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NORTH MILLS RIVER, NC

part ofNational Forests in North Carolina, US Forest Service
Photo: NORTH MILLS RIVER
Status: Closed through Tue Mar 31 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

North Mills River Campground is a rustic mountain getaway in Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. Located just outside the popular city of Asheville, the campground provides access to a variety of cultural and natural attractions, including an arboretum, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and numerous hiking, fishing and mountain biking opportunities.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated in the Appalachian Mountains at an elevation of 2,200 feet. The surrounding land boasts mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls and slopes densely forested with hardwoods. The group camping area is adjacent to the beautiful, shallow waters of the Mills River.

Recreation:

The forest is known for its hiking and mountain biking trails, several of which are near the campground. Mills River offers excellent trout fishing, as well as tubing and swimming, which are kid-friendly favorite activities. Visitors wishing to learn more about the area can attend educational programs during the summer.

Facilities:

This is a relatively small facility with campsites organized into two loops on opposite sides of the river. Sites are mostly shaded and lie within a short distance of the water.

The facility provides picnic tables, tent pads, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills, in addition to restrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. Campers can purchase ice and firewood and rent tubes on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

Several natural and cultural attractions are within close proximity to the campground. Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway are among the most popular sites. The small town of Brevard offers various amenities and services, and visitors can take a trip to Asheville to visit art galleries, music venues, shops and restaurants.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Ice
  • Lantern Posts
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Tent Pads
  • Tubing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Hiking
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • Tents must be on the gravel.
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites
  • Open year-round; limited services from Nov. to Mar.
  • Limit 2 tents and 2 vehicles per site; $3 additional vehicle fee collected on-site
  • 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):
35.40722, -82.64583
35°24'26"N, 82°38'45"W

From Asheville, take U.S. Highway 280 west to North Mills River Road. Follow North Mills River Road to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

NORTH MILLS RIVER
5289 N. MILLS RIVER ROAD
MILLS RIVER  NC  28742

Phone Number:

Project Office: (828)890-3284
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