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COVE CREEK UPPER GROUP CAMP, NC

part ofNational Forests in North Carolina, US Forest Service
Photo: COVE CREEK UPPER GROUP CAMP
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Cove Creek Upper Group Camp is one of two group campsites nestled along Cove Creek in the lush forests of the Appalachian Mountains. 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 two creek crossings are required on the road leading to the upper group camp. Heavy rains may temporarily make crossing impossible; a four-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle is recommended.

Recreation:

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.

Facilities:

The Upper Group Camp site can accommodate up to 60 people at a time. The facility is shaded with plenty of room for tents and RVs. It is equipped with picnic tables, vault toilets, grills, 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
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • 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
  • Don't Move Firewood : Help protect our forests! Obtain your firewood near your destination to avoid the spread of pests. Using firewood from outside the area can threaten native trees and forests. Firewood from outside the area is not recommended as some states have quarantines in effect and firewood movement is illegal. Visit don'tmovefirewood.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:

COVE CREEK UPPER GROUP CAMP
1 DAVIDSON RIVER CIRCLE
PISGAH FOREST NC 28768

Phone Number:

Project Office:(828)862-5960
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