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Davidson River Campground
The Davidson River area is located in Transylvania County, and is close to Brevard and Hendersonville. The area is easily accessible by car. Rivers and streams within the Davidson River area support a variety of fishing opportunities including backcountry trout fishing on Cove Creek, more accessible stream fishing on Avery and Looking Glass Creeks, and trophy brown and rainbow trout fishing on the Davidson River proper.
Davidson River Campground
Located in western North Carolina, 4 miles east of the town of Brevard. This campground is situated along the Davidson River. Facilities provided include fire rings, picnic tables, lantern posts, gravel tent pads, hot showers, and flush toilets. Popular activities include fishing, Hiking, biking, tubing and sight-seeing. Local attractions include Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, the State Fish Hatchery and the Cradle of Forestry Discovery Center.
Davidson River campground is open all year round.
The gate is open from 7am to 10pm daily.
The Davidson River Campground offers overnight camping for trailers and tents. Restroom facilities, drinking water, tent pads, grills, and a trailer dump station are available. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is a fee required to camp here.
The Cove Creek and White Pines Group Camps are available for larger groups through a reservation system (1-877-457-4023, Cradle Of Forestry In America). These facilities offer restrooms and drinking water. There is a fee and minimum group size required to camp here.
Primitive camping is allowed on Forest Service lands throughout the Davidson River area, except where signed “no camping”. Exceptions to this rule may occur along major Forest Service roads, where primitive campsites have been designated and signed to protect water quality and other natural resources.
*Reservations available year round* Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance. This campground requires a 2 night minimum stay on weekends (Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun). A 3 night holiday weekend rule applies (Fri/Sat/Sun or Sat/Sun/Mon). APPLE TREE Loop is available for reservations from Jan 1 - Dec 31. DOGWOOD, HEMLOCK and WHITE OAK Loops are available for reservations from
May 1 - Oct 30 Walk-IN sites are available year around. 24 hour a day assistance/security on site from 4/1 to 10/31. Recycling Center on site. Firewood and starter available for sale. Public telephone available. Domestic pets must be kept under control and quiet at all times.
Comments: This area is extremely popular among local anglers because of the diversity of fishing opportunities available. It is also extremely popular among mountain bikers, horseback riders, kayakers (high water only), hikers, and picnickers, so be aware that you will probably not be the only one using the area.
From the intersection of Highway 280/64/276, go north on Highway 276 for 1 mile. Follow signs to campground.
Access: From Asheville, follow Interstate 26 East to Exit 9 (Asheville Regional Airport) (or from South Carolina, follow Interstate 26 West to Exit 9). At Exit 9, follow SR 1419 past the airport, to the intersection with Highway 191. Turn left onto Highway 191, and follow to the intersection with Highway 280. Bear right onto Highway 280 and follow to intersection with Highway 276. Turn right onto Highway 276. This road follows the Davidson River upstream to the intersection with FS 475. Look for signs to the Pisgah Forest Fish Hatchery.
From the Blue Ridge Parkway, south of Mount Pisgah, turn onto Highway 276 and follow east towards Brevard. This portion of Highway 276 follows Looking Glass Creek to the intersection with FS 475.
Following FS 475 (from the intersection of Highway 276) accesses the upper Davidson River and Cove Creek. The Cove Creek Group Camp is located along this road, and the road to the camp also accesses upper Cove Creek. Unless you are camping at the group camp, you will need to park along FS 475 (there are several small parking areas) and walk up the road or creek. To access the upper Davidson River, simply follow FS 475 to the top of the mountain—the road follows the creek to its headwaters.
Turning onto FS 477 from Highway 276 accesses Avery Creek. FS 477 is the first gravel road on the right after you pass the Pisgah Ranger Station on Highway 276 (coming from Brevard). The White Pines Group Camp, and Avery Creek Horse Stables are located along this road. Once you reach the horse stables, it may be necessary to park in the small parking area and continue along Avery Creek on foot.
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