Grandfather Campground, in the shadow of Grandfather Mountain, is right over the Tennessee- North Carolina border in an area that’s a popular vacation spot in the summer and the winter (skiing!). I feel like I say this a lot these days, but it’s not so much a campground as an RV park with sites so close together I couldn’t figure out if the fire pit next to our site was ours or our neighbors.

Behind our site.

Behind our site.

We were in spot A5 — if you can get A2 to A18, I’d recommend it. There’s a creek that runs behind those sites, so you can sit back there and at least have a nice view.

The town of Banner Elk is 8 miles away — it’s a cute town to shop and eat at (but with really narrow roads up a mountain) — and there’s the Banner Elk Winery. There’s also the Puerto Nuevo Mexican Restaurant which has the largest margeritas I’ve ever seen. The glass was so big, I needed two hands (which means, unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos).

We’re looking forward to doing some more exploring of this area but we’ll look for a state park in the area next time!