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part ofNational Forests in North Carolina, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Fri Oct 30 2015   Season Dates


Briar Bottom Group Campground is the perfect getaway for visitors to enjoy mountain scenery and easy access to hiking trails. The campground sits at the base of Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, in Pisgah National Forest.

Natural Features:

The campground sits at an elevation of 3,040 feet. The 6,684-foot Mt. Mitchell towers over the area, with several other high peaks of the Black Mountains nearby. The lush forest in this part of the Appalachian Mountains is rich with wildlife, plants and scenery.


With the South Toe River located near the campground, visitors will have no shortage of things to do, including picnicking, day hiking, scenic driving and trout fishing. Hikers will be pleased with a variety of trails from which to choose, including a leisurely half-mile walk through the forest or a challenging 5.6-mile hike up Mt. Mitchell.

The adjacent Black Mountain Campground has a playing field, volleyball courts and horseshoe pit available.


The facility has six separate campsites; each can accommodate up to 50 people. Sites are organized around a single loop with individual parking spurs, providing plenty of space for tents. The campground is equipped with flush toilets and campers can use coin-operated showers at the adjacent Black Mountain Campground. A campground host is available for visitor assistance.

Nearby Attractions:

Groups can easily head out for a day of scenic driving along Blue Ridge Parkway or hiking in Mount Mitchell State Park.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Campfire Circles
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Group Fire Ring
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Shelters
  • River Access
  • Rock Climbing
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Amphitheater
  • Convenience Stores
  • Dump Station
  • General Store
  • Horseback Riding
  • Tubing
Know Before You Go
  • This is a tent-only campground; no wheeled camping units or RVs permitted
  • Campground open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; notify campground of late arrivals by calling 828-675-5616
  • Campers must enter through Black Mountain Campground to reach this facility
  • Daily fees are for up to 50 people and 10 vehicles per site
  • No public address systems are allowed
  • This facility is located within a bear sanctuary; keep all food out of site in containers or locked inside a hard-sided vehicle, secure trash in provided bins and remove all food from area after eating
  • This campground is managed by the Cradle of Forestry In America Interpretive Association
  • Click here to learn more about the National Forests in North Carolina
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.75278, -82.22139
35°45'10"N, 82°13'17"W

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. Continue south approximately 12-14 miles to Mount Mitchell Golf Course. Turn right on South Toe River Road and follow signs to Black Mountain Campground. Campers must enter through the main gate at Black Mountain Campground to get to Briar Bottom.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:


Phone Number:

Project Office: (828)675-5616
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