Places to Camp near Penrose, NC

Penrose, NC is a great camping destination for adventurers of all types. There are tons of hikes and other fun activities to partake in. Experience some of the most stunning views that North Carolina camping has to offer. You're sure to find the perfect campground for your Penrose camping trip.

Best Camping Sites Near Penrose, NC (447)

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    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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    $35 / night

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    Lake Powhatan Campground

    60 Reviews
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    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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    $100 - $130 / night

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    Table Rock State Park Campground

    53 Reviews
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    412 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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    Mount Pisgah Campground

    40 Reviews
    93 Photos
    547 Saves
    Mills River, North Carolina

    Overview

    One of the most popular of the Parkway's campgrounds, Mount Pisgah Campground is perched in the rolling mountains of western North Carolina on the southernmost end of the famous Blue Ridge Parkway. Surrounded by dense hardwood forests at an elevation of 4980 feet, it offers shady, cool respite from the summer heat. Whichever end of the day appeals, spectacular sunrise and sunset panoramic views can be enjoyed from nearby overlooks. Several popular hiking trails, ranging from moderate to strenuous, are accessible from the campground. Drenched in history, this area was once part of the holdings of George Vanderbilt and the site of his hunting camp house, Buck Springs (no longer standing), is close by.

    Recreation

    Several popular hiking trails, ranging from moderate to difficult, are easily accessible from the campground. The Frying Pan Trail leads adventurers 1.6 miles (2.6 km) south to the Fire Tower at Frying Pan Mountain. Hiking north on the trail you'll arrive at the Pisgah Inn and from there, the Buck Spring Trail leads visitors through the thick hardwood forest and along rocky terrain to the Mt. Pisgah Parking Area. From the parking area it is a 1.6 mile (2.6 km) uphill trek to the top of Mt. Pisgah. The Shut-In Trail is the original route from the Biltmore Estate to the Buck Spring Lodge, and heads north along the Blue Ridge Parkway toward Asheville. The Buck Spring Lodge was a mountain getaway for George Vanderbilt, owner of the famous Biltmore Estate. The North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail follows both the Buck Spring and Shut-In Trails, and connects to trails in Pisgah National Forest.

    Facilities

    Several popular hiking trails, ranging from moderate to difficult, are easily accessible from the campground. The Frying Pan Trail leads adventurers 1.6 miles (2.6 km) south to the Fire Tower at Frying Pan Mountain. Hiking north on the trail you'll arrive at the Pisgah Inn and from there, the Buck Spring Trail leads visitors through the thick hardwood forest and along rocky terrain to the Mt. Pisgah Parking Area. From the parking area it is a 1.6 mile (2.6 km) uphill trek to the top of Mt. Pisgah. The Shut-In Trail is the original route from the Biltmore Estate to the Buck Spring Lodge, and heads north along the Blue Ridge Parkway toward Asheville. The Buck Spring Lodge was a mountain getaway for George Vanderbilt, owner of the famous Biltmore Estate. The North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail follows both the Buck Spring and Shut-In Trails, and connects to trails in Pisgah National Forest.

    Natural Features

    Mount Pisgah is part of the Appalachian Mountain Range, an area of the country with scenery that never disappoints, whether blanketed in wildflowers in the spring or bursting with red, orange, and yellow hues in the fall. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic byway that follows the high crests of the central and southern Appalachians for 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. At an elevation of 4,980 feet (1,518 m), Mount Pisgah offers moderate to cool temperatures during camping seasons.

    Nearby Attractions

    The beautiful Pisgah Inn is located adjacent to the campground and offers a restaurant and country store. Additionally, historic Asheville, North Carolina is about 20 miles away, offering grocery stores, fuel and medical facilities.

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    $30 / night

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    Asheville East KOA

    52 Reviews
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    209 Saves
    Swannanoa, North Carolina

    Whether you're looking for a peaceful weekend in the mountains or an extended stay in western North Carolina, this KOA is the perfect choice. Head for the city sights of historic Asheville (just 14 minutes away) and tour the famous Biltmore House or shop at the brand-new outlet mall. Take a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy the breathtaking views. Or you can hike one of the numerous trails to check out the views and even waterfalls. Perhaps you'd prefer to simply relax and stay at your campsite and fish in one of KOA's two lakes. Your kids will love tubing and splashing in the Swannanoa River, which winds its way through the middle of the campground. Other on-site activities include paddleboats, a swimming pool, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes and cornhole. Pool: May 6 - September 11. Max pull thru: 70 feet.

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    $50 / night

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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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    North Mills River

    24 Reviews
    40 Photos
    392 Saves
    Mills River, North Carolina

    Overview

    North Mills River Campground is a rustic mountain getaway in Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. Located just outside the popular city of Asheville, the campground provides access to a variety of cultural and natural attractions, including an arboretum, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and numerous hiking, fishing and mountain biking opportunities.

    Recreation

    The forest is known for its hiking and mountain biking trails, several of which are near the campground. Mills River offers excellent trout fishing, as well as tubing and swimming, which are kid-friendly favorite activities. Visitors wishing to learn more about the area can attend educational programs during the summer.

    Facilities

    The forest is known for its hiking and mountain biking trails, several of which are near the campground. Mills River offers excellent trout fishing, as well as tubing and swimming, which are kid-friendly favorite activities. Visitors wishing to learn more about the area can attend educational programs during the summer.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated in the Appalachian Mountains at an elevation of 2,200 feet. The surrounding land boasts mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls and slopes densely forested with hardwoods. The group camping area is adjacent to the beautiful, shallow waters of the Mills 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 most popular sites. The small town of Brevard offers various amenities and services, and visitors can take a trip to Asheville to visit art galleries, music venues, shops and restaurants.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (828) 577-4167.

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    $40 - $44 / night

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    Black Forest Family Camping Resort

    17 Reviews
    46 Photos
    212 Saves
    Cedar Mountain, North Carolina

    Located 12 miles south of Brevard, NC at an elevation of 3,000 ft.

    65 Wooded Acres, 100 Shaded, level sites, 30/50 amp RV sites.

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    Paris Mountain State Park Campground

    37 Reviews
    140 Photos
    157 Saves
    Taylors, South Carolina

    Welcome to Paris Mountain State Park Campground, nestled just outside Greenville, SC. This place is a gem for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life without venturing too far. The campground offers a mix of tent, RV, and cabin accommodations, making it a versatile spot for all kinds of campers.

    One of the standout features here is the access to beautiful hiking trails. The North Lake Trail, in particular, offers some breathtaking views. If you’re up for a bit of a trek, the Trailside Camp Site #2 is a primitive site that rewards you with stunning lake views and a serene atmosphere. It's about a 2-mile hike in, but trust me, it's worth every step.

    For those who prefer a bit more comfort, the main campground area is well-maintained and offers amenities like electric hookups, showers, and clean restrooms. Some sites are more level than others, so if you’re bringing a big rig, you might want to scout ahead or ask for recommendations.

    Visitors have mentioned that the campground is peaceful and quiet, with a friendly vibe among campers. The park itself is rich in history, with structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) still standing strong. You’ll find four lakes within the park, perfect for a bit of fishing or just relaxing by the water.

    If you’re into mountain biking, you’re in luck. The park has some great trails that cater to bikers, especially on weekends. And if you ever get tired of campfire meals, downtown Greenville is just a short drive away, offering a fantastic foodie scene.

    So pack your gear, bring your sense of adventure, and come enjoy all that Paris Mountain State Park Campground has to offer. Whether you’re here for the hiking, the history, or just a peaceful getaway, you won’t be disappointed.

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    $100 / night

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    Asheville West KOA

    24 Reviews
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    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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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Penrose, NC?

According to TheDyrt.com, Penrose, NC offers a wide range of camping options, with 447 campgrounds and RV parks near Penrose, NC and 39 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Penrose, NC?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Penrose, NC is Davidson River Campground with a 4.6-star rating from 79 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Penrose, NC?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 39 free dispersed camping spots near Penrose, NC.

What parks are near Penrose, NC?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 27 parks near Penrose, NC that allow camping, notably National Forests in North Carolina and Pisgah National Forest.