Calling all food fanatics – this one’s for you! One of the most common things to consider when booking a family vacation is what you’re going to eat and where. Although we have the Creekside Café on-site – where campers can choose from a variety of tasty treats like burgers, wraps, salads, chicken tenders, ice cream, and more – we understand the need to get out and explore beautiful Golden Valley! Keep reading for 5 local restaurants to check out during your next trip to Jellystone Park™.

Copper Penny Grill

Located in both Forest City and Rutherfordton, diners can enjoy go-to grill options like burgers, steaks, and delicious fish. Looking for lighter fare? Enjoy a variety of salads, wraps, and sandwiches. There’s also a patio open during warmer months!

Louie’s Cafe

In the pizza business since 1976, Louie’s Cafe is a must-visit when passing through Forest City, North Carolina. Their pies are thin crusted and delicious, and their Italian pasta entrees offer huge portion sizes. You won’t leave hungry!

Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits

A visit to North Carolina is not complete without a trip to Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits. They’re famous for, well, chicken and biscuits and there’s no denying it. This quick service spot will have you licking your fingers.

Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge

If you’re looking for award-winning barbecue, look no further. Although located slightly farther away in Shelby, North Carolina, this barbecue joint has been working on their craft since 1946 and surely should not be missed. Traveler’s tip — all orders are made fresh daily. When the last order is filled, the spot closes for the day.

Forest City Fish Camp

Not openly does this spot serve up some amazing fried fish and chips, but they’re also a family-run establishment with an emphases on meaning and purpose. Check out their inspiring story at their website and get ready for some great service and delicious seafood.


With all of these mouthwatering options (and so many more) available near Golden Valley, your family will have no problem finding a place to dine out during your stay at Jellystone Park™!