Campground & Recreation Area

Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area

8516 Highway 80 South
Burnsville, NC 28714

Open April-October

Reservations CANNOT be made by calling the office. To reserve the Pavillion, call 877.444.6777. Use the reserve link below or follow this step-by-step guide.
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Be lulled to sleep by the beautiful South Toe River at night while you fish, tube, swim and explore during the day!

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!


Standard/Interagency & Senior

Day Use:

Per Person – $5 / $2.50
Season – $25 / $12.50


Standard Campsite — $28 / $14


The large pavilion is right on the river and is perfect for groups of 30 people.
Large Pavilion (Full Day) – $70

Cash 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. Cardholder must be present on site to use discount.

Season Passes

Season passes are available. Click here to purchase.


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.

FIND Your Next Adventure

  • 31 Campsites
  • Modern Bath Houses with Hot Showers
  • Sites with River Access
Things to Do…
  • Swimming
  • Picnics
Please, be sure to #RecreateResponsibly so that your public lands can be enjoyed for generations to come!

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