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Great stop over

Other than the need of some gravel due to the rain. Great place to stop over

Best camping ever

The sites alone made you feel like you were backcountry camping. Secluded, with privacy. The bathhouses were nice, clean, easy access. We had an amazing time, the river was the perfect white noise to sleep to. I recommend site 15. It’s perfect, with a little tunnel to the bathroom and entrance.

Great staff.

Enjoy alot. No problem at all.

Nice campground

Nice place to visit and close to Chimney Rock

Love Hidden Creek

Best family campground ever.We loved the canoes and waterslide

A True Hidden Gem!

This campground is beautiful, peaceful, and scenic! If you are looking for somewhere that isn't super crowded but has a lot to offer at a great price, this is it! Located on the beautiful Blue Ridge Park in between Little Switzerland and Craggy Gardens/Mt Mitchell area at Milepost 339.5. Far enough away to be in nature and Crabtree Falls but also around 20ish minutes to a Walmart and other great stuff. RV sites, tent sites, flushing toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, clean bathrooms, etc. National Park Service operated campground as well which is a plus. Had a great time,we  will be back!

Clean and quiet with nice amenities

This campground is for those that are 55 and over, however your children or grandchildren are always welcome with you.  They have several pull through spots along with the permanent folks that live in the campground.  There is a nice pool and pool deck, an exercise room and a common area that has a pool table, books to read, board games, a keyboard and tv room where you can just hang out.  This campground is located close to the interstate and downtown Hendersonville with lots of restaurants.  Also close by is the Dupont State Forest, places to hike, Lake Lure etc.

Family friendly & clean

Very clean, great place for families, close to many lookouts, waterfalls, and hikes.

Fair place to visit

County park that offers 67 campsites. Offered bathroom with showers (2 locations only), water and electric hookup, sewer hookup, fire pit, picnic table, boat ramps, and playground. We had spot 9 which was an end spot that was roomy for our teardrop trailer (T@G XL). This spot was closer to the water but not in wooded area. Many spots were in an open field with the RVs on top of one another. Other spots were in more of a wooded area but they were close together.

Campground was good if you were into fishing. Many campers had their boats plus in early morning trucks were trailering their boats to place in the lake.

There were no trails to explore at the campground. Does offer swimming in the lake starting around Memorial Day. Not much else to do unless you were going to fish for bass or other fresh water fish.

Bathrooms: One set for campground (67 sites) and another by the marina. Very outdated, dingy, and dark. Women’s - stall was out of order, some didn’t lock, in evening - messy - papers and other garbage on floors. Showers were the darkest area of the bathroom - icky looking. Woman who had just used it said only the last one really worked. Mens - shower handle was broken, did have hot water but were icky and run down.

Overall - convenient for a stop over - near highway, good access to lake for fishing.

Free transit to the park

This campground is owned by carowinds and has free bus rides to and from the park from open until close. Bathhouses are private and clean. The campground is right by the airport so the planes are pretty loud but not much louder than the screams of the people on the roller coasters. This is a perfect place to stay because after a long day of rides you can come right back to your camper to relax instead of driving all the way home.

We love this campground

We camped here for a few days and loved this park. Plenty of hiking and fishing. We did not have to leave the park for anything. Everyone was very friendly. Some of the sites are not very level but you can do it. We will definitely be going back to this park. They have two different campgrounds and this park is geared towards horse back riding

Primative

This area is beautiful. I am from the area, but I love to go up the hill and get away from everything.  If you get there early in the week, you should have the place to yourself.

Usually have to clean up a little from the slobs before. The water is clean and COLD.

A resort campground near the Blue Ridge Parkway

We stayed at this campground in a 34' travel trailer for a week in June. As typical of a KOA, they shove you in there so you are very close to your neighbors. The stars of the park are the riverfront sites. They have a bit more room between sites and their "backyard" slopes down to the river where the fire pits are situated. However, when it rains a lot like it did when were here, the river rises. The sites are safe, but if you left chairs down by the fire ring you can kiss them good-bye. It is a resort so it comes with lots of amenities: playground, pool, bike/tube/cart rental, gaga ball pit, ladderball, cornhole, fishing dock on a stocked lake, and paddleboat rental. On the weekends they have a few events, such as ice cream socials and bingo. There is a game room that's ok and a store stocked with ice cream, candy, some essentials, and souvenirs. Although the staff isn't the friendliest in the world, the service they provide is outstanding. They escort you to your site, help you back in, come by to pick up your trash every morning, and are johnny on the spot with propane.  The location is spot on, being a 15-minute drive from downtown Asheville and a 10-minute drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway. You are far enough away from the road to not hear a lot of road noise, however the train comes by every now and then and blows the horn. A couple of quirks: There a lot a ducks here! Expect them to come begging in your site. Drainage isn't that great so when it rains expect it to be muddy. The fire pits are metal and above ground (we didn't use ours because we didn't want to set fire to our neighbor's trailer - and it rained a lot). Oh, and the wifi is actually pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised, even with everyone shut inside with the rain. Overall, I was happy with the experience and would stay again.

Beautifully situated by the river

Great spot tucked in a bend of the South Toe River.  The reservable sites are MUCH smaller than they look online, particularly site 7, which is the perfect size for a motorcycle and a one-man tent.  We reserved the site and our car was barely out of the street when parked!

We moved to site 18, which was not on the river, but delightful regardless.  If your site is not by the river, you run the risk of being near Hwy 80.  I can confirm that Hwy 80 is used 24x7 -- it's not terrible, but it's not Silent Night either.  The tent pad was slightly elevated with excellent drainage, which was a good thing or we couldn't have stayed dry for two nights.

The hosts were friendly and hard-working, getting firewood delivered and keeping the facilities clean, which was a miracle given the wet weather.  I would not drink the water without boiling it; could have been the weather during our visit, but the water was an interesting golden yellow color.

The campground is beautifully wooded, although there was a fair number of recently felled trees lying about.  The host said the forest service came in and cut them down because they were too close to the campsites.  Huh?  Regardless, they did not clear the trees away, so one has to clamber over them going from site to site.

We had planned a 4-day stay with a 15-person group spread over 5 sites.  Unfortunately, what seemed like the first hurricane of the season parked itself over the NC mountains and dumped at least 6 inches of rain in 48 hours and, since there was no improvement in the forecast and we couldn't do any of our planned activities, we made for home early.

The reservable Pavilion is beautifully situated and was a nice respite from the rain for our group one evening.  

We did visit the Penland School and had lunch at DT's in Spruce Pine -- both highly recommended.  

I plan to return at the first opportunity to enjoy Carolina Hemlocks and the surrounding area in better weather.

Was once nice.

Forest Service has changed the price from $5 to $30 a night for a primitive campground. Nasty vault toilet, and trash cans but no water.

Great for everyone!

Hikes, The river, the activities the camp ground provides!

Great family spot

Was only a 45 minute drive from my home growing up so went a lot on the weekends with my family. Hiking, biking, and relaxing!

not what I was expecting

I was very disappointed when we arrived for a 5 night stay to say the least. Very small, dirt campsite with a short section (6ft) of wood fence separating the next small dirt campsite. We had to go down a hill to the fire ring. There was no parking space at all. They put as many campsites as humanly possible there. There was a very new, nice bathhouse and a nice playground. It was a very loud place, too. If I was planning on staying in camp, this is not the place to relax.

A surprisingly nice campground on an isolated windy road

As the title suggests, I was really surprised at how nice this campground is. Mostly dry camping with a few hook-up sites that mostly go to camp hosts, the camp sites are designed for tents and small RVs. Only a few sites will accommodate longer rigs (reservations are made through recreation.gov so check the site dimensions before you book). Getting up this way is tricky. I highly recommend coming from the north or the east if you are travelling with an RV. Coming from the west on the BRP is windy with low hanging branches. Coming from the south on 80 is insane with anything bigger than a pick-up truck (and even then it is a bit dicey).  The sites are widely spaced. Bathhouses were clean. There is a large meadow in the center of the loop for play (there are poles for a volleyball net but it wasn't rigged when we were there). There are no supplies available at the office and the nearest store is a good distance so make sure you come prepared. For local recreation, the Mount Mitchell trail departs from the campground and the nearby South Toe river is a favorite of fisherman. There is also a golf course and club in the nearby South Toe community. The town of Little Switzerland is a 30-minute drive away, with a nice restaurant and cafe, along with several local shops.  Would recommend.

Couldn’t Find This “Campground”

Not sure that there is even a campground here. I ended up traveling 15 miles passed this spot and camped along side of the dirt road. Best I could say about this is “don’t go chasing waterfalls”

Pristine, friendly, communal, peaceful campground on the river!

This campground was pristine - from the moment we turned the corner, until the moment we left!  

We met Kimberly within seconds of pulling on the property.  She was incredibly kind and made us feel at home immediately.  As tent campers, she told us our best choices were a 30 amp site on the river ($50) or a 30-amp site off the river ($44).  These prices are steep for tent camping, but include 2 adults, kids and pets.  Additional adults come with a fee, but we were happy the kids were included.  Not only were the pets included, but they have a dog park area that they can run free and stretch their legs!  

We came into the cute little office where Kimberly gave us a campground map (which was painted by a resident camper glass blower) and told us about her property. Several items were on sale inside the store, including many shirts, sweatshirts, hats, etc. They also sell kids fishing poles, stickers and even a fresh coffee cup machine.  They have recently renovated the bathhouse (wait until you see it!) they have a library with books and games, an outdoor sink to wash dishes etc. and even a laundry room that operates on the honor system.  How great is that!  I thought it was wonderful that we could wash a wet sleeping bag or a quick load of stinky hiking clothes if necessary!  Kimberly explained that they have a pretty good mix of short and long term campers (primarily RV's) and even a cute little cabin that can be rented.  

Kimberly said that they choose not to allow on-line bookings to maintain the atmosphere that they desire.  You can call, or submit a request, but they want to have a conversation with you before booking.  The campground was calm, friendly and so so clean.  Campers were friendly, the campground host was as kind as could be, and so proud about her new bathrooms.  (See below).  This is the kind of campground we would feel good about our kids biking around in the evening as they chase fire flies and meet new friends!  

The campground was located on the river, but the slope was challenging from several sites.  With kiddos, I may prefer a site closer to the road because it was nearly a flat walk out to the river.  We will surely be back!

Beyond beautiful riverfront site on the North Toe River!

Buck Hill Campground is located near Newland NC.  The family owned, Buck Hill campground has been with the same owner for the last 10 years.  We spoke with both husband and wife while on this trip - both as friendly as could be!  

Upon arrival, we were a bit confused because there was no office to check into.  After riding around and exploring the (TOTAL) available 5 or 6 tent sites, we chose the one we wanted and asked around for the owners.  We easily found the family working near the gathering room and they immediately made us feel welcome.  They informed us about laundry, bathhouses, the playground and gathering room etc.  

We chose the only tent site on the water - which was phenomenal!  The site had a fire ring only, but we were ok without a picnic table, in exchange for the view!  We had water and greenery surrounding us on 3 sides.  We positioned our tent just right and blocked the RV's from behind us - leaving us feeling like we were on a private peninsula.  It didn't take long for kiddos to be playing in the shallow river water (finding a snake) and us to have camp set up. 

The campground has 2 bathhouses, both containing toilets, sinks, showers and a deep sink for washing.  We needed firewood - and upon suggestion from an RV neighbor, looked for the blue topped golf cart - which was up at their house - on site.  We pulled into their driveway and the owner told us he would bring us wood to our site.  

We enjoyed a calm, quiet evening in this campground.  The views were fantastic and the fireflies beyond words!  With so much darkness, the other side of the river looked like a sparkling Christmas tree with the fireflies dancing their magic!  We would come back again just for this site!  

The tiny homes and cabins looked enticing, but the other tent sites were a bit rough.  There were several platforms, which are so helpful for wet camping trips.  There were workers actively building a new cabin as we were there!   We would surely come back for the riverfront site - it was beyond beautiful!

Could be closer

The price of primitive camping. Youd think it be closer to the lake. Not many sites for tents. About 50 for RVs. But tents like only 8 😭

Clean, lovely conveniently located

I camped here with a women’s hiking group and was impressed.

There are lovely trails, a large playground, nature center, the beautiful lake Wylie {no swimming, NC fishing license required}, geocaching, clean bathrooms and shower rooms, electric sites with large tent pads, good sized fire pit area, picnic table.. there’s even a loving gate with a code for a more secure camping experience..

We could fit 3 tents in one pad AND had a hammocker camper too.

If you are wanting some nature near the city, this is a good option - especially if you are checking out city things in Charlotte.

You can hear traffic at night when camping here so bring ear plugs, headphones or a white noise fan if that bothers you.

Pet friendly 🐾

I saw both dogs and camping kitties

There’s 56 camp sites: these include tent, RV hook ups and some primitive.

There’s group camping at Copperhead Island.

I highly recommend, especially for families with children, lots to do and a safe, secure feeling.

Ok campground

Decent sites. Bath houses are ok. Can be noisy at night at times

Amazing

Private but great for families and bike ridding. Private pool game room. Laundry and camp store.

Very wooded

Good campground for beginners of families with kids or those that love to hike.

Not bad. Been to better places

Camp grounds were not in great condition. Fire rings corroded. Sure we're to close to each other (RVs). Camp store attendant was rude. Hiking trails were really good. Well marked. Beautiful area.

BRP Mile Marker 316

Another lovely campground along the BRP, close to Linville Falls and gorge, picnic area and visitor center.

Erwin’s View Trail: Moderate Linville Gorge Trail: Strenuous {amazing view of falls}

Get a map at the visitor’s center.. redundant: the gorge is rather crowded on the weekends.

Check online for road closures when visiting the parkway.

$20 per night

There are 70 sites, some reservable sites and walk ins -and an RV loop {dump station} All sites non electric, generators permitted before quiet hours.

Lovely rangers and camp host that I found to be pleasant and helpful.

Open field sites, with decent sized pads, fire pits & picnic tables. Some of the sites are more secluded, the ones nearest to the parkway road.

Dog friendly for leashed puppers 🐾 Kid Friendly

There are bear lockers, keep food and supplies in the locker and in car at night.

Alcohol is prohibited

No showers but access to clean water and flush toilets.

You may collect dead wood or bring in HEAT TREATED firewood that is certified with a federal seal.

Local stores that sell wood and/or other supplies: Linville Falls Visitor Center/Park store Linville Falls General Store {8896 NC-183, Linville Falls, NC 28647- trinkets, camp supplies, cold drinks, non perishable food, Hunt Brothers Pizza etc} Walmart Supercenter, Spruce Pine, Ingles Food Store, Newland

Nearby Attractions

Linville Falls Linville Gorge “Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians”

Falls Trail - 1.6 mi RT/easy The Gorge Trail - 1.4 mi RT/ strenuous. The Plunge Basin Trail- 1mi RT/ moderate. Leashed dogs permitted 🐾

BRP Linville Canverns Crabtree Falls, Burnsville Grassy Creek Falls NC Gem Museum

The campground is laid out well, spacious, clean and located near awesome trails, falls, look outs and shops and restaurants.