Overnight by the River in Western North Carolina

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Until this very moment, I thought this campsite was located in eastern Tennessee, but it is actually located in North Carolina, in Pisgah National Forest, just over the state line, which did not appear to be marked.

Accessible via a well-maintained gravel forest road suitable for standard vehicles, the site is a small horseshoe spur overlooking a calm river, ideal for a peaceful overnight stay. While not suitable for larger vehicles, the location ensures a quiet retreat, particularly during the winter months.

This self-sufficient campsite offers no amenities or cell service but provides a immersive nature experience amidst a densely wooded canyon. The lush hills and woodlands offer shade and protection from the elements, while a charming stone fire ring by the water adds to the picturesque setting.

Recommended for a single overnight stay during travel, this site is not conducive to extended or recreational visits due to its proximity to the road. Embrace simplicity and nature at this Pisgah National Forest campsite, offering a brief escape within North Carolina's captivating landscapes.

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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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