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Beautiful campground

This is a nice campground with sites decently spread out.  One drawback is that from the campground there is no easy access to the lake- you can either drive and park (and hope to find parking) or walk on a busy road .  The lake is lovely, though, we rented a paddleboard and had a wonderful time.

Site 13 was a lovely site with a HUGE area to camp in.  We had two cars, a travel trailer and a tent and had plenty of space.

Accessible, clean, great privacy

We picked this campground due to it's close proximity to downtown Asheville since it was at the end of a week long camping trip. It was the perfect location to go to the brewery district for a couple of hours in the evening (10-15 minutes away). That being said, it felt like you were far from an urban city. The "hard times loop" sits on a hill but the sites are well graded and leveled. The only downfall is they are filled with large gravel which can be uncomfortable if you don't have a thick sleeping pad. The spacing between sites and amount of trees/scrubs is perfect. Bathrooms are clean and well maintained. Staff were friendly. Wish we would have had more time to explore the park!

Great Location for family and hikes!

Beautiful campground! Right by the river, which makes for wonderful sleeping at night. There is a swimming hole and a fishing hole, both well-maintained. Campground hosts were very nice. Lots of trees for some cool coverage from the sun. About a 30 minute drive from Mount Mitchell, and it's a beautiful drive on the parkway. Knocked a star because the campground hosts got a little too excited cleaning out campsites and scooped up all of our firewood and cleaned out the fire pit, even when we had already paid for our spot for Sunday night and had our tent up. It's tough to get a spot as first come first serve on the weekends, so be aware. Bathrooms and showers are kinda gross, but it is what it is and that wasn't a huge deal for us. If you like looking for wildflowers, soooo many pretty ones blooming in early May. Check the photos for all the ones we found on the campground!

Awesome water front rv site

We started our season out with this trip and had a blast. This was one of the best rv parks we have stayed at. We had a park that backed up to the big lake and had neighbors at both neighboring sites, we still had plenty of room. The people running the park were super friendly and took great pride in the park. We had firewood delivered to our site twice and they were very happy to do so. Big playground for our little girl and she had a blast. We will be returning soon.

Secluded Campground w/ Lots of Trails!

Decided to stay at this campground after reading the other reviews and it did not disappoint. We stayed in site 50 in the Lakeside Loop - it had more privacy than a lot of the other sites, and was right next to a trail leading down to the Homestead trail that goes around the lake. The facilities included single person bathrooms and showers and were very clean! We only briefly spoke with the people working the entrance station, but they were friendly and helpful. They do take credit cards for firewood purchases, which was super helpful.

Even though the campground seemed mostly full while we were there, we only ever heard the people at the campsites closest to us, and even then only occasionally. 

We used this campground as a base camp for checking out the trails within walking distance of our campsite, as well as few others on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Very close to Asheville if you need to go into town for anything, but felt very secluded and away from the city. We did not have any Verizon cell service while at the campground.

Beautiful mountain campground

The staff here is friendly and attentive. They do an excellent job cleaning the bathrooms/showers and maintaining the trails and roads. Upon arrival, a staff member escorted us to our campsite and offered to help us back our tiny teardrop into the site. Sweet. The site we had was fairly level and the hookups were great. The property is very pretty with a small fish pond and a waterfall near the entrance. It's a family atmosphere with lots of things for the kids to do such as a game room, playgrounds, basketball, fishing in the little pond, and trails to hike. Even though they were nearly fully booked, it was very quiet at night. There is a large Walmart not too far away in case you forget anything  (we did), and there is also a small store on site. 

The only negative is that the sites are very close together. Our picnic table sat right next to our neighbor's large black sewer pipe. Next time we'll bring a screen of some sort.  We had a great time though, and we would definitely stay there again.

Simple yet beautiful

We love this campground and try to visit twice a year. Large tent pads, we were able to Tetris three tents on ours (see photo below) Beautiful landscape, great hikes nearby, friendly campground hosts, clean bathrooms, and elk. The elk walked through our campsite one morning. It was amazing.

Dispersed Camping Spot

Pull in spot on the corner of the forest road near a creek. Space for one vehicle. Not compatible with big rigs or travel trailers.

Minimalist and quiet

Cosby is a less-well-known campground in SMNP. Most of the sites are tent-only, with a few, like ours, for trailers and no tent pad. The campground is laid out on a mountain slope, so the loops switchback up the hill. Even though you can see your neighbors, the varied terrain and trees help give some privacy. Our family loved the nearby 1 mile nature loop that followed a beautiful creek through tulip poplar groves. The bathrooms were tended nightly by rangers and stayed fairly clean, though no hot water or showers. We loved that the campground stayed fairly quiet so we could really enjoy being in nature. Our site was within easy distance of the toilet facility and dish washing station. We could see our neighbors left to right, but the loop above the hill from us was mostly blocked from view by a line of trees.

Blue Valley Dispersed Camping

Wonderful area to camp, sounds of moving water all around. We will definitely be back!