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Discover the best camping near Asheville, North Carolina

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Camping near Asheville

Asheville is the beating heart in the center of the spectacular Western North Carolina mountains.

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Camping near Asheville is easy thanks to the numerous national forests and state parks. Pisgah National Forest surrounds the Asheville area with 500,000 protected acres of wilderness bliss. Some of the best camping sites in the Blue Ridge Mountains lie in Pisgah. If hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail appeals, head to Max Patch. The 4,600-foot bald mountain deep in Pisgah Forest is ideal for backpackers. It also offers some of the best 360-degree views in North Carolina. Once you reach the grassy knoll, several of the trails lead to prime camping spots. The Blue Ridge Parkway has four first-come, first-served developed campgrounds in the Asheville area. They’re open from May through late October, weather permitting. But even if you don’t plan to camp, take the scenic drive. Roadside picnic tables with breathtaking vistas provide respite for city-weary souls. Milepost 355.4 of the Parkway holds Mount Mitchell. It’s the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi at nearly 7,000 feet. Drive 4.6 miles to the top where an observation deck rewards with 85-mile views. Mount Mitchell State Park offers a year-round nine-site family campground for tent camping. Don’t leave WNC without exploring the River Arts District (RAD). This enclave near downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate boasts 200 artists in 22 buildings. Watch fine art creation unfold in converted warehouses along the French Broad River. Last stop: Sierra Nevada’s massive brewery in South Asheville. Your inner beer geek will freak. There are over 23 craft beers on tap in the showpiece restaurant to choose from. Best of luck!

Where to Go

Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley

East of Asheville, the wooded peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains ripple out onto the horizon, affording endless opportunities for hiking and camping. Make a pitstop to sample the craft beer in Black Mountain, hit the trail in the Swannanoa Valley, or admire the mountaintop views at Mount Mitchell State Park. For a break from the mountains, Lake James State Park has lakeside camping, where you can swim, fish, or rent a kayak.

The Great Smokies

Mountain road trips don't come more spectacular than the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially if you time your drive for fall foliage season. Bring your RV and follow the epic drive all the way into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, known for its misty mountains, sweeping wildflower meadows, and the Appalachian Trail, which traces the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.

South Asheville

South of the city, high peaks, waterfalls, and dense woodlands blanket the landscapes of the Pisgah National Forest, which stretches all the way to meet the Nantahala National Forest in the west. Both parks have several campgrounds to choose from, with tent and RV sites, cabin rentals, and dispersed camping available. Closer to the city, Chimney Rock State Park is known for its namesake crag, rock climbing trails, and spectacular hikes.

When to Go

The best weather for hiking and camping around Asheville is April through October, but this mountain city has outdoor activities to suit all seasons. Leaf-peepers flock to the surrounding hills in fall, with fall foliage—and its accompanying crowds—peaking in October. Wildflowers set the countryside ablaze with color through spring and summer, while winter campers can rent a cozy mountain cabin and hit the ski slopes.

Know Before You Go

- Asheville has plenty of supermarkets, restaurants, and gas stations, and you’ll find several shops selling camping and outdoor supplies.   - There are no admission fees for North Carolina state parks, but camping reservation fees apply.  - Tick season runs from late spring through early fall in the Asheville region, so cover up when hiking and check for ticks after outdoor activities. - Backcountry camping is allowed on national forest land as long as you are more than 500 feet from a road. 

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