Most adventurers are unaware of this well-hidden camping spot. Nestled in the mountainous region of Jackrabbit Mountain in Hayesville, North Carolina, this spot has easy access to hiking trails and the crisps waters of Lake Chatuge.
Travel past the mountain biker’s trail area at Jackrabbit Mountain, past the swimming (beach) area. Continue until the road dead ends, taking the last side road on your right before coming upon a boat dock area straight ahead.
At this turn off there is a graveled parking lot, park your vehicle here. The trailhead is directly north.
This hike consists of moderate terrains. Continue on the trail for approximately half of a mile. Eventually the trail will split, at this point take the trail that goes left.
Keep in mind there are no signs to guide your way, so the possibility of getting lost may be likely. Remember to hike this trail during the daytime hours only. Hiking at night is virtually impossible if one is not familiar with this area.
Again stay on the trail that leads left, continue on this trail until it ends. This will take another fourth of a mile of hiking, approximately.
Once the trail has ended, then one has reached their destination. A fire pit will be present here. This is a great indicator one has made it to the right camping spot. Plus the waters of Lake Chatuge are visible, and there for swimming or fishing.
Coyotes are present in this area, and often can be heard near this very spot during summer nights. Keep this in mind.
Other managed camping sites can be found nearby. This spot is for those who want to be completely immersed in nature without the interruptions of neighboring campers.
To become more informed about other areas at Jackrabbit Mountain please visit the following websites, http://www.greatcarolinaproperty.com/Outdoor-recreation/Jackrabbit-Mountain-campground.htm and also http://www.dirtragmag.com/printrag/access-action-jackrabbit-mountain-bike-hiking-trails.
Again there are other camping sites at Jackrabbit Mountain, which are not as far into nature, and not as isolated. Please be respectful of nature when leaving this spot after camping, this makes it possible for others to also camp here in the future.