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Old 05-09-2021, 07:24 AM   #1
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Rock hunting Franklin NC

Want to go rock hunting in Franklin, NC. Would like suggestions where to stay with 37 ft. RV and 12 ft. trailer with bike.

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If you are lucky enough to snag a reservation at Cardinal Ridge Farm, it's one of the better experiences we've had. It's a very small park so it's very popular and sometimes difficult to book:

Cardinal Ridge Farm RV Mountain Retreat

Not a campground geared towards families with kids, however.
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Pines RV Park is a few short miles west of Franklin. The reviews on RV Life are accurate. It should make a good base for your activities in the area. Let us know after your trip what you think of wherever you end up!
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Depending on how soon you’re heading there, there’s a new campground opening Franklin this Spring.

https://deerspringsrvpark.com/
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Standing Indian USFS campground west of Franklin off of US 64. Actually looks like you drive right by the Deer Springs RV park to get to it. Paved road all the way and lots of nice sites. The Nantahala River runs right thru the campground and is shallow and has a smooth round rock bottom you can wade in. Supposed good gemstone hunting area.

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234228

Loop A is kinda tight for larger rigs, Loops B,C, and D are by far the best, and loop E is a gravel road and while I had no issues in my 23 ft motorhome, its not well suited to large rigs. I think the loops 1 thru 5 on the Recreation dot gov website translate to the loops A thru E on the map.

On Youtube search standing indian campground ride thru and you get a number of videos that give you ride thrus of all of the loops.

There is NO cell service there, you have to go back up the entrance road 2 miles to Rock Gap where the Appalachian Trail hits the road to get a cell signal.

There are water spigots where you can get water, and very nice shower and restrooms for each loop.

I spent one night there waiting for a friend of mine, to arrive the next day, but it was so full, I left and we met up and Black Rock Mtn State Park in Mountain City GA, south of Franklin.

Be sure and visit the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum that is located in the old jail

https://www.fgmm.org/

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