Myron C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2019

Great Place for Dispersed Camping

I am going to preface this review by saying that giving it five stars, three stars, or one star really depends on what you expect from a campground. It might be five stars if you are looking for a real wilderness getaway. However, it might be a one star if you are looking for modern amenities with electric, water, and sewer hookups. For me personally, I rate it as five stars, but I know that people looking for a campground wonder how it can be five stars when it does not have hookups or Wi-Fi. Of all the designated primitive camping areas I have been to, this one seems to be one of the most popular, and for good reason. The Avery Creek Roadside camping sites have raised gravel pads, sturdy fire rings, and lantern hangers. Most designated primitive areas do not have such“luxury.” To get to the sites, you have to turn onto a gravel national forest road and drive for about half a mile before you get to the first campsite. The road continues for quite a way, and you can find several designated sites along the road. I was surprised that there were quite a few campers since it was in December. It is a good thing there are a lot of campsites. One of the best things about camping in this area is that there is so much to do within a short driving distance. For example, three miles down the road there is one of my favorite waterfalls. It isn’t very tall, but it has a lot of volume and is a beautiful waterfall. Five miles from the campsites, there is Sliding Rock, which opens during the warmer months and is very popular. Nine miles away is the Cradle of Forestry in America, and in my unbiased opinion, I think everybody needs to visit there at least once. The campsite itself provided a pleasant stay. You can hear the creek all night long, and you are at least four or five miles from a town. It doesn’t seem like a long distance, but it is far enough that you don’t hear the sounds of traffic. Fly fishing for trout is a popular activity, as well as hiking. There is an abundance of hiking trails nearby, including the Art Loeb Trail, Avery Creek Trail, Andy Cove Nature Trail, and lots more. The Blue Ridge Parkway is also only twelve and a half miles away. The area is also a popular horseback riding area with stables down the road. Unlike another camping area I had reviewed earlier this year, horse manure did not seem to be a problem. There are no bathrooms, except at the group camping area, which has to be reserved. The only water is from the creek, so be prepared and take lots of water or a water filtration system. Overall, Avery Creek is fantastic if you want to get away from civilization. There are no amenities such as swimming pool, game room, etc., but it is an outstanding place for people who just love the outdoors.

  • My site was spacious, and even though it seems close to the other site, it was not as close as you would think.
  • This is my campsite.
  • Among the things I liked about this campsite is that I actually had a place to set up my hammock.  There was also a fire ring and a lantern hanger within my site.
  • I hope they do not close these campsites down because of other people's negligence.
  • Avery Creek runs parallel to the forest road and adjacent to the campsites.
  • It is just a short walk to the creek from the campsites.
  • Before you get to the Avery Creek Roadside campsites, you pass by the White Pines Group Camp, which has to be reserved.
  • This is just one of the many trails leading from the campsites or close to the campsites.
  • This area is well-known for waterfalls, including this one which is three miles down the road (Looking Glass Falls).
  • Although Avery Creek is not recommended for RVs, some RVers camp here anyway.
  • Nine miles down the road is the Cradle of Forestry in America, which is the site of the first forestry school in America.  In its two miles of trails, you can learn a lot of history.  it is a pleasant walk.
  • There are a lot of things to see and do within a short driving distance.
  • There are campsites all along this road, but you must camp in designated sites.
  • You will know where NOT to camp because of the signs.
  • Here is another campsite down the road from mine.
  • Just relaxing in the hammock at my campsite
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