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US 129 Tail of the Dragon


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Years ago, before smartphones, I took a trip and found a neat little camping area that is not only free, but all the spots are on Lake Santeetlah near Robbinsville, NC. It is first come/first serve with no reservations. You could reasonably fit a 20' travel trailer or 25' C class rv, I wouldn't try for much larger owing to turn around room. Tent camping it fine. Road noise is non existent. It has 5 reasonably large spots, 2 are very level, 3 are not. It is 12 miles from "The Tail" if that's the star attraction for you. There is a open pit outhouse on site towards the entrance. I would encourage looking at the picture on the google listing as nothing I have taken with my 12 year old 6MP digital camera will do it justice. 

 

 

It is affectionately referred to as NSCR #1147

The Location (google is slightly misleading with the actual location)

https://goo.gl/maps/JTvpfm5YsLE23y716

What you are getting into

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/null/recarea/?recid=49624&actid=34

The Google listing

https://goo.gl/maps/YVV9o9igGofy9ak39

 

If you have a casual interest in hydro or civil engineering like myself, The Santeetlah Dam has a nearly 5 mile long penstock to its powerhouse at the foot of Fontana Dam on the Little Tennessee River.

 

I will be going back out there towards the end of the year.

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Love places like that. Hardly anyone around, do my metal detecting and Bicycling. Have coffee with anyone that wants some.

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