Saturday, May 22, 2010

Weather in the Mountains

Each week I get calls from folks with reservations...."Is it going to rain all weekend?"....."The Weather Channel says you have a {fill in the blank} percent chance of scattered showers" 

We know that you don't want to take a camping vacation and get rained out---that wouldn't be fun at all! Sometimes we will get one of those big storms that comes across the country and we'll have a few rainy days in a row--but generally the rain is scattered and moves through pretty quickly. 

Remember that none of the weather web sites or TV shows are 100% accurate about the weather--and they're even less accurate for things that are going to happen a few days away or next weekend.   I find that does a great job for our area.

The Cherokee Indians say that the "Mountains make the weather."   

As the weather moves into the mountains it will break up and a potential thunderstorm becomes a gentle shower.  I've watched it rain on the mountain just north of the campground while we were dry.  
The Smoky Mountains are considered a temperate rain forest.   The rain that moves through the Smokies keeps it lush and cool and green.   And the only time to see the "Smoke" rise is after a rain.  (This is a picture I took near Balsam Mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway.)

Rainbow over Flaming Arrow Camp ground 5/17/10

So come prepared for mountain weather---bring shorts and swim suits; bring jeans and a sweat shirt and a jacket for cool nights and mornings. Plan to set up a dining canopy or awning.  Bring a tarp to put over your tent....or call early enough to reserve one of our tent shelter sites.  We have gravel in our sites so that if it does rain, you won't be in the mud.  We also have a list of fun things to do on a rainy day!   And you might be lucky enough to see a rainbow!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Winners Stay at Flaming Arrow Campground!

Bill & Jo Woods won the People's Choice 1st Place Trophy and prize this weekend at the Spring Cherokee Rod Run!

They've camped with us for five years and already have their site saved for the Fall Rod Run which will be November 5-7. Congratulations Bill & Jo!  Beautiful Car!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Cherokee Survivors Rally Weekend

This past weekend was the Spring Cherokee Survivors Motorcycle Rally & Concert.  We had guests from Florida to Virginia here to enjoy the mountain roads and all the fun at the rally!  

The weather cooperated until Saturday afternoon when the rains came!   True campers and Harley riders made the most of the weekend--what else are blue tarps and rain suits for? 

Make plans for the Fall Rally which will be September 10-12.   Call our toll-free number, 877-497-6161 and we'll save you a site!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Happy Campers!

In 10 years we have been blessed with many loyal customers who come back year after year!

It's been fun to watch children grow, and in some cases come back with their children!

Here are a few new "Happy Camper" notes:

"I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much we enjoyed our visit to your campground. On our next visit to Cherokee we will be staying with you again. We really liked the size of your campsites and also the peace and quiet."

"I wanted to drop you a line and let you know that in our travels, and we stayed in many campgrounds, your campgrounds were the nicest. Of course, it could have been the hospitality of the hosts, your maps of local sites to see were wonderful. However, the grounds were the cleanest; the bathrooms, the cleanest and the sites themselves were great. Thank you for a wonderful stay."

"Just wanted to thank you for your hospitality during our Easter weekend visit. The park is all that we thought it would be and more. Very impressed with the clean bathhouse and area. The location is perfect for anyone with a motorcycle looking for a family R.V. site centrally located. We will be back soon. "

It's time to go camping! Looking forward to seeing old and new friends this season!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy Easter!

My favorite mountain flower is the forsythia. When I see this glorious bush blooming it just makes me happy! The weather is perfect this weekend and we've got a number of new folks in for the holiday weekend.

Our crew of West Virginia fishermen just left this morning after a successful week on the river! They gifted me with some beautiful trout all filleted and ready to cook--going to fire up the grill and cook it for supper tonight!

Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

First Day of Spring!

The sun is shining and the birds are singing! Some of my pansies survived the winter! We're sprucing up the campground and getting ready for you to come camping!

We're always on the lookout for fun things to do in Cherokee. This year there are some exciting new things you may want to experience when you come camping this spring or summer:

Hands On Cherokee: Learn traditional Cherokee Basketry or Pottery with a master Cherokee Artisan. Each week at the Oconoluftee Indian Village.

The Cherokee Fun Park is reopening this spring. Enjoy go-cart tracks, gigantic playboat pool, and newly renovated miniature golf courses for a great day of family fun!

Zip through the trees at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours! A three hour experience with over 1/2 mile of air time.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino now offers your favorite beverages in their restaurants and on the Casino floor!

Is that your campsite on our web page?
Go to the Flaming Arrow Campground web page and click around...If you find a picture of your RV, Popup or Tent site--give us a call and we'll give you one night free with a two night stay, excluding holidays and events. 877-497-6161

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Upcoming Events

Plan your camping trip soon to enjoy these upcoming events:

March 27, 2010: Ramp It Up Festival, Fishing Season Opening Weekend, Horseshoe Contest, Music, and lots of great food!
April 23-25, 2010: Cherokee Survivors' Motorcycle Rally, three day swap meet, games, vendors, food and great entertainment.
May 14-16, 2010: Cruise the Smokies Spring Cherokee Rod Run , come see more than 500 classic and customized autos built before 1972.
May 28-29, 2010: Swain County Heritage Festival, Bryson City celebrates mountain heritage with great Gospel, Blue Grass and Country music. Arts & Crafts, great food and games for kids.

Call Flaming Arrow Campground on our toll-free number, 877-497-6161 and get your favorite camp site!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Winter Keeps on Going!

We've had more snow this winter than we've had in the past 10 years! I heard on the news that 49 states had measurable snow yesterday. Kids all over the deep South are making their first snowman and finding ways to slide down hills!

I have noticed signs of Spring in the past few days--some crocuses are peeking out of the ground and several large flocks of Canadian Geese have been spotted in the campground meadows. We can only hope they're on their way back North!

Here at Flaming Arrow Campground the best sign of Spring is when campers are coming up the road! Make your plans now for a spring camping trip and enjoy this special:

Two for the Price of One: Now through April 19th, bring a friend in their RV and you both camp for the price of one!! Two night minimum stay--call ahead and get two sites side by side.

Call 1-877-497-6161 and make your reservations