Bear Den Mountain Resort, Your Base Camp for Mountain Adventure
Nestled in the Pisgah National Forest adjoining the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 324.8, near Spruce Pine, NC.
Bear Den Mountain Resort guests love our spacious campsites with plenty of trees, our lake/beach for swimming and catch and release fishing (no license required). For hikers, we have over 13 miles of trails for you to explore, two with waterfalls.
Let the kids bring their bicycles to Bear Den. We also have basketball, volleyball, table tennis, shuffleboard, horse shoe pits, playgrounds and a game room with pool tables, air hockey and arcade games. Never a dull day at Bear Den Campground and everything for your enjoyment right here.
We have cable TV and WiFi in our Creekside, fully-furnished cabins and free WiFi hotspots at 3 locations throughout the resort. Bear Den's Trading Post has ice, drinks, firewood, souvenirs as well as some food items for your camping needs. We also carry a variety of gear for your camping needs.
Great campground with plenty of sites. This campground is nestled off the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are no signs per Federal Law, so pay attention to the milepost markers! A small pond divides the campground. There is a nice hiking trail up the mountain. Several cabins as well and plenty of bathhouses and a small camp store!
We have been here several times and love this campground. Tent sites are well spaced out. It is quiet. Bathrooms are nice and clean. Office staff is wonderful. The trails at the campground are beautiful. We love being right on the blue ridge parkway.
Campground has all the amenities you could want. It has a small lake on property to fish or swim. Has a pretty good market for the things you might have forgot. They have firewood and ice to purchase. The campsites are good size. Playground on site for the kids. Shower house was clean but not very big.
Bear den was a perfect location for the Blue ridge parkway. We stayed at a two cabin lot that had a hot tub. Bear den has everything from RV camp sites to a game room. There are private cabins a short walk from the camp sites. Lots of hiking trails, a fishing pond and a real bear den on site off one of the waterfall trails. The closest large city is Marion, but there are plenty of towns close by. The turn into the privately owned campground is off the Blue ridge parkway and there are multiple waterfalls, rivers, and viewpoints within 15 miles. A must see and stay!!
We stayed at site 4 and had a nice view of the pond with perfect weather in July. The campsite was flat, shaded and distanced well enough from our neighbors for privacy but still an easy walk to the bathhouse or camp store for extra firewood or ice. I have an older dog and the Bear Paw trail was perfect for him to still get a hike in and for me to see some waterfalls. He even got to make some friends with the kids who were swimming in the pond. We also took a short drive over to Price Lake and rented a canoe which is great if you want to add in another quick adventure and bring a picnic to have near by (it’s a small lake and you cannot swim in it). Overall a nice relaxing weekend.
Our camp spot was a little small but they do have bigger options available. We loved the lake area and enjoyed fishing there. The location on the Blue Ridge Parkway was beautiful and very secluded. The bathhouse was spotless everytime I went to shower. It also smelled freshly clean and always had plenty of hot water (not always the case when camping). The camp store employees were super friendly and helpful. We will go back again but will book a bigger spot to have more privacy.
This campground was well laid out. None of the sites were on top of each other, and every site was very lush with greenery.
We had a lot of rain while there, however we made the best of it and the kids loved it!
Bathhouse was clean and had showers.
Several options for kids to enjoy the property with a game room and fishing lake.
Very clean, great place for families, close to many lookouts, waterfalls, and hikes.
This was our first time at Bear Den Campground. The sites were well laid out and semi-private, close together but there were trees and shrubs that helped to form a natural separation between many of the sites. There was power and water at the tent camping sites, a nice touch, and every site had a fire pit and picnic table. If you want to cook, you need to bring your own grill or a grate to put over the fire pit - we came prepared with a grill and camp stove.
We visited during Memorial Day weekend, and it seemed as though the campground wasn't prepared for the holiday weekend crowd. The store was very low on some basic items at the beginning of the weekend and ran out of those items quickly. The bathrooms were not kept well stocked or clean. The men's room nearest our site ran out of soap sometime on Saturday, and it wasn't replenished until Monday late morning, according to my husband. The ladies room experienced toilets not working well, and at least one eventually overflowed according to one of our fellow campers. They did have ice for the whole weekend, and the firewood that we purchased here was superior to a lot of other wood we have bought camping, a bundle would actually last a whole night - the pieces were larger and more dense than normal.
There are a lot of amenities geared towards children - there is an arcade, but the games that had the prizes that could be retrieved by a grapple hook were nearly empty early in the weekend, and were not replenished. The pool and air hockey tables have definitely seen better days, but with the size of the campground, they likely see a lot of use. The pond was separated into two sections, one half for fishing and the other for swimming, and both areas stayed busy. I also saw a basketball court, and cornhole boards. There was a great bluegrass band on Sunday afternoon, and a food truck to provide an easy, fast meal if you didn't feel like cooking.
This campground is great for families with kids. We had cell service, which is unusual in many areas we camp in. The campground also offers cabins and RV sites, which we did not take advantage of. Overall, it was a good experience, but if you are looking for peace and solitude when you camp you should look at a smaller campground.
we absolutely love this place. great hiking to the waterfall!