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

Davidson River Recreation Area offers camping and outdoor activities for the whole family whose looking for camping near Charlotte. Davidson River 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.


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.


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.


Interpretive Programs: Educational Programs



Water Sports: Tubing

Day Use Area: Amphitheater

Swimming Site

National Park Service
Drive In
Walk In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Davidson River Campground is located in North Carolina
35.2828 N
-82.7214 W
Get 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.
40 Reviews of Davidson River Campground
Great destination!

I’ve stayed here numerous times. Great place and great MtB trails super close

Big campground, but convenient

Davisdon campground is very popular so it's near impossible to get a reservation for the weekend unless you plan far ahead. It's popular for good reason. It's within 5 minutes of a grocery and restaurants, but feels like you're pretty remote. You're close to tube rentals and the campground is on the river. You will not find privacy here, the campground is massive. The river is not quite close enough for young kids to play unsupervised, but it is close enough to easily access. It would be a great place for families with older kids as the roads are great for biking around and the swimming holes are close.

Excellent Location but Beware the Crowds

This is a POPULAR spot in the summer, and why not? It's beautiful and close to several incredible destinations. You can take a short hike up John Rock for a wonderful few, head down the road a bit for a horse back trail ride, slide down the popular sliding rock (just a short drive down the road) or spend the day climbing at Looking Glass in the amazing Pisgah ranger district. If you're up for a little bit further of a drive head on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

There is a cool fish hatchery with a nice little natural history museum/display and friendly staff to help answer questions. There are flush toilets available at the fish hatchery as well.

If you don't mind the crowds then this is a great spot to spend a few nights!

Popular spot

This place has everything…wireless, showers, bike path, tennis courts and horse stables down the road. Lots to do here on sliding rock, chasing waterfalls, hiking, and fishing. Be prepared for many cyclists on the road. There is a free primitive campground area on the road the horse stables are on if you are into that. This campground does fill up quickly, it's a beautiful area and only a few miles from Brevard.

Great camping

Enjoyed a winter camping trip to this peaceful area

First night in the GO

Picked up a SylvanSport GO just around the corner and they suggested this spot. And what a good spot! Just walking around the campground is nice, but there's tons to do nearby too!

Rain, Rivers and Waterfalls!!

Last September was a wet one…with record amounts of rainfall and flooding. It was in such a time that we decided it was good to go camping.

It always seems to rain when I camp anyways…so why not go when its raining to avoid crowds and enjoy solitude.

Once again, interested in checking out as many waterfalls and cascades we could locate, the water flow will be so much more dramatic amidst heavy rainfall.

Davidson River Campground is an earshot from Brevard, NC and tucked into the outskirts of Pisgah National Forest. Check out their website for all things interesting:

Basically, we had the run of the campgrounds other than a few RV's. So we chose a tent spot where the river curled around us on three sides. Probably not the wisest choice during heavy rains and flooding…but threw all caution to the wind.

You will have a well-drained gravel tent pad…which makes staking your tent out a bit of a pain, but you won't endure puddling. The entire campground is meticulously maintained when we were there…and the staff at check-in were quite personable and fun.

As facilities go…they are nice…and you can enjoy a nice hot shower…a seeming rarity these days.

Davidson River was flowing but appeared unaffected by the heavy rainfall, as it was crystal clear…and gave no indication of rising over its banks. Which was much appreciated being perched 30 feet away. The rhythmic sounds of the river offered sound sleep all night.

Looking Glass falls are just down the round into the forest and always a treat.

Into Brevard, there are some cool shops worth visiting…and plenty of eateries. One such shop was Backcountry Outdoors, which offers all things glorious for the camper/backpacker/hiker/bicyclist.

It is a rare occasion to have such a nice, quiet campground situated so closely to wilderness and civilization…offering the best of both worlds when its a deluge outside.

You can't go wrong with this pick!

Great location

Great camping spot! We were camping close to the large swimming area, so, you could swim, fish, or just put your feet in. You are also close to Brevard. You can scoot into town to grab supplies or whatever you needed to do. Close by is Sliding Rock and for those into beers, Oskar Blues is not too far as well.

First to Review
Pisgah Gem

Great campground with shady sites that are not too close together. The onsite swimming hole and tubing was a major plus with our 6 yr old son. Great location in the Pisgah Forest and also close to Dupont Forest. We will definitely return.