Since it was founded more than 150 years ago, Transylvania County has been a popular destination for campers, with many preferring the cooler temperatures of fall to go camping. The county has a number of places to go tent camping, to stay in a cabin or to park the RV.
The Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest has four campsites, including Davidson River Campground. For more information about camping, stop by the Ranger Station and Visitors Center, which is located a mile from the forest entrance on U.S. 276, or call (828) 877-3265. To make a reservation, call (877) 444-6777 or go to www.reserveUSA.com.
Gorges State Park lies about 25 minutes from Brevard in the southern part of the county off N.C. 281. It offers primitive camping. For more detailed information about Gorges State Park and its camping opportunities, call (828) 966-9099 or go to www.ncparks.gov/gorges-state-park.
DuPont State Recreational Forest doesn’t allow camping, but several private campsites are located nearby. Overnight camping sites are also dotted along the French Broad River Paddle Trail. They require a fee and reservations. For more information, go to www.frenchbroadpaddle.com.
The following are other camping alternatives:
•The Adventure Village campground on Israel Road. Call (828) 862-5411 or go to www.theadventurevillage.com.
•At The Ridge Campin’ & Fishin’ campground in Balsam Grove. Call (828) 885-2267 or visit www.attheridge.com.
•Ash Grove Mountain Cabins & Camping on East Fork Road, south of Brevard, has campsites and cabins. Call (828) 885-7216 or go to www.ash-grove.com.
•The Black Forest Family Camping Resort is located on Summer Road in Cedar Mountain. Call (828) 884-2267 or go to www.blackforestcampground.com.
•Cedar Mountain Horse Camp is located at 1649 Solomon Jones Road in Cedar Mountain. Call (803) 730-9960 or (803) 521-3614 or go to www.cedarmtnhorsecamp.com.
•Pilot Cove is located at 319 Gateway Junction Dr., Pisgah Forest. Call (866) 758-2783 or go to www.pilotcove.com
•The Lazy “J” Campground is located at 1237 Parkway Road. Call (828) 966-3834 or go to www.lazyjcampground.com.
•Mountain Falls Luxury Motorcoach Resort is located at 20 Resorts Boulevard in Lake Toxaway. Call (828) 966-9350 or go to www.mtn-falls.com.
•The Panther Ridge RV Park is located on Slick Fisher Road in Lake Toxaway. Call (828) 553-8563 or go to www.pantherridgecampground.com.
•The Riverbend RV Resort is located in Lake Toxaway. Call (828) 966-4214 or visit www.riverbendrvresortnc.com.
Camping supplies and maps are available at: Bear Tracks Travel Center, 10932 Rosman Highway — call (828) 862-8992 or go to www.beartrackstravelcenter.com; The Hub and Pisgah Tavern, U.S. 276 in Pisgah Forest —call (828) 884-8670 or go to www.thehubpisgah.com; Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School, 3228 Asheville Highway — call (888) 284-8433 or go to www.foxmountainguides.com; Spud & Deb’s Dog Hunt Supplies & More, Capps Road in Pisgah Forest — call (828) 862-8725.
Leave No Trace
The following principles for campers were conceived by Leave No Trace, a program created to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors responsibly:
•Travel and camp on durable surfaces. Avoid damage to vegetation.
•Dispose of waste properly. Pack it out.
•Leave what you find. Leave rocks, plants, artifacts and other objects where you found them.
•Minimize use of fire. Use lightweight stoves. Use existing fire rings at campsites.
•Respect wildlife. Be considerate of visitors.
•For more information about Leave No Trace, go to www.Int.org.
Be Bear Aware
•Bears by nature are opportunists. Food odors and improperly stored garbage will attract bears to campground and picnic sites.
•Although they are naturally afraid of
humans, bears lose this fear as they begin to associate human scents with the reward of food. Protect yourself and protect bears by storing trash and food in safe locations.
•Never run away from a bear—back away slowly and make lots of noise.
•For more tips, visit www.fs.usda.
Flash floods can occur with little or no warning. Many occur after dark, when it is difficult to assess the severity of the conditions.
•Camping and recreating along streams and rivers can be risky if thunderstorms are in the area. A creek only six inches deep can swell to a 10-foot-deep raging river in less than an hour if a thunderstorm lingers upstream or nearby.
•When water rises at a campsite or recreation area, climb to higher ground immediately. Make safe choices. For more tips, visit www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc.