Top Dispersed Camping near Cherokee National Forest

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Best Dispersed Camping Sites Near Cherokee National Forest, TN (27)

    Camper-submitted photo from Pisgah National Forest Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Pisgah National Forest Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Pisgah National Forest Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Pisgah National Forest Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Pisgah National Forest Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Pisgah National Forest Dispersed

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    Pisgah National Forest Dispersed

    10 Reviews
    23 Photos
    451 Saves
    Barnardsville, North Carolina

    The Pisgah National Forest is a land of mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes. Comprised of over 500,000 acres, the Pisgah is primarily a hardwood forest with whitewater rivers, waterfalls and hundreds of miles of trails. This national forest is home of the first tract of land purchased under the Weeks Act of 1911 which led to the creation of the national forests in the eastern United States. It is also home of the first school of forestry in the United States, now preserved at the Cradle of Forestry in America historic site, and boasts two of the first designated wilderness areas in the east. The Pisgah, Grandfather and Appalachian Ranger Districts are scattered along the eastern edge of the mountains of western North Carolina and offer visitors a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoying the natural beauty of the mountains. Camping and Day-use Information Enjoy camping or a picnic at one of the many day-use areas. A list of camping and day-use areas in the Pisgah National Forest can be found here Recreation Maps Nantahala & Pisgah National Forest Maps Directions to Frequently Requested Places NC Arobretum and Bent Creek Area Blue Ridge Parkway South Blue Ridge Parkway North Pisgah Ranger District Cradle of Forestry Cradle of Forestry (Scenic Route) The Biltmore House Mt. Mitchell Be Safe The national forests in North Carolina offer a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. From the mountains to the sea, there are many exciting adventures awaiting your visit to these national forests. Please keep in mind that all outdoor recreational activities on the Croatan, Pisgah, Nantahala and Uwharrie national forests, including activities at recreation sites, have inherent risks due to the natural setting in which they occur. Always remember, your safety is your responsibility. Waterfall Safety for the Summer.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Victor Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Victor Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Victor Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Victor Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Victor Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Victor Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Old NC 105 - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Old NC 105 - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Old NC 105 - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Old NC 105 - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Old NC 105 - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Old NC 105 - Dispersed Camping

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    Old NC 105 - Dispersed Camping

    19 Reviews
    48 Photos
    487 Saves
    Linville, North Carolina

    Welcome to Old NC 105 - Dispersed Camping, a hidden gem nestled in the National Forests of North Carolina. This spot is perfect for those who crave a raw, back-to-nature experience. The area offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, making it a fantastic place to unwind and soak in the beauty of the wilderness.

    Now, let's get down to the nitty-gritty. This isn't your typical campground with all the bells and whistles. It's dispersed camping, so don't expect amenities like toilets, showers, or drinking water. You'll need to bring everything you need, including plenty of bottled water since there's no easy access to the river for filtering. Fires are allowed, so you can still enjoy a good campfire under the starry sky.

    The road to get here is a bit of an adventure in itself. It's a gravel and dirt road that can get pretty rough, especially after some rain. If you're driving anything less than an SUV with good clearance, you might want to think twice about tackling the whole stretch. But trust me, the views are worth the bumpy ride. Some spots offer breathtaking vistas of the gorge and surrounding landscape, so take your time and pick your spot wisely.

    Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the trip. Just be prepared for some company, as the area can get a bit busy with other campers and curious passersby. Despite the traffic, the early morning bird songs and the serene environment make it a peaceful retreat.

    In summary, Old NC 105 is all about the raw, unfiltered camping experience. Come prepared, take it slow on the road, and you'll be rewarded with some of the most beautiful scenery North Carolina has to offer. Enjoy your stay!

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    Camper-submitted photo from Paint Creek Corridor
    Camper-submitted photo from Paint Creek Corridor
    Camper-submitted photo from Linville Gorge Wilderness Dispersed Camping--Western Section, NC 128 he
    Camper-submitted photo from Linville Gorge Wilderness Dispersed Camping--Western Section, NC 128 he
    Camper-submitted photo from Linville Gorge Wilderness Dispersed Camping--Western Section, NC 128 he
    Camper-submitted photo from Linville Gorge Wilderness Dispersed Camping--Western Section, NC 128 he
    Camper-submitted photo from Linville Gorge Wilderness Dispersed Camping--Western Section, NC 128 he
    Camper-submitted photo from Linville Gorge Wilderness Dispersed Camping--Western Section, NC 128 he

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    Linville Gorge Wilderness Dispersed Camping--Western Section, NC 128 he

    12 Reviews
    34 Photos
    515 Saves
    Linville Falls, North Carolina

    Welcome to Linville Gorge Wilderness Dispersed Camping in the Western Section of North Carolina. This spot is a gem for those who love a no-frills, back-to-nature camping experience. If you’re looking for a place where you can just pull off the road, set up your tent, and enjoy the serenity of the wilderness, you’ve found it.

    The area offers breathtaking views and a peaceful atmosphere, perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Some visitors have mentioned that the road up to the campsites can be a bit steep and bumpy, so a vehicle with good clearance is recommended. But don’t worry, even if you only have a car, you might still make it through—just take it slow and steady.

    One of the standout features here is the allowance of campfires, which is a big plus for those who enjoy sitting around the fire under the stars. Pets are welcome too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure. And if you’re worried about amenities, you’ll be pleased to know that there are toilets and drinking water available, making your stay a bit more comfortable.

    The campsites are scattered along the road, with some offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. There are also a few group-sized sites, perfect for those camping with friends or family. If you’re into hiking, there are trails nearby that offer a great way to explore the area.

    Linville Gorge Wilderness is about 30 minutes from the nearest town, so while you’re out in the wild, you’re not completely isolated. This makes it easy to pop into town if you need to restock supplies or just want a change of scenery.

    So, pack your gear, grab some firewood, and head out to Linville Gorge Wilderness for a camping experience that’s both rugged and rewarding.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Grassy Ridge Bald - Dispersed BackCountry
    Camper-submitted photo from Grassy Ridge Bald - Dispersed BackCountry
    Camper-submitted photo from Grassy Ridge Bald - Dispersed BackCountry
    Camper-submitted photo from Grassy Ridge Bald - Dispersed BackCountry
    Camper-submitted photo from Grassy Ridge Bald - Dispersed BackCountry
    Camper-submitted photo from Grassy Ridge Bald - Dispersed BackCountry
    Camper-submitted photo from FS 289 Pull Off
    Camper-submitted photo from FS 289 Pull Off

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    FS 289 Pull Off

    1 Review
    2 Photos
    19 Saves
    Hartford, Tennessee
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        Camper-submitted photo from Wash Creek Dispersed Campsites #4 and #5
        Camper-submitted photo from Wash Creek Dispersed Campsites #4 and #5
        Camper-submitted photo from Wash Creek Dispersed Campsites #4 and #5
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      According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular dispersed campground near Cherokee National Forest is Pisgah National Forest Dispersed with a 4.5-star rating from 10 reviews.

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