This is a PAY campground. ($12 or less)

Old Fort, North Carolina
GPS: 35.71014, -82.191811
Elevation: 2450'
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Public - Forest Service (USDA) (Official)


Curtis Creek Campground is open 4/1 - 11/30. You may stay 14 days at Curtis Creek Campground.

  • Drinking Water
  • Near Water
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
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Submitted by Last update on Oct 10, 2014

$5/Night. Free dispersed camping nearby.
Some of the campsites are along Curtis Creek Road. The rest are in an offset area near the camphost. Alcohol is prohibited at all designated campsites along Curtis Creek Road. With the exception of the city of Marion, McDowell county is dry.

There are free, roadside campsites north of the campground. They are marked.

Curtis Creek is a beautiful area in western North Carolina. It was the first tract of eastern forest acquired through the Weeks Act in 1911

The nearest place to get water and dump is Sky Island.

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Reviewed on October 17, 2016
M. Donahue gives a rating of 4M. Donahue gives a rating of 4M. Donahue gives a rating of 4M. Donahue gives a rating of 4M. Donahue gives a rating of 4

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Has anyone else had their campsite searched by Forest Ranger looking for alcohol? Granted there are signs saying No Alcohol, we weren't drinking. We had just arrived in the campground when we and another campsite were searched by flashlight by a very rude Forest Ranger. My daughter had to pour out craft beer she had bought in Atlanta and was taking back to Vermont with her. She also received a $105 fine. Never going back

Stayed here in a 12 foot-long Trailer (RV). M. Donahue would not stay here again.

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Reviewed on July 27, 2015

We stayed 2 nights in a primitive site above the campground. Site was beautiful, creek was awesome. What was not awesome was being harassed by a park ranger. We were 2 families with small children who believe in Leave no Trace camping. We weren't there to party, just to relax with our families. We had to have our site inspected, were told that we had to move one of our tents, then had to let him see our IDs. The ranger was not nice and acted like we were criminals because we had a tent outside what was considered the site.

We will not go there again, not worth it.

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Reviewed on June 26, 2014

This is a lovely little area. Some of the campsites are on a lush, grassy area surrounded by large trees. That area is perfect for tents. Another part of the campground has drive in camping aprons along the edges of a parking area. It's a traditional campground layout. Lastly, there are single campsites for those who want more privacy.

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Reviewed on October 5, 2013
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There are few sites along the road that are free but we stayed in the actual campground for $5/Night with camphost. Like it was said before - no showers, just valut toilets and water spigot. Camp host has some wood for sale. Very secluded. We actually arrived from the top of the hill, we did not know there is an easier way from the bottom. I would definitely not recommend comming from the top and if so, only with 4x4 high clearance vehicle. No cell service (Verizon).

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Reviewed on August 10, 2012

This is a really nice primitive campground.
true, there are no showers, but the pit toilets are clean, there are water spigots, and the campground is next to a creek.
I camped here on July 23rd. 2012

its about 2 miles from paved road. maybe 8miles from the gas station.

Nice quiet area, the campsites are extremely clean, like not even a cigarette butt.
camp host on site
cooking grills and lantern holders + extra parking.

theres an option of outside camping, or if you drive past the first 5 sites, you'll come to, IMO, a nicer area that is closed in and locked from 10pm-7am - with camp host on site)

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Reviewed on March 11, 2012

The sites are located off of the forest service road, and next to Curtis Creek. All the sites appeared clean, but the sites get better as one increases in elevation. There are no showers, and yes it is just pit toilets. There is a great deal of humidity present most of the year. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a winding ride to the crest of the mountain. There were several sites located close enough for a group to stay close together. The sites are to tight for large camping trailers or RV's. Curtis Creek is a beautiful stream, and a few spooky trout can be seen by the watchful eye!

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Reviewed on May 16, 2011

There are no showers at this campsite, and they are pit toilets with no running water in the bathrooms. There is hand pump water spigots and it is right on Curtis Creek, but this is primitive camping. It is on a gravel forestry road. There is a paved parking place for short RV campers with tent camping dispersed throughout.

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Replied March 6, 2012

Thank you Valerie, I was just starting to plan my trip. Not as advertised, very disappointed

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