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About Davidson River Campground
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. 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. 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: Campsites are organized into eight loops and some are adjacent to the water. Sites are mostly shaded and equipped with picnic tables, tent pads, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills. The facility also provides hot showers and restrooms with flush toilets in each loop. Campers can purchase ice and firewood on-site and rent bikes nearby. 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. ACTIVITIES Interpretive Programs: Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Water Sports: Tubing Day Use Area: Amphitheater Swimming Site
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133
Access
Drive In
Operator
National Park Service
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ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Showers
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Trash Available
Water Hookups
No WiFi
Location
Davidson River Campground is located in North Carolina
Latitude
35.283 N
Longitude
-82.721 W
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Directions
From Asheville, North Carolina, take I-40 West to I-26 East to Exit 40 (Airport Road/Asheville Regional Airport), onto State Highway 280. Continue south 15.5 miles on 280 to Pisgah National Forest. Turn right at the intersection of Highway 280/64/276. Go north on 276 for 1 mile. Follow signs to the campground. From Spartanburg, South Carolina, take I-26 West to Exit 40 (Airport Road/Asheville Regional Airport), onto State Highway 280. Continue south 15.5 miles on 280 to Pisgah National Forest. Turn right at the intersection of Highway 280/64/276. Go north on 276 for 1 mile. Follow signs to the campground. From Charlotte, North Carolina, take I-85 South to Gastonia and exit at U.S. Highway 74 West. Merge with I-26 West to Exit 40 (Airport Road/Asheville Regional Airport), onto State Highway 280. Continue south 15.5 miles on 280 to Pisgah National Forest. Turn right at the intersection of Highway 280/64/276. Go north on 276 for 1 mile. Follow signs to the campground.
25 Reviews of Davidson River Campground
Ranger Review: Escape Campervans at Davidson River Campground

Campground Review

Davidson River is a really nice campground located in the Pisgah National Forest in Brevard. There are several sites that are right along the river. There is a short walking trail within the camgpground, and the Art Loeb trail starts right at the beginning of the campground as well. There are miles and miles of hiking/running and mountain biking trails in the surrounding area, as well as numerous waterfalls. The campground is less than a mile from The Hub bike shop/Pisgah Tavern, a great bike shop offering rentals also, and several breweries are nearby - check out Ecusta and Oskar Blues!

Our site was very spacious. We stayed in Late November/ early December, so there weren't leaves on the trees but the site was still pretty private. There are only 3 loops of the campground open in the off season. The bathroom facility for the loop was open and there were showers (free and hot) and the camp host was very friendly and helpful and had firewood for sale. Campground was very quiet. Very convenient starting point for trail adventures in the area! Campground was quiet in the off season, but definitely not empty.

Product Review

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time - I was lucky enough to be able to take an Escape Campervan out on a camping road trip for a trail race that started at this campground.

Escape Campervans have become my favorite way to travel! The vans are small enough to maneuver in cities and to trailheads, and can be parked in a normal parking spot. Click here to see the different models they offer. There is something for everyone! The vans include….

  • A kitchen area in the back, with a 2 burner propane stove, sink (5 gallon fresh water tank), and a drawer fridge. Dishes, pots, pans included. Just pull up, hop out, and get cooking! The dometic drawer fridge is fantastic, keeps things super cold and can fit a TON! (way more than it looks).
  • Seats inside fold down to a bed. Add a rooftop tent to the top and bring your friends! (or just sleep up top, and don't worry about converting the seats to a bed. Both beds are really comfortable, and the ladder up to the rooftop sleeper is super easy to use. Bedding included (sheets, pillows, and duvet with cover).
  • Plenty of extras. You can add on (for additional cost) and e-z up tent/awning, small picnic table, bike rack, rooftop tent, and more.

We have traveled as a couple and a group of four adults, and had an awesome time. The vans fit in anywhere. From boondocking in the wilderness to established campgrounds or RV parks, pull up, park, and have fun!

I really can't recommend Escape Campervans enough. From adventurous singles/couples to small families, they are the BEST way to explore.

For more pictures and a more in-depth tour of the Mavericks version of the van, check out one of my blog posts here: http://adventuresneaker.com/2017/01/04/escape-campervan-review/

Great place on a river in mountains.

Activities away from campground such as hiking and site seeing.

Best campground in NC

Growing up in Asheville, I have been going to Davidson river campground since I was a little girl. It was my family’s weekend getaway. This campground is where I learned to ride a bike without training wheels, conquer river rapid while floating on a tube, and ate ice cream every night for dinner. Some of my fondest memories are at this place.

Recently, I traveled back to the campground with a good friend of mine and all of the memories of camping as a child came back. You have the town of brevard so close that you can go grab a beer or a nice meal if need be. You have the start of the Art Leob trail which is in my opinion one of the most beautiful trails In the area. And also the hub bike shop which has awesome food and good for hiking! It was as though I never left and frankly after that weekend, never wanted to leave again. It is the best campground in N.C.!

Water Water everywhere

excellent location in the Pisgah Mointains!

tubing and hiking opportunities abound.

Waterfalls everywhere!

hreat for families!

Great hiking, very scenic, best from May-October

Campsites vary from primitive to group sites with restrooms and pavilions. No showers or services in Pisgah National Forest.

Known for trout fishing and hiking trails for all levels. Mountain streams offer fun for kids and kid-wannabes. There are equestrian trails and a riding stable nearby. Horse camping is popular.

Nicely situated between lots of good outdoor activities

This is a good campground if you are trying to enjoy the Pisgah National Forest. This area has become over run with tourists and the "free" campsites have mostly been comandeered by squatters who rotate from site to site every 14 days. The campground has a great river to swim in and is close to Brevard and Asheville but reservations are recommended. This place is packed most all of the summer now so you don't want to show up without a spot.

First to Review
Fun at Davidson River

Campsites are shaded and roomy. It is within 2 miles of stores in the Brevard Area. Wood is available at the campground. There is a parking place for cell phone reception but not good reception, This is a bear habitat. There are showers and bathrooms. Reservations are good to have as it fills up quickly. It is very well kept. Fishing, swimming and tubing.

Beautiful and convenient!

Right on the river and on a rec path and bike trail. Restaurants and shops nearby. It rained every afternoon but you just have to plan for it. Great sites with trees and plenary of room. Lots of bath houses. Very few sites have electricity and you need to make sure you are in an area you can use your generator during the day ( if that applies).

white squirrels are famous here!

Bevard is home to 100 waterfalls! Some are roadside and others are a short hike away. Absolutely gorgeous!

Beautiful tranquility on the river. Fun for family. Dog friendly

Davidson River was our first excursion with Ilsa @ilsasadventures. She was just a pup. The grounds were well maintained. Families enjoyed the river with a swimming hole & tubing close by. Love the waterfalls within short distance drive. Brevard, and Asheville not too far away.

Davidson

Campground is located on the river. Not as private as other campgrounds I've been to. There was an exercise trail between my site and the river that was heavily used. Definitely fills up with families on the weekend. Location in Transylvania County is great because of the proximity to a ton of waterfalls.