A brief introduction to National Forests In North Carolina
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. We strongly encourage you to visit our regional Outdoor Safety in the South website before planning your trip. This site provides valuable information on weather safety, wildlife safety and much more. Always remember, your safety is your responsibility.
Asheville ( ASH-vil) is a city in, and the county seat of, Buncombe County, North Carolina. Located at the confluence of the French Broad and Swannanoa rivers, it is the largest city in Western North Carolina, and the state's 11th-most populous city. According to the 2020 census, the city's population was 94,589, up from 83,393 in the 2010 census. It is the principal city in the four-county Asheville metropolitan area, which had a population of 424,858 in 2010, and of 469,015 in 2020.
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Camper reviews for National Forests In North Carolina
Great Mountain Campground
Great mountain campground at 3,600 ft elevation. No hook-ups. Nice showers for a rustic campground. Great for small campers and tents. Not recommended for anything larger than a 30ft travel trailer and only approach campground from Highlands, NC. The road from Franklin, NC to the campground is very narrow, with lots of sharp curves. Also, site 20 and 21 are the only two sites that can easily accommodate larger campers. If you take either site, you do not need to circle the loop. Simply pull in past the bulletin board and the sites are on the left. Pull up the hill slightly and back right in. Lots of shade. Site 9 is the only full sun site, for those using solar. Site 9 is also only steps way from the shower house. A few sites are reservable. If you go during the week, there’s a good chance you can find several first-come, first-serve sites. We stayed in site 21. Very level side to side. Lots of room. It’s right beside the entrance and backs up to the main road. The road noise is pretty loud during the day, not too bad at night. Have to put a plug in for the campground host, Frank Dillon. Supper nice. He kept the bathhouse clean and was very accommodating
Close to Asheville but you wouldn't know it
We have camped in the Hard Times loop of Lake Powhatan CG many times. It is just a 15 minutes drive from home for us but when we are finished setting up camp, it feels like we are on vacation far away. Cell reception is virtually non-existent, which is our preference when we camp. The mountain biking right out of your campsite, in Pisgah National Forest, is famous and always a blast. The camp hosts here keep busy tidying up the new-ish bath houses (hot showers!) and campsites between visitors. They do a great job. I highly recommend this campground.
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