Appalachian Waterfall in Pisgah National Forest

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This gravel clearing at the end of a forest road sits right next to a stream in a densely wooded, mountainous area. It’s got a primitive stone fire ring and offers a rugged camping experience.

The forest road has a couple of small stream crossings, which might be impassable during floods. A stock four-wheel drive vehicle should handle it, but larger vehicles might get scratched on the narrow two-track at the end. Located a few miles from pavement, this spot is somewhat remote—no cell service and too much tree cover for satellite connectivity.

There’s enough room for one or two vehicles. Hiking opportunities abound, and the campsite is a short walk from a stunning, towering waterfall with a shallow pool at the bottom. Expect some company during peak season, as others might drive through or camp nearby. This site offers the best of backcountry camping in the Appalachian Mountains.

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Status – OPEN

We’ve been here in-person, but it might have been a while. To our knowledge, this spot is currently open and accessible, but that can easily change, so always have a back-up plan!

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