Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area & Campground

Due to water problems, the U.S. Forest Service has decided to close Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area at 5:00 pm on Friday, August 17 and it will remain closed for the rest of the season.   Stay at Carolina Hemlocks and experience some of the best camping in NC! The beautiful South Toe River runs alongside the campground, creating a great place to swim, trout fish and tube. The campground has sites available for both tents and RV’s, some sites with river views. Located in the Appalachian District of the Pisgah National Forest, Carolina Hemlocks is just a short drive from Mount Mitchell State Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Looking for a taste of the unique?  Asheville is only one hour away. Escape the hustle and bustle - Charlotte and Atlanta are only a few hours away.  Be sure to check out our other camping options at Black Mountain and Briar Bottom Campgrounds, just down the road. Camping in NC is the best way to spend a vacation, getaway or special occasion! To purchase maps and guide books to this area, please visit us online at The Forest Store. Visit Our Online Store

Things to Do

  • Weekend programs in the campground Memorial Day - Labor Day
  • Mount Mitchell State Park
  • Tubing on the South Toe River
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Artsy Asheville is only 1 hour away
  • Hiking trails


  • All 31 sites are first come, first served
  • Modern bath houses with hot showers
  • Day Use area for swimming and picnicking
  • Sites with river access
  • Campground Map
  • Campground Rules

Food & Shopping

  • Appalachian Java Cafe
  • Snap Dragon
  • Pig and Grits
  • Ingles, Westall & Sav-Mor in Burnsville

Reservation Info

Pavilion rentals from 8/17/17 to 10/30/17 will be canceled. The large pavilion is perfect for groups of 30 people. Reserve the pavilion now It can also be reserved  by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777.   Full Day $60 Half Day: $30 Campsites cannot be reserved.   They are first come, first served.  


Campsites: $22 Maximum Occupancy: 8 persons and 2 cars Day Use parking per vehicle: $5.00 Day Use Annual Pass: $25 Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted at this facility 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.

Location & Contact Info

Phone: 828-675-5509 GPS: 35.80444, -82.20444 From Asheville, North Carolina, take I-26 west to exit 9, onto 19 east toward Burnsville. Follow 19 to Micaville and turn right onto Highway 80. Follow 80 south approximately 8 miles to the Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area. 6000 Hwy. 80 S Burnsville, NC  28714 Open April - October