Even though we live at 2500’ in the Smoky Mountains, the temps this summer have been brutal. We decided to escape the heat and head for one of the “cooler” campgrounds in western North Carolina for a weekend. Mt Pisgah Campground is at an elevation of roughly 5300’. When we arrived at 2:00 the temperature was a wonderful 72. There were only 3 sites left and we ended up with an RV site which was ok since we took our van which we sometimes sleep in. There are 3 loops and each loop is designated for either tent, tent or van, or RV. There are no hookups. Hikers can leave from the campground on the Mt. Pisgah Trail which will take you to the summit in approximately 5 miles. Across the street from the campground is the Mt Pisgah Inn and Restaurant as well as a small camp store. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the campground sites are available through reservations with a number of sites available on a first come, first serve basis as well. RV sites are small and on top of each other. Tent sites are laid out with some more private than others. The campground is a great place to base out of for day hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway or a really nice quiet place to sit around, read a book and enjoy nature’s air conditioning.
Older campground and some of the sites and amenities show that age. But the sites are generally spaced well and people using it seem to all value quiet. Hike and bike is challenging. But the small Looking Glass River and the Davidson are near by for fine “technical” fly fishing. And the West Fork is down the other side of the Parkway.
The campsite was a short hike to the lodge which had two stores and a restaurant. The view from the lodge was magnificent but the campsite is tucked away in a wooded site. It was relatively private and quiet.
Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway this campground is built among the rhododendron thickets. Sites are very private. The elevation is high so expect cool temperatures in the hot summer months. It’s also not terribly unusual to be fogged in on Mt. Pisgah. The restrooms do have showers which is fairly unusual in national park campgrounds. The restrooms could use some cosmetic upgrades but they are adequate. This is also bear country so keep your campsite clean and store food in your vehicle. It is typically a very quiet campground.