Find Sites

Find your spot

Find other facilities on map

For more information on Forest
Safety click here



part ofNational Forests in North Carolina, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Cove Creek Lower Group Camp is one of two group campsites nestled along Cove Creek in the lush forests of the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina. The facility can accommodate large groups of up to 60 people and offers year-round opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, fishing and picnicking in one of the most scenic areas in the state.

Natural Features:

The campground lies in Pisgah National Forest. The surrounding land boasts mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls and slopes thickly forested with hardwoods. The group camping area is adjacent to both Cove Creek and the beautiful Davidson River.

Visitors should note that creek crossing is required on the road leading to the campground. Heavy rains may temporarily make crossing impossible; a four-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle is recommended.


Campers can easily relax with a book or deck of cards in the shaded camping area, or seek out activities close by. The area is a hub for numerous hiking, backpacking and mountain biking trails, some of which can be accessed from the campground. Hikers can follow a trail along the creek that leads to a scenic waterfall. Great trout fishing is also available in the creek and river.

For visitors wishing to learn more about the area, interpretive programs may be available upon request.


The Lower Group Camp site can accommodate up to 60 guests at a time. The facility is shaded with plenty of room for tents and RVs. It is equipped with picnic tables, vault toilets, campfire rings and drinking water.

Nearby Attractions:

The city of Asheville, North Carolina, is about an hour away and offers numerous cultural attractions, art galleries, shops and restaurants.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Backpacking
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Lantern Posts
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Vehicles must cross a creek on the way to the facility; the creek rises during heavy rains, making crossing impossible; a high profile and/or 4x4 vehicle is recommended
  • The entrance gate must be kept closed at all times during your stay. It is the campers option to keep the gate locked during their stay. Campers are responsible for the lock, including replacement if lost or damaged.
  • The maximum number of people in this facility has changed. The occupancy is now 60.
  • Call 828-862-5960 within 5 days of arrival to obtain the gate code
  • Please bring garbage bags; visitors must remove their own trash
  • Camp only on the grass area; no structures or vehicles behind the wood split rail fence
  • 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
  • Campfires are only permitted in designated fire rings.
    • 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):
    35.29972, -82.81639
    35°17'59"N, 82°48'59"W

    From the Asheville airport, take Highway 280 west to the U.S. Highway 64/280/276 intersection at Pisgah National Forest. Turn north onto U.S. Highway 276. Go 4.5 miles to Forest Road 475A and turn left. Travel on 475A for 3 miles to the campground on the right.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    PISGAH FOREST  NC  28768

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (828)862-5960
    Discover and reserve camping, lodging, permits, tours and more at America's parks, forests, monuments and other public lands with Recreation.gov. Learn more about us, or about any of our agency partners below:
    Bureau of Land Management Federal Highway Administration National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Smithsonian Institution USDA Forest Service US Army Corps of Engineers US Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tennessee Valley Authority Bureau of Reclamation National Archives Records Administration