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Lodging and Camping

  • Mountain Express Guide to Accommodations
  • Bent Creek Lodge.  The place to go if you're willing to pay to eat and sleep in style.  Owned and operated by paddlers and cyclists.  Located about 15 minutes from downtown Asheville in a great area for mountain biking.  To get to there from downtown Asheville, take I-240 West to I-26.  Take Exit 2 (NC 191).  Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and then left again onto NC 191, and head south about three miles.  You'll be turning right onto a gravel road marked with a large stone bearing the words "Bent Creek Lodge."  This road is approximately seven-tenths of a mile past the turnoff to the North Carolina Arboretum and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Continue up the road to the lodge.
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  • Lake Powhatan USFS Campground (photo).  Sites are $14 / night.  Located about 15 minutes from downtown Asheville in a great area for mountain biking.  Open from April 1 to October 31.  Requires reservations a minimum of four days in advance during peak season (mid-May to October 31;  click the Lake Powhatan link to make a reservation online), and requires a two-day minimum stay on weekends (three-day minimum stays holiday weekends).  Includes hot showers and flush toilets.  To get to the Lake Powhatan campground from downtown Asheville, take I-240 West to I-26.  Take Exit 2 (NC 191).  Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and then left again onto NC 191, then head south two miles to the stoplight on Bent Creek Ranch Road.  Turn right and follow the signs and this road to the Lake Powhatan Recreation Area.
  • North Mills River USFS Campground.  Sites are $8 / night.  Located about thirty-five minutes from downtown Asheville in a great area for mountain biking.  Open from April 1 to October 31.  Requires reservations a minimum of four days in advance during peak season (mid-May to October 31;  click the North Mills River link to make a reservation online), and requires a two-day minimum stay on weekends (three-day minimum stays holiday weekends).   Does not include hot showers or flush toilets.  To get to the North Mills River campground from downtown Asheville, take I-240 West to I-26.  Take Exit 9 (Airport / Brevard Connector), turn right off the ramp and head South on NC 280.  Just past the intersection with NC 191 make a right at the stoplight onto North Mills River Road and follow it about five miles to the North Mills River Recreation Area.
  • Mount Pisgah NPS Campground.  Sites are $12 / night per site for two adults plus $2 for each additional adult.  Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway about forty minutes from downtown Asheville.  Open from early May to late October.  Campsites are first come, first served.  There are seventy tent sites and sixty-seven RV sites.  To get to the Mount Pisgah campground from downtown Asheville, take I-240 West to its merger with I-26.  Continue on I-26 East to Exit 2 (191 / Blue Ridge Parkway).  Turn left at light onto NC 191 South and drive 2.6 miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance.  The campground is located at mile marker 408.6.  Additional information is available on the Blue Ridge Parkway Camping Page and the NPS Camping Page.

  • Davidson River USFS Campground.  Sites are $15-18 / night.  Located near Brevard, about forty-five minutes from downtown Asheville in a great area for mountain biking.  Open from April 1 to October 31.  Requires reservations a minimum of four days in advance during peak season (mid-May to October 31;  click the Davidson River link to make a reservation online), and requires a two-day minimum stay on weekends (three-day minimum stays holiday weekends).   Includes hot showers and flush toilets.  To get to the Davidson River campground from downtown Asheville, take I-240 West to I-26.  Take Exit 9 (Airport / Brevard Connector), turn right off the ramp and head South on NC 280 all the way to its intersection with US 64 / 276 on the outskirts of Brevard.  Turn right at the stoplight onto US 276 and drive into the National Forest.
  • Free camping along the dirt road between Bent Creek and North Mills River.  15 to 45 minutes from downtown Asheville.  No showers, no toilets, no running water, lots of questionable company.  Follow the directions to the Lake Powhatan USFS campground, but instead of turning into the campground, continue on toward North Mills River.
  • The Duckett House.  Located in Hot Springs, about 45 minutes from downtown Asheville.  One of many rustic bed and breakfasts in Hot Springs.  Hot Springs is a popular place for weddings.  I know several paddlers who have been married at the Duckett House, for example, and another couple who were married on Max Patch but had their reception at the Rock House ().  The most unique bed and breakfast, however, has to be Elmer Hall's Sunnybank Inn (828-622-7206).  Extremely popular with AT through hikers, a stay at Elmer's includes a family-style vegetarian dinner and breakfast and a chance to converse with an extremely eclectic assortment of guests.  In a former life Elmer was a Methodist minister at Duke University;  his library is extensive.  Most find the Sunnybank Inn through word of mouth.  Here are some of those words:  Google Search on Elmer and the Sunnybank Inn.  And for the two of you who are chomping at the bit for pricier accommodations, here are a couple additional Hot Springs lodging options.
  • Rocky Bluff USFS Campground (828-622-3202;  open the Rocky Bluff file with the free adobe acrobat reader).  Sites are $8 a night.  Located outside Hot Springs, about 50 minutes from downtown Asheville.  Open May 1 to October 31, this campground has a short nature trail running alongside Spring Creek.  To get to the Rocky Bluff Campground from downtown Asheville, head north on US 19/23.  Take the US 25/70 (Marshall) exit.  Follow US 25/70 all the way to Hot Springs (this will require making a left turn to cross the Big Laurel).  Keep going straight when 25/70 turns and three miles out of town on NC 209 South.  To learn more, check out Gorp's Rocky Bluff page.  Other campgrounds in or near Hot Springs include the Hot Springs Campground, conveniently located on the French Broad just below the French Broad, Barnard to Hot Springs take-out, and the Silvermine Group USGS Campground (828) 622-3202.
  • Big Creek GSNP Campground.  Sites are $12 / night.  Located just upstream of the Upper Big Creek take-out and the Lower Big Creek put-in, about an hour from downtown Asheville.  The campground is also minutes away from the Pigeon River Dries take-out and the Pigeon River Gorge put-in.  Open from mid-March to the beginning of November.  There are only twelve campsites and they're very nice, so they're in high demand.  To get to the Big Creek campground from downtown Asheville, take I-240 West to I-40 West.  Follow I-40 all the way to the first TN exit (Exit 451, Waterville).  Turn left at the bottom of the ramp, pass under I-40, follow the road over the bridge, turn left and head up the Big Pigeon.  The road will turn to follow Big Creek at its confluence with the Big Pigeon, crossing Big Creek twice.  Continue on to the parking lot at the road's end.  The campground has its own parking lot just upstream of the main parking lot.  For more information visit the NPS's Great Smoky Mountains Camping Page.
  • Cataloochee Creek GSNP Campground.  Sites are $12 / night.  Located about an hour from downtown Asheville.  Open from mid-March to the beginning of November.  There are twenty-seven sites at the main campground and three sites at a nearby group campground that hold twenty-five people each.  The group campsites book very early every year.  To get to the Cataloochee campground from downtown Asheville, take I-240 West to I-40 West.  Follow I-40 to . . .  For more information visit the NPS's Great Smoky Mountains Camping Page.  Though about a half hour further from Asheville, another option is the Cosby GSMNP Campground, which is much larger than either the Big Creek or Cataloochee campgrounds (175 sites).  It too is open from mid-March to the beginning of November;  sites are $14 a night.
  • Linville Falls NPS Campground.  Sites are $8 / night per site for two adults plus $2 for each additional adult in the winter (November 1 - April 30, campground closed when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed) and  $8 / night per site for two adults plus $2 for each additional adult in the summer.  Located just upstream of the Linville Gorge put-in, about 75 minutes from downtown Asheville.  Campsites are first come, first served.  There are fifty tent sites and twenty RV sites.  To get to the Linville Falls campground from downtown Asheville by the quickest route, take I-240 East to I-40 East.  Follow I-40 East to Exit 81, then Sugar Hill Road toward Marion.  Be alert for the right turn onto the on ramp leading to US 221 North.  Follow US 221 North to right onto NC 183 in the "town" of Linville Falls.  You'll know you've gone too far if you cross under the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Take NC 183 to the Blue Ridge Parkway Spur (less than two miles).  The campground entrance will just past the left onto the spur.  The most scenic route from Asheville to the Linville Falls Campground is on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Take I-240 to exit 7.  Turn left when you can to head east on the ramp down to Tunnel Road.  Follow Tunnel Road east about two miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance.  The campground is located near mile marker 316.3.  Additional information is available on the Blue Ridge Parkway Camping Page and the NPS Camping Page.

  • Mortimer USFS Campground.  Located 5.3 miles upstream of the Wilson Creek Gorge put-in, about 100 minutes from downtown Asheville.  Sites are $4 / night from April 1 to October 31, free during the winter.  Twenty-three sites, no reservations or minimum stays required.  Vault toilets, running water in season (4/1-10/31).  From Asheville, take I-40 East to Exit 100 (Jamestown Road). Turn left off the exit ramp and drive 3.4 miles to the "T" intersection with NC 181 North (the name of the road you'll be on will change from Jamestown Road to Independence Boulevard at a stoplight just beyond a very impressive carbon mill).  Turn left onto 181 North and drive 10.7 miles to Brown Mountain Beach Road.  Bear right onto Brown Mountain Beach Road.  Drive 5.0 miles to the Adako Road Bridge over Wilson Creek (I believe the name of the road you are on changes to Adako Road at this bridge!).  Turn left onto USFS 1328 and

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