8.9 Excellent
     
Brevard, North Carolina

Davidson River Campground, USFS

Brevard, North Carolina


Brevard, North Carolina
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Sites: 164
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.28216627894
Longitude: -82.721729278564

Elevation: 2155' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi yes
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Sprint Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Sprint
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-stream Waterfront Waterfront yes-stream
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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20 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

There is NO WATER at the site. But, you can fill up your fresh water tank just to the left as you pull in. The front staff are unbelievable and truly love their jobs. They staffed the front gate, I believe, 24 hours. We were passing through from Myrtle Beach and stayed one night. We loved this place so much that we are going to stay two nights next year. The bike/hiking path is awesome and runs right along the river. Easy access to grocery stores, Dolly's ice cream and quite a few restaurants if you aren't cooking. The bathhouses are small. In the sycamore loop, there is only one shower for each sex and one bathroom stall. It could be different in other loops. The water thing was strange for us, but we knew ahead of time and were only staying the one day. We actually didn't have a plug in the bottom of our freshwater tank, so we weren't able to fill and it was actually fine. We used the bathhouse and bought jugs of water at the grocery for drinking. This place is so beautiful, I really recommend. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Sycamore 002
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you're up for some adventure, drive up to sliding rocks. It's a waterfall that you can slide down like a water slide. The water at the bottom is freezing, it's easy to get out and lifeguards are there until 6pm. It's $2 per person to slide but you can go for as long as you want. We ALWAYS stop here on our way back home. Also, you have to try the ice cream at Dolly's. You'll pass it on your way in.

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Review Count: 99
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground is fairly level and mostly on the floodplain of a mountain river. Heavily forested, typical eastern deciduous mixed, very biodiverse. Sites are back-in, generously spaced. All sites are paved, but you are allowed to pull onto the level graveled site when the asphalt ends. Most sites are for dry camping, although a limited number have 30/50 amp service. No water hookups anywhere. Fill your tank at checkin or fill containers at numerous nearby spigots. The closer you camp to the river, the noisier it will be (jogging trails, tubers, waders, and US 276 traffic). More families with children at back of campground due to swimming area. Good wifi service at the overflow parking kiosk. Away from there, wifi is sporadic to absent. DTV surprisingly good. Most major networks. Sprint service was 3 bar for phone, 1x for data. Great bicycling on park road system and the Loeb trail. Guard gate strictly enforced. No campground cruisers here. People unbelievably friendly. Concession employed hosts and staff were some of the best we've encountered in ten years of camping. Apparently good trout fishing in the Davidson River. Dark, quiet, cool at night. No AC needed. Lots of pets, but a well organized "pick up the poo" effort keeps the park clean. Convenient to Brevard. We would camp here again in a heartbeat. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Carl Sandburg NHS in Flat Rock was historically informative. Brevard has lots of eats. Blue Ridge Parkway was beautiful.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Most sites are dry and no power but spacious sites and lovely environs. Bathhouse older and federal govt so.they are hard to keep clean. Lots of trails and river in campground. Close to town. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

They have 160 sites. 12 are for host. 32 are double sites, so you must rent both sites to stay in them. 28 are first come, but two of those are closed! The rest are reservation required, although I was told that if a site has not been reserved by 4 day out that it would become available for drive up. I strongly suggest that you make reservations ahead of time as they are often booked up. It is still to me a shame that they have made so much of it reservable, kinda ruins it for us locals, plus when you make reservations be prepared to pay an additional $10.00 for processing. Another thing is even though we have used them for years and Saturday night nothing was said, but Sunday Mr. Rules and regulations came by and said we could not use our smudge pots! So no citralla candles, tiki torches, ECT. This is not posted on any brochure or their rules and regulations posted on bulliten boards throughout the park. Over all nice place to stay but staff is very anal about everything. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Tent.

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the best maintained USFS areas I've seen. Roads and parking pads are paved and sites are level. Very generous spacing between sites, though you will see your neighbors. In the off-season (including late March), the majority of the campground is closed so everyone was concentrated in the front three loops and it filled up during nice weather. Bathrooms are a little old, but the push-button showers are nice and hot. Weak Verizon signal only works for text messages. Free WiFi if you hang around the gatehouse or amphitheater. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is in a wonderful location in the Pisgah National Forest. If you like to hike, motorcycle, float, view waterfalls and camp in a more rustic setting you will love this campground. There are multiple loops with a wide variety of sites. The first loop nearest the entrance has electric hookups. The other loops have a very limited number of electric hookups and those sites require reservations. You can creek swim in the campground or travel 8 miles to Sliding Rock to slide and swim in a wonderful setting. There are numerous opportunities to hike. The Blue Ridge Parkway is close by and the ride southbound will give you excellent views. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
96
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Jakes Rock trail located at the NC Wildlife Center was a beautiful hike. DuPont State Forest nearby offers trails to many scenic waterfalls. Water in the campground available at the dump station on the way in.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

One of our favorite campgrounds despite electric only and some bathroom issues. Beautiful, roomy, level, wooded campsites with plenty of level hiking and paved biking opportunities and a short ride to Blue Ridge Parkway. Excellent ranger station close by, as well numerous hiking, biking trails and waterfalls. You can bike from campground right into Brevard on paved bike path. Town of Brevard is just outside the campground and has all you'll need for restaurants and groceries. No cell coverage except in the central parking lot and just outside the camp. Horrible (dated and not very clean) bathrooms and push-button showers. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Tent Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my tent trailer
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

Huge campground with multiple loops, but you'd never know it when staying in any of the loops. We were in a loop with lots of foliage cover and privacy. We had planned on only staying a couple days but enjoyed our stay so much we extended it. It was quiet during the weekend, but when the weekend arrived it did get busier with families and kids on bikes. Showers were spacious and very clean. Our loop had two bathrooms, although we were told the shower in one of them had no hot water. Limited or no cell service but wifi available in the parking area near the amphitheater. Would definitely return if we find ourselves in the area again. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Lots of things to do and see in the area. Nearby Brevard had shopping and services and the national forest has hiking trails as well as the Cradle of Forestry historic site.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

Davidson River Campground is located in the edge of the Pisgah National Forest, next to the Davidson River. The campground has several loops with some electric only sites. Most sites have no hookups. A dump station is available with potable water available at the station. The sites are shaded and spacious with trees and forest separating them from each other. Campground staff patrol the grounds at night and enforce quite times. We have enjoyed several stays at Davidson River and will return in the near future. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 219
States Visited: 50
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

WOW! Can't believe it has been so long since somebody last reviewed this one. Rate reflects the power loop (50 amp), which is $6 over the base $22 rate for dry camping. Extremely beautiful CG with very long paved parking pads and roomy sites which are well separated and very easy to back into. Wi-Fi is available in a small central area of the CG. Cell service is very weak to nonexistent. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Although the staff and the campground is very good, I did not give it 10 because only 1 of their loops have electric hookup. It was full at this time. I am pretty sure that it is full most of the time. It is the loop closest to the front gate. So all other loops have no power available. Therefore, you bring generator or just use battery power for lighting. No AC refrigerator, no AC, no heater, no charging ability for phone, camera, computer. Also, No WiFi and a very faint cell reception. I was able to sent text but no calls. So consider that for emergency family contact issues. Other than that, the area is beautiful. Hwy 276 is top notch leading you north to the Blue Ridge Pkwy. Hwy 280 is 4 lane. Hwy 64 is 2 lane. I recommend getting there via 280 if getting there from I-26. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of my favorite campgrounds due to the location and things to do in the area. Many trails leave right from the campground, both hiking and biking trails. Hiking, biking, waterfalls, fishing, swimming, Brevard and the Blue Ridge Parkway are just a short drive away. Sliding Rock is near, and for just $1 you can slide as much as you wish. In the summer the campground is a busy and crowded place with kids, and lots of them. Kids running, kids yelling, kids riding their bikes, BUT, quiet hour is enforced. If you prefer to be away from the children, get a site towards the back of the campground and away from the river-front sites. The staff here this trip went strictly by the book as far as rules are concerned. The bathrooms, including showers were cleaned every day, but the showers were hit and miss as to which ones had consistent hot water and good water pressure. There are very few sites with electric and water, but don't count on snagging one of these on a weekend unless you get here mid-week and stay through the weekend. In most loops you can run a generator 4 hours per day from 8am to 8pm. The roads are paved and are most sites can accommodate big rigs. Some sites have privacy, but others do not. You just have to drive around and find a site that suits your needs or desires. I have camped here in the winter and summer: there is no bad time to make this campground a destination. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

This is clean, well maintained campground with plenty of room between sites. The hosts were helpful and friendly. Interior roads and sites are paved. The campground is located under a dense forest canopy probably making satellite reception difficult. Since the campground is located in a narrow canyon, there is no off-the-air TV or AT&T cell service (probably no others either), so bring a good book. Its like you are in the middle of nowhere, but you are only a few miles from town. All the sites are level and most will accommodate a large RV. Only a few sites have electric. The whole campground is level, making casual bike riding enjoyable. A trout stream runs next to the campground and many sites face the stream. We used our Senior Pass for a 50% discount off the regular $20 fee plus $5 for electric. We enjoyed our stay and would camp here again. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 79
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

We have camped at this campground for many years, and indeed, were campground hosts during the ‘90’s. However we have not rated it previously, but feel necessary to do so since now as there have been changes to the park recently: namely, Sycamore Loop now has 50/30/20 amp electric service which has not been addressed in previous reviews. Normal rate for our electric site is $25; we paid $15 with Golden Age Passport. This is a prime National Forest “family” campground. Loud noises and late parties are not tolerated. Between early May and November 1 the entrance station is manned 24 hours/day providing security. Generator use is allowed but restricted to 4 hrs per day between 7am and 8pm. There are 161 sites in 9 loops well spaced adjacent to the Davidson River, well known for its trout fishing. Some campsites are close to the river. Most sites in the park can accommodate RV’s up to 40-45 ft long, are 30-40 feet wide and have bushes or trees affording some privacy. Each loop has a campground host to assist campers and clean sites among other duties. There is satellite reception on some sites, and very weak cell phone service (sometimes) in the park. Within 5 miles is shopping at well-known stores and the quaint town of Brevard, known for their white squirrels, college, music school and downtown shopping. Along U.S. 276 which borders Davidson River and provides a route through the forest to Waynesville: are waterfalls, foot trails, horse rentals, fishing, tube and bike rentals, the North Carolina Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Center. Approximately 10 miles from the campground is the Cradle of Forestry Historic Site. Here are historic buildings built in the late 1800’s where Dr. Carl Schenck, the forester hired by George Vanderbilt to manage his forest, started the first school of modern forestry in the U.S. The modern visitor center provides an interactive display of forest management, and the entrance to the interpretive trails. Because of the amenities of the campground and the surrounding activities this is a “destination” campground for many visitors. There is a 14 day stay limit. Some sites are open year round. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2008 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

There are sites with electric/water, however they are not usually available during peak season as the campground hosts occupy them. In the off season, a couple of the loops are closed off. Most of the sites are big and roomy and allow some privacy. The sites in the White Oak and Laurel loops are the most private. The Poplar Loop is tent (walk-in) only. The campground hosts were very helpful and friendly as well as the resident ranger. The bathrooms were very clean, but unheated. The showers were clean, but the one I went to did not have a curtain up for privacy. Lots to do in the area. Biking, hiking, waterfalls, sightseeing and the Ranger station across the road has a gift shop with an exhibit area of the forest and wildlife which is very informative. Shopping in Brevard is only 3 miles away. Excellent campground!! We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Travel Trailer.

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