Originally Posted by DK-in-SC
Uh oh... I was looking to book a weekend there in November for a fly fishing trip with some buddies. Probably will be a lot less busy then so I may still camp there. They seem to have "river" sites and "creek" sites. Do you remember which site# you had?
Hopefully the river will have some more water when we are there. I do know that from a fishing perspective, the water is very low right now. Thanks for the post. Hopefully our experience is better. I've camped before just down the road at River Valley and was pleased with the camp.
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While I am not a fan of packed campgrounds, I wouldn't say Cheorkee KOA is even close to a worst campground ever. If it was so bad, how in the world do they pack it out at $85 a night?
Cherokee is packed in the summer. As it starts to get colder, the tourists go away and the campground turns into a ghost town. We camped there once in July a couple years ago. It was packed, and there were children running around.. As they should be. If you go in the summer, get a map of the sites and pick something further away from the office, pool, and trampoline. We had a river site, it was expensive, but if you were to stay in a crap hotel up there it would be $150 a night. The main gripe I had was there is a natural berm along the river to the point that when sitting down at your camp fire you can't see the river. I say save the money, get a pull thru site adjacent to the river sites. You aren't going to fish directly next to the campground anyways if you want to catch fish.
A buddy and I went again this past January to fish the river by the high school, and there were maybe 20 campers there. Great fishing! We also went quail hunting guided by the fly shop on the other end of town. You can even park across from the high school in the evenings and if you're lucky spot the elk heard they transplanted in the mountains a few years back. If you want some fishing tips, go to the fly shop. You can also look at the forum www.ngto.org
. Search "Cherokee" on the NGTO site and you will get all of the info you could ever want. The best fishing up there is just after the high school on the way to KOA. Also remember that you need a tribal license to fish the reservation. They sell them at the campground office.
We will probably run up there once it gets cold as well to hit the river.