure you'll hear from others who will have better luck!Here's some campgrounds in Cherokee from the website.
The National Park on that side has Smokemont Campground, no hook ups but lovely scenery.
Hope you all have a great time creating fun new camping memories with your family! We camped in Cherokee when I was a kid, and I had fond memories of it as well.
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Old 12-31-2006, 02:55 PM   #3
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Cherokee Campground

Sista,
Thanks for the reply. I tried to find it too. I know the name changed, just don't know to what! Most of the campgrounds are closed so calling them doesn't work either. I'm looking forward to it too. I hope the kids like it as much as I did.
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Old 12-31-2006, 03:30 PM   #4
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there is a jellystone between cherokee and gatlinburg that looks like a lot of fun. we plan to stay there this spring. is the one you are looking for on the indian reservation?
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Old 12-31-2006, 04:20 PM   #5
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Sounds just like the place my daughter stayed at a couple years ago, about five miles up the road (she says) beyond the KOA. Her photos were great showing the rushing stream they were camped beside. But, she is here for the holiday and cannot remember the name of the place. If she remembers when she gets home and emails the name to me this week, I'll post it here.
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Old 12-31-2006, 04:32 PM   #6
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I'll try and resurrect a campgreound we stayed in 4-5 years ago just north of Cherokee. We made plans at one spot and then moved because it was a parking lot. Give me a few days to see if we can remember! It's a great area!
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Old 12-31-2006, 06:26 PM   #7
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Thanks guys!! I look forward to some help with my already failing memory...-D
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Old 12-31-2006, 06:40 PM   #8
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you may be thinking of the Happy Holiday Camp ground on the east side of Cherokee on the road going toward Magie Valley. There is a stream running on both sides and it's on the res.we stayed there this summer. yes it's nice
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Old 12-31-2006, 07:52 PM   #9
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I'll check it out, I think I have it on a favorites list already. Thanks.
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Old 12-31-2006, 09:50 PM   #10
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One of my favorite sites is Elk Mount. It is on the north side of the park. It is about 7 miles west of Gatlinburg. There is a river that goes through the camp ground. It is closed in the winter so check the calender. You are about an hour from Cherokee which for me is just about right after about 10 minutes. If you have not been to Cherokee for a long time you may be in for a surprise. Any way the area has allot to offer and it is beautiful. Have fun.
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While going to Cherokee did you go up and over the Mountian from Gatlinburg or go around ? its a huge Climb and decent , Any problems towing and brakeing?
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Old 01-01-2007, 04:30 PM   #12
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It's been a long time since we went and then my Dad was driving, but as I recall we went from Baton Rouge to Stone Mountain, Georgia and then from Stone Mountain to Cherokee. Can't recall much more of the route than that. I don't think we'll have a problem though, my wife has an Excursion V-10 and I have a 2002 Dodge Diesel, both with Tekonsha Voyager brake modules and the Airstream is getting a brake overhaul as part of it's restoration. Thanks for all the help guys.
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Old 01-01-2007, 06:40 PM   #13
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With no luck of finding Safari, I looked under the Cherokee, NC listing in an old Woodall's directory. Most of the camps still have the same names. Sorry I was of no help.
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