Date of Stay: Friday June 30 – Tuesday August 1, 2017 (1 month)
Website: Cross Creek RV Park
69 Georgia Lane (gps 1354 Moody Farm Road)
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Description: Located in the southwest point of NC, this park is great for big rigs with level sites and no curvy mountain roads to navigate. We stayed on site 55. The roads and sites are gravel with nice grassy areas. The sites are about 45 feet wide with room for Tawanda and our truck parked sideways in front. They have a nice pavilion with a laundry room but no bathroom facilities. There are 3 different areas in the park; section by Jonathan Creek across the road, section of mostly seasonals with 90 degree back-in sites with trees; and the newer open section where we were. All are FHU(50A) with cable. Our section has the pull-thru back to back sites so that your patio is facing your neighbors somewhat. Bring extra sewer hose and support. Moody Farm Road is flat and has a nice sidewalk for great morning walks. Maggie Valley is basically a small, laid back tourist town located about 5 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSM) near Cherokee. It’s also only a few miles to a bigger small town (Waynesville) that has all the basics covered plus a vibrant downtown and only about 40 miles from Asheville to cover any major city desires one may have.
Trash and Recycle: Dumpster in the back corner of the park but no recycle bins.
Activities: We enjoyed our time here because it was easy to relax but still have some activities. We travelled the BRP sections several times and I hiked a few trails. The sidewalk near the rv park is near Jonathan Creek and there’s not much traffic on Moody Farm Road so it’s a good place to get in shape. We drove the curvy dirt road to Cataloochee Valley to find some elk (mother and her calf). A herd of 50 elk were reintroduced to the GSM in 2001 and has grown to about 200 now. We also saw a herd of about 18 at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, but the biggest one (14 point bull) was only a quarter mile from the rv park! He appears on a regular basis so the locals have named him Jeffrey. We also drove over to Cades Cove and Gatlinburg TN and saw some of the fire damage near there from the wildfire of November 2016. One of our favorite spots is the bamboo forest in Oconaluftee Island Park in Cherokee so we spent a few quiet minutes of contemplation there. I remember camping at Deep Creek GSM cg near Bryson City as a kid 50 years ago so I had to check it out. It’s a great place to go tubing down the creek with hundreds of your closest friends and it has a nice trail to some small waterfalls. I also remember going to Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee as a kid so we did that early in our visit. They show how life was in the 1750’s and keep their crafts and heritage alive. Lake Junaluska is between Maggie Valley and Waynesville. It is about 200 acres so it would be a nice place for our boats. It is a conference and retreat center established by the Methodist Church and has a wonderful paved walking path around it (3.8 miles around or 2.3 miles if using the footbridge). One hike I took on the BRP (Milepost 451.2) was Waterrock Knob Trail. It’s only 1.2 miles round trip but quite steep. Another hike I did was Mingus Creek Trail (about 6 miles) in the GSM which goes up beside the creek most of the way. I was startled by a wild pig about five feet from me. No pictures as he was snorting and walking towards me! I just slowly backed away and kept hiking. We also enjoyed just hanging around our patio and watching the clouds drift up into the mountains. Oh yeah, we finally had our slide topper mechanism fixed that broke on June 1 by a good mobile rv tech (RV Trailer and Motorhome Repair 828-380-0887).
Cross Creek RV Park, Maggie Valley NC
Entrance to the rv park Corn field beside the park
On site 55 before neighbors Stan and Carol arrived
Surrounded by the Smoky Mountains... we love it here!
Scenes along the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP)
Big Witch Overlook Woolyback Overlook… Bill?
Rough Butt Bald…Pounding Mill Overlook… Where do they get these names?
Cowee Mountain Overlook BRP highest elevation (6053 ft)
We had to drive through a few tunnels!
Some of the overlooks even have special features such as a pedestrian overlook or a short trail
Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee NC
Cherokee Indian life as it was in 1750
Native crafts such as beading and pottery…
…basket weaving and burning out a canoe…
…weapons making and demonstrating the blow gun
They didn’t live in tipis Inside the Council Chambers
Short Nature Walk at OIV … Cherokee have great respect for nature
Catalochee Valley (GSM) and the Elk
Catalochee Overlook Nice stream by the road to the group camp
There’s just something about a mountain stream!!
Doe and fawn (Elk!) were in the woods right beside the road!!
Momma never stopped grazing!
Catalochee Valley has a couple of old homesteads there too
Elk grazing at Oconaluftee Visitor Center GSM
Our neighborhood elk (Jeffrey) bedding down for the night!
Soco Falls and Oconaluftee Island Park in Cherokee NC
Not easy to get to the base of Soco Falls but I made it!
Couple of the many painted bears in Cherokee
Bamboo Forest at Oconaluftee Island Park (one of our favorite places)
Nice pedestrian bridge at the park
Tubing is popular … we saw people walk up stream to float down several times
Waterrock Knob Trail BRP Milepost 451.2
Inside the Info Center at Waterrock Knob
Beautiful view from the parking lot
Not a long trail but heart pounding steep
Beautiful views along the hike!
View from the top is beautiful too!
Going down made my toes hurt
Cades Cove and GSM Fire Damage near Gatlinburg TN
Wild turkey in Cades Cove. We saw a white tail deer buck in the woods but traffic was backing up.
Fire damage in GSM
Fire damage… all four pics are from the Carlos Campbell Overlook on Newfound Gap Road
Beautiful rainbow at Newfound Gap GSM
Cloudy morning at Lake Junaluska
Bethea Welcome Center Lake Junaluska Cross
Gazebo along the trail Many people enjoy the pathway
Lots of flowers along the pathway
The paved pathway only has a couple of gentle hills
Sharing the path with geese and ducks means watching your step
More than just Canada geese here
Lake Junaluska is beautiful with the Smoky Mountains as a backdrop
Public boat ramp and the park beside it
The Rose Walk with more than 200 rose bushes
Oconaluftee Visitor Center and nearby Mingus Mill (GSM)
Inside Oconaluftee Visitor Center
Path to Mingus Mill which was built in 1886
Water is diverted from Mingus Creek into a 200 ft flume to power the water turbine
instead of using a water wheel
The turbine under the mill and the stone grinding corn inside
Deep Creek GSM Area
Juney Whank Falls near the beginning of trail, Tom Branch Falls in the middle and
Indian Creek Falls at top
Tubers get hot walking up hill about a mile to the put in spot and cold mountain water
About a 3 ft drop Easy rapids
Lots of people enjoy this beautiful place making memories
Mingus Creek Trail
Trail starts as an old road bed beside Mingus Creek then narrows with
several stream crossings without bridges
About a half mile into the hike, I startled a wild boar which in turn startled me!
The last half mile was steep with many switchbacks. Turn around point at Deeplow Gap Trail
was peaceful. A nice hike in the woods!