Top Cabin Camping near Balsam, NC

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Best Cabin Camping Sites Near Balsam, NC (183)

    Camper-submitted photo from Davidson River Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Davidson River Campground
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    1.

    Davidson River Campground

    79 Reviews
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    771 Saves
    Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

    Overview

    Davidson River Recreation Area offers camping and outdoor activities for the whole family. The campground boasts several loops of shaded campsites, as well as access to hiking trails, fishing spots, waterfalls and several nearby attractions within Pisgah National Forest. It lies just four miles west of the town of Brevard and less than an hour from the city of Asheville. The facility is open year-round. Learn more here to prepare for your trip.__

    Recreation

    The forest is known for its hiking trails, several of which are near the campground. Hikers can challenge themselves with the 12.3-mile Art Loeb Trail, the 3.7-mile North Slope Trail or a 1.5-mile walking trail. The Davidson River offers excellent trout fishing, plus tubing and swimming, which are kid-friendly favorite activities. Visitors wishing to learn more about the area can attend educational programs in summer and fall.

    Facilities

    The forest is known for its hiking trails, several of which are near the campground. Hikers can challenge themselves with the 12.3-mile Art Loeb Trail, the 3.7-mile North Slope Trail or a 1.5-mile walking trail. The Davidson River offers excellent trout fishing, plus tubing and swimming, which are kid-friendly favorite activities. Visitors wishing to learn more about the area can attend educational programs in summer and fall.

    Natural Features

    The campground is located in Pisgah National Forest at an elevation of 2,150 feet. The surrounding land boasts mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls and slopes thickly forested with hardwoods and conifers. The group camping area is adjacent to the beautiful Davidson River.

    Nearby Attractions

    Several natural and cultural attractions are within close proximity to the campground. Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway are among the more popular sites. The small town of Brevard offers various amenities and services, and visitors can take a trip to Asheville to visit art galleries, shops and restaurants.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (828) 577-4558.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Any cancellations must be taken care of directly with recreation.gov. Note that this facility does not provide refunds for No Shows or incliment weather.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Elkmont Campground — Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elkmont Campground — Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elkmont Campground — Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elkmont Campground — Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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    Elkmont Campground — Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    119 Reviews
    473 Photos
    990 Saves
    Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Overview

    Located eight miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Elkmont Campground is the largest and busiest campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At an elevation of 2,150 feet, the area enjoys a moderate climate, characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers.

    Recreation

    The Little River runs through the campground offering visitors the option to camp waterfront. Campers can enjoy high-quality backcountry fishing in the cool waters of the Little River and countless other streams and rivers that snake through the mountains. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise, with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short, leg-stretchers to strenuous treks, with a number of those trails easily accessible from Elkmont Campground. The nearby and popular Laurel Falls Trail leads to a spectacular 80-ft. waterfall. Hiking and fishing are not the only reasons for visiting the Smokies: Picnicking, wildlife viewing and auto touring are popular activities. With around 1,500 bears living in the park, it's not uncommon for visitors to spot one. From the big animals like bears, deer, and elk, down to microscopic organisms, the Smokies are the most biologically-diverse area in the world's temperate zone. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy. The park also holds one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States. Over 90 historic structures, including houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools and grist mills have been preserved or rehabilitated in the park.

    Facilities

    The Little River runs through the campground offering visitors the option to camp waterfront. Campers can enjoy high-quality backcountry fishing in the cool waters of the Little River and countless other streams and rivers that snake through the mountains. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise, with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short, leg-stretchers to strenuous treks, with a number of those trails easily accessible from Elkmont Campground. The nearby and popular Laurel Falls Trail leads to a spectacular 80-ft. waterfall. Hiking and fishing are not the only reasons for visiting the Smokies: Picnicking, wildlife viewing and auto touring are popular activities. With around 1,500 bears living in the park, it's not uncommon for visitors to spot one. From the big animals like bears, deer, and elk, down to microscopic organisms, the Smokies are the most biologically-diverse area in the world's temperate zone. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy. The park also holds one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States. Over 90 historic structures, including houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools and grist mills have been preserved or rehabilitated in the park.

    Natural Features

    Generations of campers have returned to Elkmont year after year, drawn by the sounds of the river, the tranquility of the forest, and the variety of recreational activities in the Elkmont area. Little River and Jakes Creek run through the campground, offering easy access for fishing or cool summertime splashing. Trailheads for Little River Trail, Jakes Creek Trail, and Elkmont Nature Trail are located adjacent to the campground. Historic remnants of Little River Lumber Company's logging camp and old buildings from the Elkmont resort community offer campers a glimpse of life at Elkmont nearly a century ago.

    Nearby Attractions

    Gatlinburg, one of the Smokies' most famous tourist towns, is located about nine miles from Elkmont and offers organized rafting trips, museums, restaurants, galleries, an aquarium, skiing and more.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Powhatan Campground
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    Lake Powhatan Campground

    60 Reviews
    188 Photos
    848 Saves
    Enka, North Carolina

    Overview

    Located just minutes from the popular city of Asheville, North Carolina, Lake Powhatan Glamping is the perfect, all inclusive getaway. The campground is convenient to a variety of cultural and natural attractions, including art and music venues, shopping, breweries, restaurants, and scenic drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Onsite you'll enjoy numerous hiking and biking trails as well as lakeside recreational opportunities. Learn more to prepare for your trip HERE .__ The custom designed glamping sites are brand new at Lake Powhatan! Choose one of 12 fully furnished canvas platform tents in the heart of the national forest for your next mountain adventure. Experience nature and outdoor recreation without sacrificing the comforts and luxuries of home. Learn more about glamping near Asheville .

    Recreation

    Visitors have a number of different activities to choose from. Kids love the lake's sandy swimming beach and anglers enjoy the calm waters for trout fishing. The French Broad River, popular for fishing, wading and tubing is also nearby. The use of personal watercraft in the lake is STRICTLY PROHIBITED due to potential introduction of foreign material to the Lake Powhatan riprarian ecosystem.__ The forest is known for its hiking and mountain biking trails (44 miles of them!), several of which are located near the campground.__

    Facilities

    Visitors have a number of different activities to choose from. Kids love the lake's sandy swimming beach and anglers enjoy the calm waters for trout fishing. The French Broad River, popular for fishing, wading and tubing is also nearby. The use of personal watercraft in the lake is STRICTLY PROHIBITED due to potential introduction of foreign material to the Lake Powhatan riprarian ecosystem.__ The forest is known for its hiking and mountain biking trails (44 miles of them!), several of which are located near the campground.__

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated in a heavily wooded area on the banks of Lake Powhatan in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. The elevation is 2,200 feet. The surrounding land boasts mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls and slopes thickly forested with hardwoods and conifers.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (828) 577-7278.

    Nearby Attractions

    Among the more popular nearby destinations are Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, The NC Arboretum and the Biltmore Estate.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $100 - $130 / night

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    Greenbrier Campground

    69 Reviews
    222 Photos
    655 Saves
    Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Greenbrier Campground TN is surrounded by the Little Pigeon River and offer RV sites, tent camping, RV rentals, cabins, and bell tents. Located only 6 miles from downtown Gatlinburg and 8 miles from the entrance to the GSMNP, we are convenient to all area attractions.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 - $258 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Indian Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Indian Creek Campground
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    Indian Creek Campground

    24 Reviews
    73 Photos
    480 Saves
    Cherokee, North Carolina

    Welcome to Indian Creek Campground, nestled near Cherokee, NC. This place is a real treat for anyone looking to unwind in nature. The campground is open from March to October 31, so you've got plenty of time to plan your visit.

    One of the standout features here is the creek that winds its way through the campground. Many of the campsites are right along the water, offering a soothing soundtrack of flowing water to lull you to sleep. If you're into fishing, you can even cast a line right from your campsite with a Reservation Fishing permit.

    The campground offers a mix of tent, RV, cabin, and glamping accommodations, so there's something for everyone. The sites are well-maintained, with amenities like electric and water hookups, showers, and clean bathrooms. There's also a well-stocked camp store that has everything you might need, from firewood to citronella candles to keep those pesky no-see-ums at bay.

    Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. Just make sure to keep them on a leash and clean up after them. Fires are allowed, and you can buy kiln-dried wood at the store, which they'll even deliver to your site.

    For those who love a bit of adventure, the nearby Mingo Falls is a must-see. It's a short hike, but the view of the waterfall is absolutely worth it. And if you're into tubing, Smokey Mountain Tubing in Cherokee is a great way to spend a day.

    Visitors have praised the friendly and helpful staff, the peaceful atmosphere, and the beautiful, secluded sites. Whether you're here for a weekend getaway or a longer stay, Indian Creek Campground offers a perfect escape into nature.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $26 - $37 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cades Cove Campground
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    Cades Cove Campground

    93 Reviews
    529 Photos
    586 Saves
    Townsend, Tennessee

    Cades Cove Campground, located near Townsend, TN, is a fantastic spot for those looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Open from March 11 to October 31, this campground offers a range of accommodations including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, and even glamping options.

    One of the standout features here is the proximity to the Cades Cove Loop, a scenic drive that’s a hit with visitors. You can expect to see plenty of wildlife, including turkeys, bears, and coyotes. The campground itself is pretty quiet, especially at night, making it a great place to hear the sounds of nature.

    The campground has flush toilets, potable water at the toilet facilities, and a sanitary dump station. While there are no showers or sewer hookups, the convenience of having a camp store on-site makes up for it. You can grab essentials like firewood and ice without having to leave the campground.

    For those who love biking, the campground offers bike rentals, and the loop is perfect for a leisurely ride. If hiking is more your speed, there are plenty of trails nearby to explore. Just be aware that cell service is spotty, so it’s a good idea to bring a book or download some shows ahead of time.

    Visitors have mentioned that the sites are a bit close together, but the overall experience of being so close to nature more than makes up for it. Whether you’re here for a weekend getaway or a longer stay, Cades Cove Campground provides a great base for exploring the Smokies.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cherokee-Great Smokies KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Cherokee-Great Smokies KOA
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    Cherokee-Great Smokies KOA

    25 Reviews
    128 Photos
    123 Saves
    Cherokee, North Carolina

    Welcome to Cherokee-Great Smokies KOA, nestled near the charming town of Cherokee, NC. This spot is a gem for anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors with a touch of comfort. Open all year round, it offers a mix of tent, RV, cabin, glamping, and yurt accommodations, making it a versatile choice for all kinds of campers.

    One of the standout features here is the on-site trout ponds, perfect for fishing enthusiasts. With a tribal fishing license, you can try your luck at catching rainbow, golden, and brown trout. The surrounding rivers and streams are part of one of the largest managed private fisheries in the Eastern US, so you're in for a treat.

    Families will love the amenities designed to keep everyone entertained. There are several playgrounds, a splash zone, and even oversized lawn games. The new swimming pool with a spa is a hit, providing a great way to relax after a day of exploring. If you're bringing your furry friends, you'll be pleased to know that pets are welcome.

    For those who enjoy a bit of adventure, the campground is conveniently located for day trips to local attractions like Mingo Falls, Harrah's Casino, and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Asheville and the Biltmore Estate are just a little over an hour away, making for a perfect day trip.

    The campground also features a well-stocked camp store, electric hookups, showers, and toilets. Some visitors have noted that the tent sites are next to a busy road but are mostly level. The RV sites are spacious, with full hookups and enough room to park your towed vehicle.

    Whether you're here for the fishing, the family-friendly amenities, or the proximity to local attractions, Cherokee-Great Smokies KOA offers a comfortable and convenient base for your adventures.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Devils Fork State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Devils Fork State Park Campground
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    Devils Fork State Park Campground

    47 Reviews
    221 Photos
    690 Saves
    Tamassee, South Carolina

    Welcome to Devils Fork State Park Campground, nestled near Salem, SC. This place is a gem for anyone looking to escape into nature. The campground sits right by the stunning Lake Jocassee, offering some of the most picturesque views you'll find in the area. Whether you're pitching a tent, parking your RV, or staying in a cabin, you're in for a treat.

    One of the standout features here is the access to Lake Jocassee. Visitors rave about the crystal-clear waters and the fun activities available, especially if you have a boat. If you don't, no worries—you can rent one and explore the lake's hidden waterfalls and secluded coves. It's not crowded, so you can enjoy some peace and quiet while you’re out on the water.

    The campground itself is well-equipped. You'll find clean bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets, which is always a plus. There are also electric and water hookups for RVs, making it a convenient spot for longer stays. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    For those who love a good hike, there’s the Oconee Bell Trail, a cute little hike that’s well-maintained. If you’re into picnicking, there are plenty of picnic tables scattered around. And let’s not forget the playground for the kids—perfect for keeping them entertained.

    Overall, Devils Fork State Park Campground offers a fantastic mix of natural beauty and modern amenities. Whether you're here for the boating, the hiking, or just to relax by the lake, you’re bound to have a memorable stay.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Table Rock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Table Rock State Park Campground
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    Table Rock State Park Campground

    53 Reviews
    245 Photos
    413 Saves
    Sunset, South Carolina

    Table Rock State Park is known for being a perfect glimpse into the scenic bliss that South Carolina's Highway 11 is known for. Most prominent to the park is the towering mountain Table Rock, where the park earns its name. This also serves as a backdrop for the 3,000 acre park, and its numerous camping facilities. Below this section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, visitors can enjoy Table Rock State Park's cabins and campground, as well as lakes and various hiking trails located within.

    The Table Rock State Park hiking trails weave through mountain streams, babbling brooks, and rushing waterfalls to the tops of Pinnacle and Table Rock mountains. The views here showcase the entirety of the region, and shouldn’t be skipped if you’re planning on visiting. That said, while the park is well known for its natural features, Table Rock also has its place in history.

    For example, the park’s hiking trails host the access point for the 80-mile Foothills Trail, one of the most famous in the Midwest. Hikers often use this trail to travel through the extensive network of SC state parks. These trails date all the way back to the Pioneers who would use them as trade routes and for homesteading. In fact, many of the Table Rock State Park cabins and other structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps remain standing and are on the National Register of Historic Places.

    This park is unique in that it is one of only 16 South Carolina state parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Moreover, there is even a historic CCC-built Lodge available for weddings, receptions, meetings and other special occasions. Additionally, the park features 2 park lakes: the 36-acre Pinnacle Lake and the 67-acre Lake Oolenoy.

    94 standard campsites for tent or RV camping, plus 14 renovated cabins provide ample accommodation to visitors. Aside from the larger lakes, there is also an old-fashioned swimming hole complete with a high-dive that is open during the summer season. Take your family out and use one of the 4 picnic shelters available to rent for group gatherings, for a day of fun, music, and recreation. And for those wanting an event to check out, the Music on the Mountain bluegrass jam takes place each month at the Table Rock Lodge–perfect for anyone wanting to escape the outdoors for a minute.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
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    Asheville West KOA

    24 Reviews
    62 Photos
    120 Saves
    Candler, North Carolina

    Welcome to Appalachia ! Come camp with us and enjoy the best of Blue Ridge Mountains camping! Our family-run Asheville West KOA offers great accommodations for everyone from tenters to RVers. Our tent sites are beautifully wooded, and our "Big Rig" friendly 50 and 30 amp pull-through sites are large, level, and have cable TV and FREE WI-FI ! Don't have an RV, or tent camping is not for you? No problem! You can "rough it" in comfort, staying in one of our cozy cabins or lodges.

    Relax with us and wake to the chirping of a variety of birds, you'll enjoy their song throughout the day. Enjoy scenic North Carolina hiking on one of our wonderful nature trails , easily accessed from any of our camp sites or take a relaxing hike on a number of picture perfect trails on the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway and beyond. The options are endless. You'll enjoy surrounding yourself in the beauty of trees, flowers and wildlife. We are not far away from beautiful waterfalls as well! Come see what the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer.

    Children of all ages will love the pool, game room and themed weekend events. Our campground is not far from all the fun and excitement of downtown Asheville, white water rafting, gem mines, the Biltmore Estate , Pisgah National Forest , Chimney Rock, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park , Grandfather Mountain and many, many other attractions. Plan on camping an extra day or two- there's so much to see and do! Do you have a motorcycle? We have tons of beautiful rides to send you on! Do you need more suggestions of things to do in our area? We got you covered!

    Come and see us! Our KOA is family-owned and family-oriented. We hope to see you soon!

    The Asheville West KOA is "Going Green!" Look for the recycle barrels behind the office and next to the comfort station on the back loop.

    Theme Weekends - Crafts, crazy games, tournaments, t-shirt decorating, water balloon launching and more! Fun for kids of all ages. Visit our events calendar for more information on these great weekends!

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