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Round Mountain in Newport

Post  Richard on Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:41 pm

Tim, this is in your neck of the woods. Have you ever been there? I want to take the kids to a less campgroundy campground. Would this be a good choice?

Round Mountain Campground
[Fig. 44(20)] Hikers and campers are attracted to this scenic site near the top of Round Mountain. In the summertime it is a naturally air-conditioned spot to pitch a tent or park a trailer. At 3,100 feet it is one of the highest campgrounds in the CNF. Altitude, dense vegetation of rhododendrons, and a small mountain stream lower temperatures.

Hikers come here because the Appalachian Trail (AT) is nearby. The Walnut Mountain Trail (#135) runs 2.07 miles along the AT between this campground and the Walnut Mountain shelter. The popular 7-mile AT hike between Lemon Gap and Max Patch is only 10 miles away. This scenic stretch of trail features spectacular high-elevation vistas and outstanding wildflower displays in spring and summer.

This is a remote campground accessed by a winding, narrow, two-lane gravel road. All camping is on a first-come first-served basis.

Directions: From Newport, travel south on TN 25/70 approximately 11 miles. Turn right onto TN 107, and follow camping symbols to the campground.
Activities: Camping. Hiking nearby.
Facilities: 12 campsites (some are trailer sites) and 2 picnic sites. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern post. Campground features a hand-pumped water well and toilets.
Dates: Usually open from mid-Apr. to mid-Dec.
Fees: There is a charge for camping and day use.
Closest town: Newport, approximately 11 miles.
For more information: Nolichucky/Unaka Ranger District, 124 Austin Street, Suite 3, Greeneville, TN 37745. Phone (423) 638-4109.
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Post  coolbreeze1 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:44 pm

Sorry Richard this maybe in my neck of the woods but I haven't a clue. To many bad things have happened in Cocke Co. That part of the county is know to be quite rowdy at times. Shocked
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Post  Richard on Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:54 pm

Ha! and what part of the county doesn't have that reputation? None that I've heard about. We'll have to take a field trip one day and check it out.
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Post  coolbreeze1 on Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:20 pm

Richard wrote:Ha! and what part of the county doesn't have that reputation? None that I've heard about. We'll have to take a field trip one day and check it out.
Well it is one part of Cocke County that I do not venture in at night.
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