Asheville NC Campgrounds

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Asheville NC campgrounds are among the best camping spots in western North Carolina. Asheville is located outside the 520,000-acres of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is planted in the Blue Ridge Mountains like a gem in a golden setting. It’s close to anything campers and vacationers could ever want to experience – rafting, hiking, rock climbing, tubing, bike riding, shopping, and of course, camping river or stream side, fishing, and paddling. You’ll find a lot of the same terrain, great streams, and views the Tennessee side of the park has, and even more things to see or do.

Asheville is a diverse city, home to a variety of backgrounds, interests, and popular destinations. It’s long been a haven for shoppers and sightseers, but not everyone knows it’s really home to some of the most famous outdoor sites in the country, including the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and of course, the Smoky Mountains National Park.

Asheville NC Campgrounds and Appalachian Trail

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McAfee Knob along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
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The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) is a 2,174-mile footpath along the ridge crests and across the major valleys of the Appalachian Mountains. The trail traverses Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. But the trail is not just for “thru hikers.” Thru-hikers hike the entire length of the Trail in one season. The Appalachian Trail is also used by day, weekend and other short-term hikers as well. There are many opportunities for shorter hikes on the AT near Asheville. Any hiker with a permit may camp at designated campgrounds along the AT.

A permit must be obtained before entering the park. There is a self-registration facility at the Fontana Dam visitor center. Forms and a deposit box are also available at the “Fontana Hilton” for north-bounders. South-bounders – you can get a permit at Bluff Mountain Outfitters in Hot Springs, or 1.3 miles east on Tenn. 32 from Davenport Gap at the Big Creek Ranger Station. Section-hikers (considered to be anyone not beginning and ending a hike at least 50 miles outside the park) can make reservations by calling GSMNP Reservations Office at (865) 436-1231. Anyone caught without a permit will be issued a $125 ticket!

Shelter Policy – Park regulations require that you stay in a shelter. While other backpackers must make reservations to use backcountry shelters, thru-hikers are exempt. From Mar. 15 to June 15, four spaces at each AT shelter are reserved for thru-hikers. If the shelter is full, thru-hikers can tent close by. Only thru-hikers are allowed to tent next to shelters, so they are responsible for making room for those who have reservations in the shelters.

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Asheville Glamping

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Asheville, NC 28806

Phone: (828) 450-9745

You only get the address to this private campground when you make a reservation. The owners said people driving through the grounds make it feel like a drive-through zoo. Duh! Of course people want to see what glamping (Glamour + Camping) is all about. Glamping is still camping with some, but not all added amenities. Don’t bring your RV or tent unless you plan to stay in one of the property’s glamping sites.  This property has cows as neighbors, great mountain views, and a view of the property’s pond from most sites. It’s surrounded by horse and cattle farms so neighbors are not close and mostly rolling green hills vs forested. It’s also just a mile up the road from the French Broad River and a mile and a half to the river park and short hiking trails. The drive to downtown from there takes about 18 minutes.

Amenities:

  • Shared rustic bathhouse
  • Firepit – Varies according to which site you stay

Asheville East KOA – Asheville NC Campgrounds

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2708 Highway 70 East

Swannanoa, NC 28778

Reservations: 800-562-5907

Phone: 828-686-3121

This KOA is only 15 minutes away from historic Asheville, the Biltmore House, and a brand new outlet mall. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful weekend in the mountains or a combination sightseeing, shopping and scenic drive, this campground puts you in the middle of it all.  The Blue Ridge Parkway has breathtaking views year round if you prefer to drive. Or you can hike one of the numerous trails to check out the views and even waterfalls. KOA has two lakes if you’d rather swim, fish or tube. The Swannanoa River, winds its way through the middle of the campground, providing an excellent, and easy way to cool off on hot days. Max pull thru: 75 feet.

 Amenities:

  • Hot showers
  • Flush toilets
  • Fire rings
  • Picnic tables
  • Rental cabins
  • Paddle Boats
  • Swimming pool
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Horseshoes
  • Cornhole
  • 50 Amp service
  • WiFi
  • Propane
  • Cable TV
  • Firewood
  • Pavilion

Bear Creek RV Park & Campground – Asheville NC Campgrounds

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81 S. Bear Creek Road

Asheville, NC 28806

Phone: (828) 253-0798

Bear Creek RV Park is open year-round. Of the more than 12,000 parks in the Trailer Life Camping Network, this park placed in the top 300. They offer large, level paved lots with full 30 and 50 amp hookups. They have 25 pull-through sites (25’×60’), big rig sites, and 65 back-in sites (25’×50’). Amenities include hot showers, a laundry, and a seasonal, heated pool. Easy access to I-40, I-240 and I-26. They have a Trailer Life Park Rating of 9.5, a Restroom Rating of 10, and a Scenic Rating of 8.5. They provide complimentary Cable & Wi-Fi. All sites are full hookup, electric, water & sewer.

Amenities:

  • Complimentary cable TV and wireless internet.
  • Clubhouse available for rally group usage at no charge.
  • 10% discount to members of Good Sam Club, AAA, AARP, KOA, & campers who saw us in Woodall’s Trailer Life, or on the Internet
  • All Credit Cards accepted.

Buffalo Creek Vacations – Asheville NC Campgrounds

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226 Bison Run Rd

Clyde, NC 28721

Phone : (828) 435-2976

Email: Cheryl@buffalocreekvacations.net

The buffalo still roam, at least at this property. Sorry, no RVs or tent campers, but the site does have five cabins and two train cars for rent. Buffalo truly do roam on this private 72 acre little piece of heaven.  You can watch the sunrise over the Smoky Mountains or watch the herd of buffalo come in for their morning oats. Located in Clyde, North Carolina, this campground is only 25 miles from Asheville. Popular tourist attractions Maggie Valley and Waynesville are only 12 miles away.  This is the Smoky Mountains at its best. They’re open year round, their rental cabins and yes, their rental train cabooses are pet-friendly. They all have wifi.

Campfire Lodgings – Asheville NC Campgrounds

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116 Appalachian Village Rd

Asheville, NC 28804

Phone: (828) 658-8012

Campfire Lodgings is not your typical something-going-on-every-minute campground. With 17 sites they’re quiet, slow paced, and truly what nature is all about. They’re located on a beautiful, pristine mountain ridge and offer the traditional RV and tent sites as well as yurts, cabins, and a cliff house…all in a natural wooded setting. Nature purists, those looking to relax in nature, and seniors will appreciate the fact there is no video game room, no activities etc., but there are lots of wildflowers, birds, berry brambles, and views. All sites have 20, 30, 50 amps and full hook-up.

Don’t try to sleep in your car there. You must have a tent to tent camp.

Amenities:

  • WiFi at top of the campground
  • Mountaintop or river views from most sites
  • Choice of gravel or concrete slab pads (RV)
  • Showers/bathhouse
  • Flush Toilets
  • Secluded tent sites
  • Fire rings
  • Picnic Tables
  • Close to bathhouse
  • Electric and water available
  • Tent camping must be done in tents.

JuneBug Retro Resort – Asheville NC Campgrounds

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355 Clarks Chapel Road

Weaverville, NC 28787

Phone: (828) 208-1979

If you’re looking for a really fun campground, JuneBug Retro Resort is it. The campground/resort is a 50 acre property located 12 minutes north of downtown Asheville, NC and is home to several restored 1950s campers that can be rented while you’re visiting the area, or just to stay and relax. The property has been meticulously designed to make guests feel like they have been transported back in time. Nestled in a private valley alongside a 1/2 mile of river, there are no modern structures visible. Across the river from the vintage campers, you will find one of the oldest organic farms in western NC and the JuneBug event center.

Junebug is designed to be the ultimate event space for weddings (of up to 300 attendees), family reunions, corporate retreats, or boutique concerts (up to 3,000 attendees). Their fleet of vintage campers has been meticulously restored to maximize camping comfort. Each camper is equipped with air conditioning, a bathroom, refrigerator, hot/cold water etc. If you prefer to stay in your own tent, there are tent camping sites throughout the property that can be utilized for events when all campers have been reserved.

Lake James State Park – Asheville NC Campgrounds

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6883 Nc Hwy 126

Nebo, NC 28761

Phone: (828) 652-5047

Lake James State Park offers a full menu of activities. Along with boating, swimming and fishing in the beautiful, clear waters of the 6,812-acre lake, there are 25 miles of trails, 15 of which are open to mountain biking. Trails vary from the short, educational Holly Discovery Trail with child-friendly activities, to the more adventurous, historic section of the Overmountain Victory Trail. There are three campgrounds. The Catawba River Area has 20 walk-in campsites, many of which offer lake views. The Paddy’s Creek Area has 33 drive-to, family-friendly campsites.

The remote boat-in campground on the Long Arm Peninsula offers a true outdoor adventure for those willing to paddle or steer their canoes, kayaks or powerboats to their own slice of heaven. Boat ramps at Hidden Cove and Canal Bridge on NC 126 are located between the park’s two day-use areas. And, canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals are available at the Paddy’s Creek Area concession stand from May through September.

Lake Powhatan – Asheville NC Campgrounds

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Pisgah Ranger District

1600 Pisgah Highway

Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Phone: (828) 877-3265

Located in the Pisgah National Forest, Lake Powhatan Campground is a wooded site on the banks of Lake Powhatan. That means swimming! There is a swimming lake and beach, but no boats of any kind are allowed on the lake. The campground borders the 6,000 acre Bent Creek Experimental Forest, a haven for bicyclists—for details on biking trails, see Bent Creek Mountain Biking Trails.

Amenities:

  • Hot showers
  • Flush toilets
  • Picnic Tables
  • Tent pads
  • Fire rings

Mama Gerties Campground – Asheville NC Campgrounds

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15 Uphill Rd

Swannanoa, NC 28778

Phone: (828) 686-4258

If the name alone doesn’t catch your eye, the amenities and sites at this campground will. Mama Gertie’s offers full hookup RV sites for motorhomes, trailers, and 5th wheels. And they have wonderfully private sites for pop-ups and tent camping next to their rental cabins. They are located near many popular Asheville tourist destinations, including the Biltmore Estate and the Blue Ridge Parkway. They’re close to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure too. There’s no playground or swimming pool, something some adult campers and those seeking peace and quiet will appreciate.

Amenities:

  • Dump Station
  • Pavilion
  • Private, Roomy, Hot Showers
  • Spotless Restrooms
  • Laundromat
  • Propane Filling Station
  • Exercise Room
  • Hiking Trails
  • Security

Scenic RV Resort – Asheville NC Campgrounds

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45 Scenic Dr.

Asheville, NC 28805                                                              

Phone: (866) 599-7613

With 25 RV sites, this campground has enough spaces to have a last minute opening if you’ve forgotten to make reservations. They’re usually not booked solid outside of holidays. They are small enough to have the peace and quiet so many campers prefer, but not so many sites that it’s noisy or overrun with kids and visitors. They’re not taking reservations online yet, so call them at the number above to make your reservation.  They offer hot showers, flush toilets, are pet friendly, have WiFi, and a swimming pool. There’s a clubhouse if you’re planning for family or group activities.

 

The French Broad River Campground – Asheville NC Campgrounds

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1030 Old Marshall Highway

Asheville, NC 28804

Phone: (828) 658-0772

The French Broad River Campground is located on a spacious 13 acres of land along the French Broad River. Less than 12 minutes north of downtown Asheville, this is still one of the most relaxing campgrounds in the entire Asheville area. Campground sites are located on 2,000 feet of river frontage. Bring your kayaks, rafts and cameras. The campground is easy access, as is the river. If you don’t paddle, you can still enjoy watching those who do float by your campsite. The campground is located near popular hiking trails, horseback riding adventures, golf, and mountain bike trails.

Amenities:

  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Tennis
  • Fishing
  • Tubing
  • Fire rings
  • Electric & Water hookups
  • Septic Hookups
  • Tent Spaces
  • Remote Tent Sites
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cable TV
  • Hot Showers
  • Flush toilets

Wilson’s Riverfront RV Park

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225 Amboy Road

Asheville, NC 28806

Phone: 828-254-4676

Alternate Phone: 1-888-857-9027

Email: wilsonsrvpark@gmail.com

Campers can access both the French Broad River and the French Broad Greenway from this RV park. If your RV is having mechanical difficulties, this is the park to aim for as they are a full-service RV repair facility as well as a campground. Since 1955 Wilson’s Inc. has served Western North Carolina in major and minor repairs to recreational vehicles, specializing in structural and insurance repairs. In addition, Wilson’s offers full service spring repair and U-Bolts made to order for RVs as well as all types of autos and trucks. They have 30 and 50 amp sites, full water/electric/sewer sites, and are part of Passport America, and are right next to the 240 By-pass.

Amenities:

  • Concrete RV slabs
  • Free WI FI (password protected)
  • Cable available (digital box required, available in office with deposit)
  • Riverfront sites
  • Bike path and greenway
  • Tent sites
  • Bath house
  • Nearby local attractions
  • Convenient interstate access
  • Propane Filling Station

Mountain Discovery Pass

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If you’re going to be camping, sightseeing, exploring, and shopping in and around Asheville, NC, consider buying a Mountain Discovery Pass and save up to $175 on tickets, passes, and admissions in the Asheville area. This includes admissions to the Biltmore Estates, skiing, Zip Lining, and rafting.

Things to See When Visiting Asheville NC Campgrounds

Biltmore Estate

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The Biltmore House, or “Biltmore Estates,” as it’s also referred to, is probably the most famous destination in Asheville, NC. Biltmore House, the main residence on the estate, is a Châteauesque-style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895. It is the largest privately owned house in the United States, situated on 8,000 acres of historic grounds and gardens. Still owned by George Vanderbilt’s descendants, it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age—which was essentially a time of rapid economic growth at the time.

There is no best time of year to tour. Each season, from spring, to winter, brings some festival or event to see. There is a restaurant, vineyard, winery, shopping, and hotel on site. Yes, you can actually stay at the Biltmore House. However, the most popular time of year to see the Biltmore Estates is during the Christmas season as the estate goes insanely overboard on decorations, food, drink, and well, Christmas. It’s a fantastic experience with lots of decorations, lights, Christmas carolers and of course, food.

There are vineyards to tour, wine to sample, and the Biltmore’s own winery to enjoy. Plan on spending at least a day, if not several days to see it all.

The Montford Park Players

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Montford Community Center Complex

92 Gay Street

Asheville, NC

Phone: (828) 254-5146

The Montford Park Players is North Carolina’s longest running Shakespearean festival. And it all takes place outdoors – as it often did in Shakespeare’s time. The Montford Park Players are also a  501 (c)(3) registered non-profit which performs Shakespeare and other classic plays during summer months at the outdoor Hazel Robinson Amphitheater. These performances are free to the public, but donations are requested to keep the theatre running. They pass the hat at intermission, so give generously. In the winter months, they perform various works at the theatre in the Asheville Masonic Temple on Broadway downtown, and those productions are also free, with donations gratefully accepted. The plays rotate, but their current offerings are:

  • Hamlet
  • Peter Pan
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Robin Hood
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • The Importance of Being Earnest

Breweries in Asheville, NC

There are more than a dozen breweries in and around Asheville. Sampling locally brewed and bottled beer, and enjoying a good meal with it is a popular pastime in the South and  in Asheville — especially among campers, hikers, bikers, and paddlers. If you love a good beer, and you love to camp, Asheville, NC is the place to enjoy both.

Catawba Brewing Company http://catawbabrewingco.com/

32 Banks Ave

Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: (828) 552-3934

 

Green Man Brewery http://www.greenmanbrewery.com/

27 Buxton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 252-5502

 

Twin Leaf Brewery http://www.twinleafbrewery.com/
144 Coxe Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: None Listed

 

French Broad River Brewery http://www.frenchbroadbrewery.com/

101 Fairview Rd # D

Asheville, NC 28803

Phone: (828) 277-0222

 

New Belgium Brewing Co. http://www.newbelgium.com/Brewery/asheville

21 Craven St.

Asheville, North Carolina

Phone: (888) 598-9552 / (828) 333-6900

 

Bhramari Brewing Company http://www.bhramaribrewing.com/

101 S Lexington Ave

Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: (828) 214-7981

 

Wicked Weed Brewery https://www.wickedweedbrewing.com/

91 Biltmore Ave.

Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: (828) 575-9599

Email: info@wickedweedbrewing.com