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Status: Closed through Wed Apr 30 2014   Season Dates


Jackrabbit Mountain Campground offers scenic lakeside camping in the beautiful Nantahala National Forest of southwestern North Carolina. From May through September, campers can breathe the fresh air of the forest while enjoying numerous recreation activities, including hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, fishing and water sports.

Natural Features:

The campground is located on a peninsula on Lake Chatuge, a dammed lake on the Hiawassee River. The site sits in a thin pine forest at an elevation of 1,860 feet.


Lake Chatuge has more than 130 miles of shoreline and plenty of water for recreation. Popular water activities include boating, jet skiing, swimming and fishing.

Visitors who wish to stay on dry land can explore hiking, biking and shoreline fishing. Jackrabbit Mountain Recreation Area boasts several hiking trails, and the campground has paved roads for an easy afternoon of bicycling. Mountain bikers can get their wheels dusty on approximately 14 miles of bike-friendly trails.


This large facility has three loops of well-kept campsites, some of which lie on the water's edge. Families can relax at the swimming beach, while anglers and boaters can use the boat ramp to access the water. The facility is also equipped with accessible showers, flush toilets and picnic shelters.

Nearby Attractions:

Local attractions include the Fires Creek area, Buck Creek rockhounding area and the Georgia Mountain Fair, which occurs in late July each year.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Jet Skiing
  • Lake Access
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Waterfront Sites
Know Before You Go
  • Host at Jackrabbit Mountain Campground is unable to switch sites.
  • Pets are not allowed in the beach and swimming area
  • No sewer, water or electric hookups available; no dumping of black or gray water permitted anywhere except at dump station
  • Alcohol is not allowed in the recreations area, including the campground, beach and boat ramp
  • Click here to learn more about the National Forests in North Carolina
  • Don't Move Firewood : Help protect our forests! Obtain your firewood near your destination to avoid the spread of pests. Using firewood from outside the area can threaten native trees and forests. Firewood from outside the area is not recommended as some states have quarantines in effect and firewood movement is illegal. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.01065, -83.78306
35°0'38"N, 83°46'59"W

From Hayesville, North Carolina, take U.S. Highway 64 east for 6.2 miles. Turn right onto State Route 175 and go 2.5 miles. Turn right onto State Road 1155, which turns into Forest Road 248.

From Hiawassee, Georgia, take Georgia Route 75 north for about 3.5 miles, where it turns into North Carolina Route 175, and go an additional 1.5 miles. Turn left onto State Road 1155, which turns into Forest Service Road 248.

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Information: (828)837-5152