Dave P.
Bahama, NC
Joined March 2020
Primitive and Quiet

Stayed here during the week and we were alone. Picnic/ pit toilet area separate from the camping area. Two things to note: this area is fairly low, and the road snd sites can easily be soaked, if not underwater after really heavy rains; there is no cell signal here (at least with Verizon as of 3/2020). Perfect for hammock camping. No fire rings just rocks others have arranged, plenty of hiking trails around as well.

Standard and group camping

Things to know:

  • Area is managed by Durham Parks and Rec.. the campground is on a hill above Lake Michie. -You are supposed to make reservations but most folks don’t.
  • Sites are numbered, with a large group camping area and small hiking trails.
  • There are pit toilets and water (seasonal, typically on March thru October). -The driveway shares with the Spruce Pine Lodge, which has a parking area and playground area. This is a rental for events.
  • On occasion there is a chain across the drive into the camping area (typically winter months).
  • Beware of locals pulling in late at night to do adult things in their cars.
Quiet and secluded

Lake Michie is one of Durham’s water reservoir. This property is actually managed by Durham Park and Rec and you are supposed to pay to reserve; however most folks do not. This site is primitive and borders the lake. The road is very rutted and unkempt. Two pit toilets are located nearby and well hidden. There is a small stone fire pit with a grill top attached.

Large field and dispersed camping throughout the area. Plenty of pine straw and wood to use for a fire.

The road in is also someone’s driveway so use caution.