North Mills River Recreation Area & Campground


North Mills River Recreation Area is a secluded jewel for camping in NC. Each campsite is only a short stroll from the swift, cool, shallow waters of North Mills River. Swim, tube, or fish for Rainbow, Brook and Brown Trout in a beautiful, forested setting. Within 30 minutes you will find downtown Asheville, NC and Hendersonville. In this area, hiking, camping, fishing and biking are the summer activities of choice! Or visit the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site, located just up the mountain from the campground. Other campgrounds in the area include Davidson River and Lake Powhatan.  If you’re looking for outstanding hiking and mountain biking, look no further than North Mills River.

Experience some of the best single track biking trails in the southeast.  Check out a map of the area. Plan a visit to North Mills River and you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience.

Please Note: Purchase maps and guide books to this area by visiting our on-line store, The Forest Place.

Group camp site at North Mills River

Group camp site at North Mills River

Things to Do

Campground & Recreation Area Fees


Single Sites: Maximum Occupancy of 8 persons & 2 cars – $22
One Site with Full Hookups – $25 (first come, first serve basis)
Double Sites: Maximum Occupancy of 16 persons & 4 cars – $44
Limited Winter Sites: $11 (pit toilets only)
Small Group Campsites – $40

Federal Interagency Senior/Access discounts only apply to single standard site rate. Does not apply to any other items or services. Card holder must be present on site to use discount.

Only cash and checks accepted at this facility.  ATM available at shopping center within 6 miles.

Recreation Area:

Day use parking – non-commercial: $3
Oversized vehicles: $5 per vehicle (includes driver) plus .50 per person
Annual day use pass (non-commercial): $30
Annual passes after Labor Day: $15
Dump Station (non-registered campers): $10


  • Subway
    Mills River Restaurant
    Ingles Grocery Store just up the road