The campground was about an hour and a half from our home. It wasn't a bad drive and the roads weren't twisty like other places in the mountains of North Carolina. That was a definite plus when driving two lane roads. Buck Creek was easy to find and not far from US 221.
The campground was very well maintained. When we arrived, no one was in the office. There was a note and a phone to call the owner and announce our arrival. We knew our spot numbers and he allowed us to proceed to set up camp. He told us to just come by the office later and pay for the site.
The roads of the campground were very well maintained. It looked as though fresh gravel had been spread and compacted. The sites were all gravel and which was a plus, so no sand tracking into the rig.
The majority of the sites were closely spaced together. So, if you want to sprawl out and/or have large rigs with several slides, it could pose an issue. The owner did ask the size of our rigs and let me know upfront that the sites were on the smaller size. So, if he forgets to ask you, make sure you tell him your rig size. Our travel trailers are 31 feet tongue to bumper and have one super slide each. Site 45 was the smaller of the sites and we set up on it. My parents backed into site 46 and we spent all our time on their site. It was a little larger than our site.
We loved that we were right on the creek. We could not access the creek from our sites, but we had a nice view of the water and could here it rushing. The sites were very shaded and that was a definite plus. It was a short walk to swimming hole 2 from our site. Swimming hole one was just a tad further down stream in the campground. We tried out both swimming holes and enjoyed them. I think we decided swimming hole 2 was our favorite. There were large boulders at both holes to jump off and into the water. The holes were quite deep eight to ten feet. This thrilled Little Man. The water flow was just right to allow for a lazy river tube ride.
Down stream view from Swimming hole #1
Swimming hole #1 The large boulder in the back is where you can
jump off into the creek.
View from our campsite #45 and #46
My hubs, dad, mom, and kids fished the creek. They caught a few fish and Hubby caught a nice trout. We saw several people fishing and they were reeling in some nice sized fish. So, fishing is good in the creek.
Fishing near Swimming Hole #2
Fishing at swimming hole #2
The campground was very quiet at all times of the day and night. I was really surprised due to the number of campers and how close the sites were together. The speed limit of 5mph is strictly enforced and keeps road traffic noise down.
They do sell firewood at the office, but there was really no camp store. However, the local Walmart was just about 10 minutes away and Tom Johnson's Camping World was right down the road. So, if you forget anything or need a NC fishing license, you don't have to travel far. Once at the campground, you wouldn't know civilization was so close!
We will definitely return to Buck Creek Campground!