Cardens Bluff Campground



There are 40 campsites within Cardens Bluff Campground. Each section of the campground has flush toilets. In addition, there is an accessible shower house with eight showers for the campground. Recycling has been added to the campground, including aluminum, glass and plastic.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearby Rat Branch Boat Launch is an easy five minute drive from the campground for campers with motor boats. Shook Branch Swim Area is also nearby on the shores of Watauga Lake. Big Laurel Branch and Pond Mountain Wilderness areas are located north and south of the campground for more rugged, backcountry hiking.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Showers
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Trails
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Accessible Walkways
  • Birding
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Cell Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Hot Water
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Lantern Posts
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Pathways
  • Paved Roads
  • Pets Allowed
  • Recycling
  • Self Pay Station
  • Shade
  • Showers
  • Star Gazing
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Water
  • Water Access
  • Water Activities
  • Water Spigot
  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Day Use Area
  • Emergency Phone
  • Emergency Services
  • Fishing Dock
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Hunting
  • Ice
  • Motor Boat Rentals
  • Pontoon Rental
  • Restaurant
  • Sailboarding
  • Sailing
  • Shooting Range
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go

The gates to the campground are closed from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Guests of campers are asked to leave before the gates are closed; All developed recreation areas in the Cherokee National Forest are alcohol free to promote family-friendly recreation; Campfires are limited to the burning of wood only. It’s state law; Be careful with food scraps and trash. Keep a clean campsite to prevent unwanted critters and bears; One third of the campground is available for those without advanced reservations, on a first-come, first-served basis. Only sites 16, 28 and 29 are suitable for up to a 30 foot camper.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.30972, -82.11528
36°18’35″N, 82°6’55″W

From Elizabethton take US 19E/321 south 5 miles to Hampton. Turn left on 321/67 travel 3 miles to the campground entrance on the left.

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Banner Elk NC 28604
Phone: 828-783-1080

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