North Mills River Recreation Area is a secluded jewel for camping in NC. Each campsite is only a short stroll from the swift, cool, shallow waters of North Mills River. Swim, tube, or fish for Rainbow, Brook and Brown Trout in a beautiful, forested setting. Within 30 minutes you will find downtown Asheville, NC and Hendersonville. In this area, hiking, camping, fishing and biking are the summer activities of choice!

Other campgrounds in the area include Davidson River and Lake Powhatan.  If you’re looking for outstanding hiking and mountain biking, look no further than North Mills River.

Experience some of the best single track biking trails in the southeast.  Check out a map of the area. Plan a visit to North Mills River and you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience.

In-Season Facilities

  • April 1st - October 31st

  • Weekend programs Memorial Day – Labor Day

  • 31 standard sites, plus one site with full hookup (some reservation sites available)

  • Picnic tables, tent pads & fire rings

  • Hot showers and flush toilets in bathhouses

  • Firewood available for purchase: $6

Day Use Info

  • Day use parking: $4 (non-commercial)

  • Oversized vehicles: $5 per vehicle (includes driver) plus .50 per person

  • Annual day use pass: $30  (non-commercial)

  • Annual passes after Labor Day: $15

  • Dump Station: $10  (non-registered campers)


Camping Fees

  • Single Sites: $22 (Maximum Occupancy of 8 persons & 2 cars)

  • One Site with Full Hookups: $31 (first come, first serve basis)

  • Double Sites: $44 (Maximum Occupancy of 16 persons & 4 cars)

  • Limited Winter Sites: $11 (pit toilets only)

  • Small Group Campsites: $40


Things to Do

  • Schedule a private hiking or waterfall tour with the Pisgah Field School
  • Fishing, tubing and fly fishing on North Mills River
  • Neighboring Transylvania County offers some of the greatest biking trails in the country
  • Downtown Asheville, NC only 30 minutes away
  • DuPont State Recreational Forest is nearby

Contact Information

Call:  1-877-444-6777

5289 N Mills River Road
Horse Shoe, NC 28742

GPS: -82.6458, 35.4072

Elevation: 2250 Feet