Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Sites
Fires Unknown
Pets Unknown
Water Unknown
About Ammons Branch Campground

Dispersed camping along Bull Pen Road. Four dispersed sites are available with picnic tables and lantern hangers. A pit toilet is available. Please pack in and pack out.

USDA Forest Service
Drive In
Walk In
No ADA Access
Alcohol Allowed
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Ammons Branch Campground is located in North Carolina
35.022 N
-83.1456 W
Get Directions
From Highlands, NC, follow Main Stret east out of town about 4.5 miles through Horse Cove road. When pavement ends, bear right on Bull Pen Road and travel approximately 1.5 miles.
1 Review of Ammons Branch Campground
First to Review
National Forest Campground with Solitude Close to Magnificent Waterfalls

To get to this campground, you have to travel curvy, mountain roads. It is not a campground for large RVs. It is better suited for tents or small RVs. Once you get on Bull Pen Road, which is a national forest road, you have to drive about 1.2 miles on gravel. Although the road is in good shape for a gravel road, the short campground approach road is a bit rougher. There are only four sites available, but there are tent pads, lantern poles, and fire rings. I was also pleasantly surprised that there is a pit toilet at the campground, which is unusual for a dispersed camping area. The toilet was clean and actually didn’t smell as bad as you would think. It may be because it is winter, and not too many campers stay at this campground during this time of year. We were the only ones at the campground this time. The only fault I have with the campsites are that the tent pads are very small. We had an 8’ x 10’ tent, and it could not completely fit onto the tent pad. However, the site we were on wasn’t too bad because the back of the tent pad was almost level with the pad itself. I chose this particular site for two reasons: 1) there was firewood at this tent site, and 2) it was close to the pit toilet. That is important because our two young grandchildren were with us. At night, it is quiet, especially since there was no one else there, but also because it is miles from the nearest town. The only sounds this time of year are the sounds of Ammons Branch and the wind. I do not recommend staying there in the winter unless you are ready for cold nights. Fortunately, a down sleeping bag is my best friend when camping in the winter. Overall, I liked this campground because of the wilderness solitude, although during the summer, that may not be the case when others are camping there. However, it is a remote campground close to some magnificent waterfalls and lots of trails.