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US Forest Service and Southern Research Station

Jackrabbit Mountain Campground

Jackrabbit Mountain Recreation Area offers three camping loops with 100 sites for tent or trailer camping. Some of the sites and infrastructure within the campground were updated in recent years. There are hot showers and drinking water available in each camping loop. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire grill and tent pad. Accessible flush toilets, hot showers and drinking water are available.
Some sites can accommodate 32’ or longer RVs. There are no water or electric hookup sites available for RVs. Two picnic shelters are provided.

A separate camping fee is charged. The campground is open May through September. For reservations, call 877-444-6777 or visit

Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance. A 2-night minimum stay is required for weekends, and a 3-night minimum stay is required for holiday weekends.

Nearby Chatuge Lake offers a swimming beach with accessible showers, flush toilets, hiking trails, picnic areas with shelters, and a launching ramp for boating, water skiing and fishing. Chatuge Lake is touted as the crown jewel of Tennessee Valley Authority’s system of lakes and is an impoundment of the Hiwassee River. Similar to a Swiss alpine lake setting, the lake is filled with a bounty of fish, including bass, catfish, crappie and sunfish.

From Murphy: Take Hwy 64 East towards Hayesville NC for 9 miles. From Hayesville, go 6.2 miles, and then turn right on NC 175. Travel 2.5 miles, and turn right on NC 1155.

From Hayesville: Take US 64 East for 6.2 miles, and turn right onto NC 175. Go 2.5 miles. Turn
right onto SR 1155.

From Hiawassee: Take GA 75 North for about 3.5 miles, to the NC-GA state line, where it turns into NC 175. Proceed 1.5 miles, and turn left onto SR 1155.

From Asheville: Take I-40 West to Canton. Take Exit 27 onto 74 West/19-23 South. At Exit 81, take 23-441 South to Franklin. In Franklin, take 64 West for 31 miles, and turn left on NC 175. Go 2.5 miles. Turn right on SR 1155 to the recreation area.