Developed Campgrounds

Most sites at these four developed campgrounds are first-come, first-served; however, you can make reservations (with a service fee) at all campgrounds, except Sunburst, by calling toll free 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777) or by visiting

Davidson River
Open all year. Offers 161 sites, some can be reserved, and some have electricity. Trails accessible from campground. Numerous sites on river. Fishing. Showers. Flush toilets. Dump station. Firewood available. Operated by Cradle of Forestry in America, Campground Division (see

Lake Powhatan
Open early March to mid-November. Near to Asheville and adjoining Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a popular site for hiking and mountain biking. Swimming. Beach access. Fishing from pier. Showers. Flush toilets. Dump station. Firewood and ice available. Some sites have full hookups. Operated by Cradle of Forestry in America, Campground Division (see

North Mills River
Open year-round. Offers 28 sites. Some sites on river. Fishing. Adjacent large picnic area Day-use fee. Flush toilets (vault toilets in winter). Showers (not in winter). Dump station. No water or reservations available in winter.

Open April – October. Offers 10 sites. Fishing. Adjacent small picnic area. Day-use fee. Flush Toilets. No showers. No dump station.

Wolf Ford
Open year-round. Offers 13 sites. First-come, first-served. Vault toilets. Allows equestrian campers and regular campers. Seasonal road closures may be in effect.
Roadside Camping

Roadside Camping

Roadside camping is allowed only on gravel roads where designated by a camping sign. First-come, first-served. Leave-no-trace rules apply.

Primitive Camping

Primitive camping is allowed at least ¼ mile away from any road or parking area open to public vehicle travel and outside of any developed recreation sites. Leave-no-trace rules apply.

Group Camping Areas

Group camping areas are by reservation only, year-round. Call 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777) or visit All have water pumps and vault toilets. Campfires are permitted in designated fire rings only.

White Pines: Two walk-in areas, both on creek via footbridges. Maximum group size is 30 people per area.

Kuykendall: Vehicles cross creek to camping area; be cautious in high water. Maximum group size is 60 people.

Cove Creek: Vehicles cross creek to two areas; be cautious in high water. Max group size is 60 people per area.

Wash Creek: Area designed for equestrian use; maximum group size 30 people. Seasonal road closures may be in effect.

Picnic Areas

Sycamore Flats: 40 picnic tables and a picnic shelter, which is available for reservation at 877-444-6777 or Fishing and access to Davidson River.

Pink Beds: 21 tables and 2 picnic shelters, one of which is reservable at 877-444-6777 or Trails and open grassy area for enjoyment.

Coontree: 10 tables. Fishing platform. Davidson river access.