Directions to Rocky Creek Campground

Google or GPS: Enter 77 Boyd Cove Road, Leicester, NC 28748
If you are using GPS on your phone, be aware that you will lose service in the mountains.


Be sure you have gas before you come! There are no service stations in Big Sandy Mush.


From Asheville:

From Patton Avenue, go north on the New Leicester Highway (NC-63) 11.1 miles, passing through the community of Leicester. Turn left onto North Turkey Creek (not South Turkey Creek); at the corner you’ll see a small Trading Post. Go 2.1 miles and bear right onto Early’s Mountain Road. Go over Early’s Mountain and stay on the same road as the name changes to Big Sandy Mush Road. Continue through the valley another 3.5 miles, with the name changing again to Bald Creek Road. Turn right onto Boyd Cove Road. Go .3 mile and turn left into Rocky Creek Campground. (About 30 minutes from Patton Avenue)

From I-40 (the Mountain Route):

NOTE: If you have an RV or camper DO NOT TAKE THIS ROUTE. It is very steep and winding and cannot be safely driven with a big rig.

From I-40 West, take Newfound Road/Exit 33 and go straight across Newfound Road onto Freedom Road, which runs immediately parallel to I-40. From I-40 East, take Newfound Road/Exit 33. Turn left at the bottom of the exit (a sign points toward Leicester), cross over the interstate, then turn left onto Freedom Road, immediately next to I-40. On Freedom Road go .7 mile to the “T” and turn right onto Beaverdam Road. Continue on this same road for 8.2 miles over Beaverdam Gap and down into Big Sandy Mush; the name will change to Willow Creek Road. At the “T”, turn left onto Bald Creek Road. Go 1.3 miles and turn right onto Boyd Cove Road. Go .3 mile and turn left into Rocky Creek Campground. (About 25 minutes from I-40)[/su_column]

Do not take this route with any vehicle in winter.

From I-40 (the Gentle Route):

NOTE: From I-40 your GPS may direct you onto Beaverdam Road and over Beaverdam Gap. If you have an RV or camper DO NOT TAKE THIS ROUTE. It is very steep and winding and cannot be safely driven with a big rig.

Take Newfound Road/Exit 33; follow the signs for Leicester (Newfound Road). Continue 12 miles on Newfound Road. At the “T”, turn left onto the New Leicester Highway (NC-63). Turn left onto North Turkey Creek (not South Turkey Creek); at the corner you’ll see a small Trading Post. Go 2.1 miles and bear right onto Early’s Mountain Road. Go over Early’s Mountain and stay on the same road as the name changes to Big Sandy Mush Road. Continue through the valley another 3.5 miles, with the name changing again to Bald Creek Road. Turn right onto Boyd Cove Road. Go .3 mile and turn left into Rocky Creek Campground. (About 40 minutes from I-40)

From Asheville or I-40 (the No-Mountain Route):

On the New Leicester Highway (NC-63), go PAST North Turkey Creek and continue 4.1 miles. You will pass a rural gas station with a Triangle Gas sign, then cross a small bridge with an “Entering Madison County” sign. Almost immediately after the bridge, turn left onto Sandy Mush Creek Road. Go 2.6 miles to the “T” and turn right onto Big Sandy Mush Road. Go 3.8 miles, with the name changing to Bald Creek Road.  Turn right onto Boyd Cove Road. Go .3 mile and turn left into Rocky Creek Campground. (About 20 minutes longer than the other routes, but fairly level)