Waterside camping near Brevard, North Carolina

Behold the land of waterfalls—Brevard offers scenic views and a rush of excitement.

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Sacred Roots

2 sites · Lodging1 acres · Rosman, Transylvania
A sublime place where art and the natural world collide. Start your morning enjoying coffee on the patio among the trees, completely immersed in nature. Relax by the garden after a long day of exploring or take a spin around the lake in one of our rented kayaks. (A waiver will be required for all boat use.) The fire pit is a perfect way to end the day with stories, music, and laughter while the stars shine down upon you. Learn more about this land: Enchanting and unique cottage on 1.5 acres, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains just 20 minutes outside of charming Brevard. A perfect getaway for outdoor enthusiasts or anyone seeking tranquil solitude. Beautiful, wooded property with gardens, creative art, screened-in porch, patio, fire pits, and an 11-acre lake for kayaking, swimming, fishing, and exploring. Two kayaks are available for 150.00 or stand up paddleboards for 150.00 for the duration of your stay. A liability waiver is required for all boat use. The foothills trail, hiking, biking, and waterfalls are all within minutes of the property.
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Mountaintop Fantasy

3 sites · Lodging4 acres · Cullowhee, Jackson
Selected by Outside Magazine as their Favorite Hipcamp in North Carolina and a Hipcamp Finalist in N.C. 2020, 2021, and 2022 and runner up best treehouse in 2023, we offer both a woodsy, peaceful experience with million dollar views in an 6 person tent as well as an incredible Treehouse right down the street. Each is all yours - this is not a commercial campground. Explore the innumerable trails and waterfalls of the Smokies; fish in the Lake or numerous rivers and streams; swim in the Lake and at the sand beach down the road; rent a pontoon boat; travel the Blue Ridge Parkway; enjoy the shopping and restaurants of nearby Cashiers and Highlands. Or just chill out. These are truly unique high altitude sites with amenities you won't find elsewhere. Both are in a gated "subdivision" that has 60 lots but only 8 houses - the rest is woods and the only place in your vicinity is our cabin. With unmatched mountain and western views, if you like the great outdoors on the mountain and in the woods, This is the place for you. Rain? Nocturnal wildlife? Don't like tents? No problem. Check out our Treehouse. Totally enclosed, WC, Shower, bunk beds, futon, TV, heated, internet , kitchen, grill, induction cooktop, fridge and more. Walkie-talkies to facilitate mountain communications. Board games too. Access to our dock, canoes and kayak? Yep. Adult life preservers provided. Secret nature trail to our kids playground and trampoline. Hammock, kid's swing, hanging chair and dining for 6. Visit with Jake the Cat and our chickens. This area is truly one of a kind spiritual respite. These mountains are justly known for hiking, fishing, water sports, chilling out and forgetting about the Virus, politics and the nuisances of the workaday world. Our goal is to provide you and your family with an unforgettable and magical N.C. mountain experience, while reducing your blood pressure.
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Waterside camping near Brevard guide

In Transylvania County and set just outside Pisgah National Forest, Brevard, North Carolina is surrounded by over 250 waterfalls and a vibrant local community. Visit in spring to experience the iconic White Squirrel Festival offering live music and a beer garden—the rare white squirrels allegedly escaped from a carnival truck in the 1950s, and you’ll see many scurrying around. Camping in Brevard offers wilderness opportunities from hiking and mountain biking to city entertainment in nearby Asheville. Rent a mountain cabin, choose a tent camping spot to settle into, or opt for RV camping near Brevard.

Where to Go

Pisgah National Forest

In the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Pisgah National Forest has over 500,000 acres to explore. Make sure to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway to get incredible views as you travel, then dive into over 1,000 miles of trails, including hundreds of waterfalls. The mountain peaks and valleys provide the perfect terrain for mountain biking and rock climbing, while the Pisgah Forest has excellent fishing opportunities and whitewater sports too. There’s no park entrance fee, but some cultural sites have admission prices.

Asheville, North Carolina

Set among the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is the largest city in North Carolina. It’s well-known for its art scene and historic architecture, and it’s only a 40-minute car ride from Brevard. Take the Blue Ridge Parkway (dubbed “America’s favorite drive“) to see epic mountain views from the road, then opt for camping near Asheville for a homebase to shops, breweries, and museums. There are tons of local parks with picnic areas for lunch in the sun, plus nearby glamping.

Davidson River Recreation Area

Close to the center of Brevard (only three miles away), the Davidson River Recreation Area works for the whole family. Check out rivers and waterfalls, spend the day fishing for local trout, or take an educational program in the busier months (summer and fall). The state-run Davidson River Campground is a prime choice for tent camping with shaded spots, picnic tables, flush toilets, and parking, as well as access to hiking trails. Book reservations at least four days ahead or up to six months in advance.

Sliding Rock Recreation Area

Roughly an 18-minute drive from Brevard, Sliding Rock showcases a sleek 60-foot natural rock formation with water trickling overtop—the claim to fame is the opportunity to slide down before cascading into a deep pool. Although Sliding Rock is open daily, it’s weather-dependent and can close due to heavy rainfall that causes high water levels. Lifeguards are there during the busy summer months (May until mid-September). Find beach tent camping nearby or treehouse camping for snoozing among the forest canopy.

When to Go

Summer between June and August is prime time to visit Brevard, although the rainy season overlaps with the spring and summer months (May until late August), with July being the wettest. All this water (roughly 90 inches of rain annually) means it’s no surprise that Brevard is waterfall central. It’s a little cloudy all year-round, but summers are still hot and humid, with temperatures up to 83°F. Winters (especially February) are dryer, but snowfall is common between November and March.

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