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Moonshine Creek Campground

27 Moonshine Cr. Trail
Balsam, NC 28707
20 Reviews
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Best campground ever! The grounds and bathhouses were immaculate. Family oriented and pet friendly. The staff go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. We loved it and will be back again very soon.

Received from David & Charlene kolera for visit in Mar 2011

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Stay Again? YES
My fiancé and I stayed here for the first time in October 2012. We came back October of 2013 since we had such a wonderful time. We fell in love. Love the creek, the people were especially nice. We had a flat tire and was able to get it fixed with a can of fix of flat, but the office lady helped us by calling a few places to get a new tire. They are very accommodating to any needs. Not being a local, we needed some advice on some good hiking trails and some breath taking waterfalls. The office lady was very helpful in 2012 and in 2013. We were able to find some really good trails and beautiful waterfalls. Hands down, our favorite trip of the year :)

Received from Lisa for visit in Oct 2013

Site Number: T5
Stay Again? YES
My husband and I camp at Moonshine twice a month and any holiday we can. This campground has a creek which is wonderful for a restful night sleep. we searched GA, AL, NC, TN and this was the best one we found. Clean bathrooms, great hosts and owned who appreciate their guest. Only two miles from the parkway and seven miles to grocery stores and Walmart.

Received from Katherine Richards for visit in Oct 2012

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Stay Again? YES
Very cozy place!Staff and people that stayed there are very fiendly.The owner went totally out of his way to help us with Camper and misc.It was clean+yes,bathrooms are old ,but clean!Loved it ,loved it . From previous reviews I read that they said it was too small,but we have a 40 foot camper and had not a problem.

Received from Sybilla for visit in Jul 2012

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Stay Again? YES
We have stayed at this CG for 20 years. We have tent camped creekside and on the higher side using covered sites. This place is well maintained, the facilities are always clean, and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The place is quiet and enjoyable. We look forward to our next visit, Fall 2012.

Received from Scott for visit in Jan 2012

Site Number: 68
Stay Again? YES
This review site does not allow for dates in 2012, for some reason, which is when I stayed there. The campground has a nice setting, but the facilities are old. I asked for a quiet site that was dark, no lights. They gave me a place with a big close streetlight and no way to block it out in the cabin. So I moved to a campsite, telling them in the morning that I would return late that night, left gear in site to show it was occupied. When I arrived that night, they had given the site to someone else. The people you talk to on the phone are nice, but the follow thru is not good and the local staff are different people, some just arrived and not well informed. This place seems better suited to trailer people who are staying a while and have all their own facilities.

Received from lou for visit in Apr 2010

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Stay Again? NO
This is our 4th year camping at Moonshine Creek. We live in Alabama and have not been able to find nothing like it. We have already booked 32 days for 2012. The owners Jim and Dana are great folks and they always are there for you. They manage to keep a good group of campground hosts who will always take care of you. My wife and I call this our home away from home and will continue to camp here.

Received from Joe for visit in Oct 2011

Site Number: 23
Stay Again? YES
Best campground ever! The grounds and bathhouses were immaculate. Family oriented and pet friendly. The staff go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. We loved it and will be back again very soon. A new annual tradition for the Silver-Murphy clan!

Received from Stacey for visit in Aug 2011

Site Number: t18
Stay Again? YES
We absolutely loved camping here during our recent stay over the July 4th weekend. The grounds were in great shape. It was nice to see so many families enjoying the weekend together. My wife and I are retired and finally made our way to the Blue Ridge Parkway, (we live in California), and we are very happy that we found Moonshine Creek since it was so close to the Parkway. We made our reservations last fall to ensure we would have a place to stay. The facilities were in great shape, bathrooms were fantastically clean, and the staff were helpful the entire weekend. The two main reasons we gave this campground a 5, were price and its location! $37 a night for a true campy feeling in the mountains. We will be back the next time we travel through the south east. We camped here in a Motorhome.

Received from Brennan for visit in Jul 2011

Site Number: 33
Stay Again? YES
We had a great time and loved the setting in the mountains on a creek. Your campsite and fire ring is right on the creek and the owners were really helpful making sure everyone was taken care of. The grounds and bathrooms are super clean and the campground is geared towards families, not noisy or rowdy. The location is perfect because it is close to tons of things to do, Asheville is close, the Parkway is just a couple of minutes and the town of Waynesville is only 10 minutes, cute mountain town. We have a 38 ft motorhome and did not have any problems getting in and out of the campground. We will definitely be back could not have had a better time!

Received from Erin for visit in May 2010

Site Number: 31
Stay Again? YES
We spent Memorial Weekend 2011 at Moonshine Creek and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The campsites were clean and the babbling creek next to the site made for a relaxing enviornment. Close to several attractions, we were able to make a day of mining and visits to local waterfalls. We will be recommending this campsite to relatives and friends who are frequent campers.

Received from Liz for visit in Mar 2010

Site Number: T18
Stay Again? YES
As mentioned the upper sites 16 + are on a dead end road, and you have to back down the road to try to turn around near the bath house. Which is not fun. We were not told this on check in. I feel we should have been warned. It makes that section useless, and the sites there were tiny. The CG is pretty much not close to anything. which can be nice if you want to stay near the camp. It was quiet, and cool. I like that there was not a lot of street lights to polute the night., But we probably will not go back, because of the tiny sirtes, and no way out.

Received from Terry for visit in Jun 2009

Site Number: 16
Stay Again? NO
Our thanks to the Staff of the Moonshine Creek Campground.. Especially Dana, Connie and JG.. We are in our closing few days and actually hate to leave.. Connie has been great in the front office and JG has had us laughing with his dry humor every day.. Because of you and the wonderful sites that you keep, we will be back again starting next year and hopefully each year there after.. Your campground is without a doubt, one of the best we have stayed in.. For us to stay two weeks in one spot is vertually nill.. I only wish we had decided on four weeks.. This two weeks has flown by.. It is a central location to everything.. The weather was fabulous and the babling creek next to the RV was fabulous.. Being so centrally located to everything, we used our tow vehicle (car) daily to visit the surrounding attractions... We were able to relax at night and have met many new friends.. It has been two weeks we will not soon forget.. Thank you all for your hospitality.. We will return.. Marshall & Claire Bradley site #37 Ormond Beach, Fla.

Received from Marshall for visit in Jun 2009

Site Number: 37
Stay Again? YES
If you are looking for quiet,as we were, this is it. Very nice,cool,well maintained. Great people running the place,very helpful. The sounds of the stream will lull you to sleep at night.I would not bring small children here unless they can play with nature.Everything considered, we will return.

Received from Arthur for visit in Jun 2010

Site Number: 6
Stay Again? YES
Beautiful campground nestled in the mountains. A babbling brook runs diretly through the campground. Property is well maintained, facilities very clean. Staff are extremely helpful and are always available. Definitely will return.

Received from Susan for visit in Jun 2009

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Had a great time camping in this beautiful campground. Our site was right on the creek and the campground is in the mountains but easy to get to and close to many things to do. The workers were super nice and helpful and the restrooms were very clean. The campground itself is very well maintained and the surroundings are very natural and probably the prettiest campground we have ever been to. The creek is rushing so you hear the sound of the water and you are tucked away in the mountains so you really feel like you are camping. Had a wonderful time and will definitely return!

Received from Sandy for visit in Apr 2010

Site Number: 35
Stay Again? YES
If you have an trailer or RV of any size it is too much effort trying to exit this park. Took me a half hour to back out the one-way road and damage the back of my unit as I tried turning around. This park needs to have another route for their campers. Also, I was told there was trout fishing in a pond, on arrival the pond being maintained. Walking trails were short and weak also. Folks were nice though and Restroom well maintained.

Received from Clint for visit in Jan 2009

Site Number: 126
Stay Again? NO
Quiet and out-of-the-way. Stayed 2 nights. Loved it! The tent sites by the creek are kinda small, but enjoyed our stay none the less. The creek is nice, our 12 year old enjoyed playing in it. To my surprise, there weren't any bugs. The bath house was clean and well kept. While there we walked around the campground and checked out the other sites. The campground looked pretty crowded. Everyone abided by the quiet times. Staff is friendly and very helpful. Will definitely stay again.

Received from Wanda for visit in Aug 2008

Site Number: Tent-6
Stay Again? YES
Far removed from the crowds and noise of the highways yet a perfect base to enjoy the opportunities and scenery of the mountains. The hosts are extremely friendly and a wealth of information about the area. Nestled in the trees, the sites can seem close together but the sound of the rippling waters from the creek and the friendliness of the other campers make this the perfect spot. Biltmore was a 35 minute drive away, Blueridge Parkway is about 3 miles away, Bryson City we made in 20 minutes. A wondeful place that provides a mountain atmosphere, solitude if you just want to enjoy the nature around you and a hub for many of the activities availble in the mountains of western NC. And yes, the bathrooms were clean and well maintained. We are making plans to return in the fall. We looked at 13 other camgrounds in the area and none compared to this one.

Received from John F for visit in Jul 2007

Site Number: 20
Stay Again? YES
This place came recommended by someone at PopUpTimes, so I was going on total faith that it was a good place to stay. After all, we drove over 300 miles to stay 3 nights, so I hoped it was as good as touted. Well, it was. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here. It is in a quiet hollow on the NC side of the Smokies. The Blue Ridge Parkway is just a couple of miles away, should you decide to come in that way, or to just take a day trip. The Biltmore Mansion is less than an hour away, and is a must-see. Cherokee, NC, is about an hour away, and has lots to offer for a day trip as well. The campground itself is not huge, but is very nice. There were a few seasonals, which are sometimes a turnoff to me, but they were well-kept. There was only one spot that was unattractive, but they appeared to be in the process of tearing the decking away so that the trailer could be moved. A rushing creek runs right through the middle of the cg, so there are plenty of sites right on the creek. And it is a RUSHING creek. Holly and I had to talk in slightly elevated voices, but this wasn't annoying at all. In fact, it was quite relaxing. We had site 13, which was just barely long enough for our popup and truck. It wasn't very wide either. But, we liked the site because to the rear of the popup there was a step down to the fire ring area, large enough for several people to sit near the fire ring. The fire ring was right on the edge of the creek. We relaxed with a fire beside the creek a couple of nights. Other sites that were a bit larger and similar in structure were, I believe, sites 5 and 6. They were built up with timbers and gravel, with a stepdown to the fire ring next to the creek. The bathhouses were very clean too. I was sort of worried when we arrived, because they were painted block on the outside. Similar to some other places we had seen that were a little "buggy" on the inside. But the inside was very nice. The showers were clean, with rubber matting on the concrete floor inside the showers. The showers were good and hot too, but don't jump in the shower until you have the temp right, as the hot water takes a bit to get to your shower! We were also impressed that they actually stocked the soap dispensers at the sinks with good liquid soap, and kept them reasonably full. The men's and women's sides were separated in the middle by (indoor) washers and dryers, along with a large plastic tub for washing pots/pans/etc. Also, they had a huge reading selection of paperbacks and magazines for reading during clothes washing (or, I assume taking back to the camper, as long as you return it). If you go to this campground, look for the poster next to the women's bathroom entrance. It was an interesting one, telling you what leaves are edible in the forest, and how to prepare them (e.g., dandelion leaves with onion and butter). For you tenters, they were re-doing the tent areas. They had the cutest tent spots. Some of them you had to take a short hike to, but they had built them into the side of a steep hill, so that you overlooked their trout pond/creek. These sites even had water and electric! But don't try and put an RV there without a helicopter! The camp store wasn't huge, but was reasonably stocked. Be sure and read the story about Ben(?) the Bear, who is stuffed and mounted next to the cash register. Should you go, ask for a site next to the creek. The ones up on the hill are tiny, hardly big enough for a tent. If they don't have any sites next to the creek, make sure the one they are offering isn't "up the hill", as they are just too small. When we returned home, we were pleasantly surprised with a postcard from the campground, thanking us for camping there, and wishing us to return. If we are in the area, it will absolutely be one that we consider.

Received from Larry C for visit in 2005

Site Number: 13
Stay Again? YES

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