Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area & Campground

Opening June 15, 2020.
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!

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Things to Do


  • Opening June 15, 2020.
  • April 15 – October 31, 2020.
  • 31 Sites
  • Modern bath houses with hot showers
  • Day Use area for swimming and picnicking
  • Sites with river access
  • Campground Map
  • Campground Rules

Reservation Info

Reserve your campsite at Carolina Hemlocks Now!Reservations can also be made by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777.

Reserve the Pavilion Now

The large pavilion is perfect for groups of 30 people.

Full Day $60 – Half Day $30

Check for Blue Ridge Parkway road closures in the area: Real-Time Road Closures

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


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.

Protect the Hellbenders

Photo by Lori Williams

Did you know that the South Toe River is home to one of the world’s largest salamanders?  The Eastern Hellbender is sometimes called ‘water dog,’ ‘devildog’ or ‘Alleghany alligator.’  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has designated the hellbender as a species of Special Concern, and because of this listing, it is illegal to kill, harm, harass, collect or sell them.  There are things that you can do to help protect the ancient salamander. Refrain from moving rocks in the river as these rocks provide shelter for hellbenders.  If you are fishing and happen to catch one on hook and line, carefully remove the hook if it is safe to do so without harming the animal or cut the line as close as possible and return it back to the water.

Watch this short video for an intimate glimpse of  “The Last Dragons”.

If you spot a hellbender, please report it to the NC Wildlife Commission at  You can also call the NC Wildlife Commission’s Wildlife Interaction Helpline at (866) 318-2401 to provide details of the observation.