Find Sites

Find your spot

Find other facilities on map

For more information on Forest
Safety click here



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


Rattler Ford Group Campground sits near the swift-moving Santeetlah Creek in the Nantahala National Forest.

Groups of up to 25 guests can enjoy the creek, which is popular for fly fishing, as well as Lake Santeetlah, which provides countless water sports and activities.

Natural Features:

Large trees and thick forests provide moderate shade for the campground, while vast meadows also allow for sunshine and open play.

Nantahala is a Cherokee word meaning "land of the noonday sun," which is appropriate, as the sun only reaches the deep gorges of the western North Carolina mountains and valleys at midday.


The campground is located about 2.5 miles from the boat ramp at Lake Santeetlah, which provides visitors access to all types of water-related activities, including fishing, boating, canoeing and swimming.

Horseshoe pits and volleyball courts are available within the campground. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of hiking trails and scenic drives in the area.


The campground offers four sites, each with varying facilities, but all able to accommodate several tents and up to 25 guests. Multiple tables are available at each site, as well as lantern posts and campfire pits. Each site also provides an oversized grill.

Flush toilets and drinking water are provided at the campground, as well as hot showers. Some of the sites are situated near the water.

Nearby Attractions:

The entrance to Joyce Kilmer Wilderness, which contains nearly 6,000 acres of old-growth forest, is about a quarter-mile from the campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Auto Touring
  • Beach Access
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Showers
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Waterfront Sites
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Off-road vehicle use is not permitted
  • Senior access pass is not accepted at this campground
  • Electric, water or sewer hookups are not provided
  • 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):
35.3606, -83.91562
35°21'38"N, 83°54'56"W

From Robbinsville, North Carolina, take Highway 129 north to 143 West/Massey Branch Road. Pass the Cheoah Ranger District office and continue to the stop sign. Turn right to continue on 143 West for about 7 miles. Rattler Ford Group Campground is on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HWY 1134

Phone Number:

Information:  (828)479-6431
Discover and reserve camping, lodging, permits, tours and more at America's parks, forests, monuments and other public lands with Recreation.gov. Learn more about us, or about any of our agency partners below:
Bureau of Land Management Federal Highway Administration National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Smithsonian Institution USDA Forest Service US Army Corps of Engineers US Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tennessee Valley Authority Bureau of Reclamation National Archives Records Administration