My plan was to camp at Hanging Dog CG near Murphy NC when I left my friend’s place. Instead, I continued on into Tennessee in search of a secluded boondocking spot. Deep in the Cherokee National Forest is a NFS camp called Tumbling Creek.
I found the turn-off and followed directions along two forest roads; up and down and around hair-pin turns with steep drop offs. A one lane gravel road, rutted and rocky here and there, with trees and vegetation crowding the road. Only small rigs, jeeps and pickups should attempt it.
After 5 miles I finally arrived at what appeared to be Tumbling Creek; as it certainly was tumbling. No one had mentioned the road crossed the creek before getting to the campground. It was a concrete slab though, but submerged in water and a limb stuck in the middle; I wasn’t about to try it in Tardis. I later saw a few pickups and jeeps ford it with no problem.
Why bother, as there was a great site right at the crossing. Plenty big enough for my rig and I was able to get level without using pads. An ideal site right next to the cascading creek and a safe distance above the water. Fortunately, I arrived early enough to nab a great camping spot.
Hiked around the area and found another camp across the road, but the parking spot was too small for my rig. Would make a great tent camp though. Returned to the rig and made up some baked beans with onion and brats for lunch. Enjoyed listening to and watching the creek while I ate. For sure no internet out there. But to my surprise, 2 bars of 3G and, with the booster, 3 bars of 4G LTE. Wow! So I stayed a just had to stay a couple of days for free.
Camp: Cherokee NF-Tumbling Creek boondock
Scene: Deep woods, creek