Carolina Hemlocks Rec. Area

Be lulled to sleep by the beautiful South Toe River at night while you fish, tube, swim and explore during the day!


8516 Highway 80 South
Burnsville, NC 28714
Office Phone

(828) 675-5509

Reservations CANNOT be made by calling the office. Use the reserve link or phone number below.


Need help with reservations? Try this step-by-step guide.
Reserve the Pavilion


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Campground and Day-Use Updates:

Carolina Hemlocks is CLOSED FOR THE 2022 CAMPING AND DAY-USE  SEASON due to a systemic water system failure. FIND will serve as the liaison between the public and the US Forest Service as they work to resolve this issue. We all anticipate re-opening the site in April of 2023.

We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to getting this important and beloved recreation area open for the 2023 season.

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!

While getting “out there” and getting your hands dirty, make sure to do your part to recreate responsibly. Take a minute to visit our FIND forest friends and learn how!

Site Info.

Standard/Interagency & Senior

  • Day Use Per car: $5 / $2.50
  • Day Use Season: $25 / $12.50
  • Pavilion Rental: $70 / $70
    (Full Day)
  • Standard Campsite: $28 / $14.00
  • Showers: $5 / $5
  • Cash, and checks 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. Cardholder must be present on site to use discount.

Campground Map and Rules

Check out our other campgrounds and recreation areas!

Large Pavilion
The large pavilion is right on the river and is perfect for groups of 30 people.

  • Full Day–$60
  • Half Day–$30

FIND Adventure - On Site

  • 31 campsites
  • Modern bath houses with hot showers
  • Day use area for swimming and picnicking
  • Sites with river access
  • Check for Blue Ridge Parkway road closures in the area: Real-Time Road Closures


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. GPS: 35.80444, -82.20444

FIND Adventure - Off Site

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Being a campground host is an exciting opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, meet new friends and provide assistance and information to visitors.  

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