Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Black Mountain Campground

The campground is located in the shadow of Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain in the east at 6,684 ft. Accessing this mountain from the campground can be accomplished via Forest Rt. 472, a scenic but steep and curvy drive. From within the campground take a right on Rt. 472 and drive up to the Blue Ridge Parkway (NOT for RVs). Take a right on the Parkway and proceed several miles to the Mt. Mitchell State Park and the mountain. Great views of the Black Mountains and several trails.

Large football-size sports area. Horseshoes, volleyball, frisbee, etc.

SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No

$22.00 - $44.00
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Black Mountain Campground is located in North Carolina
35.7527 N
-82.2211 W
Get Directions
From Busick, NC, take State Rt. 80 north 0.7 miles to campground sign at South Toe River Rd.(Forest Rt. 472 and State Rt. 1205). Bear left onto South Toe Rd. and go 2.5 miles to campground.
18 Reviews of Black Mountain Campground
The best camping option in the Black Mountain area

Two adjacent campgrounds Briar Bottom Group Campground and Black Mountain Family Campground provide the perfect summer getaway in the heart of the Black Mountains area. The group campground is more expensive, and is more suitable for groups of 10 and more, whereas the family campground is perfect for couples, families, and small groups of friends.

The sites differ in terms of the privacy and amount of shade. We stayed at site 32 and loved it. The driveway is flat and the site is a little downhill from the road. We noticed that a few sites on the other side of the road (like 31) are uphill, not as convenient in my opinion. 

The campground has clean bathrooms and free showers with hot water. The campground office sells ice and firewood. The campground doesn't have any cell reception! The closest place where you can connect to the internet is the golf course, or the general store on HW80.

This is a wonderful spot to be to explore the surrounding areas:

  • The famous Mount Mitchell trail, starts a short walking distance from the campground. This is a 5.5 mile trail(one way) that will take you 3600 feet up to the Mt Mitchell summit. The trail is super strenuous and takes about 3.5-5 hours one way, depending on your shape. There are no good views from the trail, except at the top of Mt Mitchell. 
  • The South Toe River Loop Trail- it actually has two loops. The upper loop starts between Laurel and Poplar sites, continues along the river, crosses on the bridge and continues up the hill. Eventually it will bring you back to the campground entrance. It's a moderate hike that will take you a couple of hours. The lower loop starts from the showers at the Black Mountain Family Campground, between sites 27 and 28. First it goes into the woods, then takes you to the river, crosses two bridges and loops back through the woods again. This part is easy, no elevation change at all, but the trail is narrow and rocky at places. 
  • Setrock Creek Falls- a nice waterfall just a few steps away from the group campground. 
  • Roaring Fork Falls- a super nice and beautiful cascade located at the intersection of South Toe River Road and HW 80. It's a short drive from the campground and then an easy 0.5 mile hike on the old gravel road. 
  • Black Mountain Crest Trail(also known as Deep Gap Trail or the 5 Peak Trail). Starts from the Mt.Mitchell summit and goes across Mount Craig, Big Tom Mountain, Balsam Cone to Cattail Mountain, all about 6,000 feet. The trail has beautiful views, and is moderate to strenuous, with some ups and downs, rocks, boulders, steps and ropes. We always go from the top to Cattail Mt and back, which is 3 miles each way. The trails continues to Deep Gap and has other options, including a 2 day backpacking trip.
Perfect Escape into Nature

This campground is perfect for those wanting to escape into nature for a few days. There are only two sites with electric hookup but it is really not needed in this cool cove below mount Mitchell. This is a family favorite for us. Some sites are wooded and some are along the river. South Toe River has some of the clearest water nation wide.

The doorstep to Mt Mitchell

This is a well maintained campground. Showers and bathrooms onsite. Water is available throughout the camp ground. While camping here there’s a creek that runs along the campground and many trails to explore. From here you can climb 4000ft to the summit of Mt Mitchell. It’s a great, challenging hike with many rewards along the way.

Very clean good river access

Limited sites, fills up on the weekends

Great place to car camp

Sites are spacious and well cared for. We found the host families to be especially lovely as well. Several trail heads are accessible from the campgrounds include Mount Mitchell bring your swimsuits because there is a refreshing swimming hole off the South Toe River for you to enjoy. One word of advice: this campground is particularly remote. Be sure to bring in the cooking and camping supplies you need. There is a camp store, but if you want other stuff you’ll have to drive pretty far if you didn’t pack it.

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 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.

This place is amazing

This place is amazing..

Dogs welcome 🐾 Clean bathrooms Clean hot showers Some electric sites River sites are first come first serve Has group camping {must reserve online} Large tent pads Rv sites Fishing

Can purchase: Ice Soda/water Ice cream Kindling Fire starter Wood

Hiking: Access to Mt Mitchell Trail Set Rock Falls, off the River Loop trail, Mountain to Sea Trail


Plenty of trails Mount Mitchell State Park Crabtree falls Roaring Fork Falls Set Rock Falls The Blue Ridge Parkway Grassy Creek Falls {can walk behind} NC Gem Museum Gem mining

Little Switzerland Cafe/General Store/book store coffee shop, about 20 mins Walmart is in Spruce Pine

Gorgeous campground with great trails

One of my favorite campgrounds in NC. Black mountain is gorgeous and hosts great hiking and biking trails. Sites are spacious, clean, and well-maintained. We got our site first come first serve during a holiday weekend, so we got lucky! Campground has tent and RV sites, some of which are located on a small river. Staff was welcoming and helpful-- they come and deliver ice and firewood to you if requested. We hiked mount Mitchell one day which was rigorous, but incredible. A must stay if camping in NC.


The hospitality of the workers were amazing. They even delivered the firewood we bought to our campsite. Pisgah trails link right into the campground and their bathrooms were very well kept and actually nicer than most gas station restrooms!

Amazing ending or start to a summit/descent of Mt. Mitchell

Outstanding place for all of the following 1. Car Camping, 2. Jumping off point for the Mt. Mitchell trail, 3. Trail terminus location for a descent from Mt. Mitchell's summit. I agree with everything that everyone else has said about this magical place. Some tips…there ARE killer showers here (individual rooms that are kept spotlessly clean by the Camp Hosts). Treat the Camp Hosts with the high level of respect they deserve - they work miracles in this place keeping it friendly, inviting and most of all - CLEAN! Flush toilets. A river right beside it. Tall majestic trees. All of the following are available during normal daylight business hours at the camp office - kindling (2.50), bundled firewood (5.00), fire starters (1.00), Pepsi/Diet Pepsi/Mt Dew (12oz cans - 1.00), various ice cream treats including Klondike bars (1.00). There are no bad campsites, but if you wish to 'feel' the camp, get one on the river. Oh, hoping to catch up with he kids or listen in on that conference call while you are at BMC? Forget about it! There is no cell service on T-Mobile or Verizon inside the camp (small victory for nature). BUT, let's say you have a Verizon phone, and you really really need to talk to someone - well, here's the hint of the day. Walk down the main access road toward the junction with your phone on. Pass up all three of the private residences on the right, and you'll finally come to a stand of three trees growing together ta-dah…I don't know how, but you get two bars of Verizon in this exact spot. Like everywhere in Pisgah, when it rains, it pours, so bring a tarp if you can. Great swimming holes in the river too and if you fish, bring your fly rod - dozens of deep pools to cast into up and down the river.