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part ofNational Forests in North Carolina, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Cheoah Point Campground lies on a peninsula of the vast Lake Santeetlah in the hills of western North Carolina. The lake and surrounding landscape provide countless recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Natural Features:

Lake Santeetlah sits in the Nantahala National Forest, which covers 1.3 million acres of mountain lands. Old forests grace the hills and valleys, with some of the canyons reaching deep into the earth, providing ample hiking opportunities in the beautiful terrain.

Cheoah Point is situated in a forest of mature hardwoods at an elevation of 1,760 feet. The campground covers steep terrain and campsites overlook the lake.


Anglers enjoy fishing for trout, walleye, a variety of bass, bream and crappie and more in the 2,800-acre Lake Santeetlah. Boating, canoeing, jet skiing and swimming are also popular activities on the lake.

Nearby, the Wauchecha Bald Trail, which begins as a an easy hike and gets progressively more difficult, provides access to the famed Appalachian Trail.


The campground provides multiple open and wooded campsites that can accommodate up to 10 guests. Six sites provide 15/30/50 Amp electric hookups.

Tables and campfire rings with grills are provided at each site. Flush toilets, hot showers and drinking water help create a comfortable camping experience.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Birding
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Showers
  • Trash Collection
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Beach Access
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
Within 10 Miles
  • Hunting
Know Before You Go
  • There may be first-come, first-serve sites available.
  • There is not a dump station at the campground.
  • No dogs are allowed on nearby Cheoah Point Beach.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.36917, -83.87194
35°22'9"N, 83°52'19"W

From Robbinsville, North Carolina, take 129 north for approximately 6 miles. Turn left on Country Road 1145/Thunderbird Mountain Road. Go a little over a mile then make a slight right to stay on Thunderbird Mountain Road. Continue less than a mile to the campground on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:


Phone Number:

Information:  (828)479-6431
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