Monday, June 8, 2015

Davidson River Campground(Pisgah National Forest), Pisgah Forest, NC

Date of Stay:  Tuesday June 2 – Monday June 8, 2015 (6 nights)

Rate:  $19/night (Access Pass discount)

Website:  Davidson River Campground
   1346 Pisgah Highway (use gps coordinates N35.28108 W82.72277)
   Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Description:  In the NC mountains close to the small town of Brevard and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We stayed in site 130 of Hemlock Circle which has 50A electricity but no water/sewer.  More than half of the sites here don’t have any electricity.  Along with each loop having a few fresh water spigots to fill your tank, there is a dump station near the exit with fresh water also.  All roads are paved and so are the parking pads.  The park is generally level especially for the mountains.  Very thick with trees so no satellite tv.  No cellphone (or internet) in the cg but good reception just a couple of miles down the road at the shopping center.  Swimming area in the cool waters of the shallow Davidson River.  Fly fishing and tubing are popular right at the entrance to the cg.

Trash and Recycle:  Each loop has a dumpster for garbage and two bins for recycle (plastic and aluminum cans).

Activities:  The Brevard area has been a favorite of ours for many years but this is the first time that we have stayed in Davidson River CG.  In the past when we had a 33 ft. MH, we stayed in Cascade Lake CG near the Dupont State Forest.  Davidson River CG is better suited for big rigs although there are some low branches that need trimming.  We wanted D&T to experience a little of what this area has to offer so I went hiking with them several times to some local water falls (Looking Glass Falls, Moore Cove Falls and Second Falls in Graveyard Fields).  Dan got his smoker out one day and we all enjoyed some good pulled pork.  We all enjoyed a ride up to the BRP and over to Courthouse Falls which is tucked away on Forest Service Road 140.  It was a very private setting near an other worldly waterfall.  Dupont State Forest is close by and a great place to spend a day on the trail.  We saw Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High Falls all on a four mile hike.  The town of Brevard has a vibrant downtown with several blocks of tourist shops if hiking trails aren’t your kind of thing.  The area is also known for white squirrels.  Even though we have camped in the area at least three times before, this is the first time that we have seen one.  Tricia found one at the birdfeeder of a camp host and we even saw one in a tree along side the road near Looking Glass Falls.  It’s just a magical place!

Hemlock Circle site 130  Our patio site 130
Hemlock Circle site 130

Foot bridge at Moore Cove Trail   Moore Cove Trail
Footbridge on Moore Cove Trail
Dan and Tricia at Moore Cove Falls  People behind the Falls  Dan standing behind Moore Cove Falls
Moore Cove Fall… yes you can easily walk behind it like Dan did

Graveyard Fields Trail  Nice trail at Graveyard Fields
Nice trail at Graveyard Fields on the BRP…
Many steps down and back up Nice platforms UGH!!  The steps go up!!
…but so many steps!

Tricia grinning! Tricia enjoying the rocks of Second Falls at Graveyard Fields T&D at Second Falls Graveyard Fields
Love all the rocks along Second Falls at Graveyard Fields
Tricia soaking it all in  Syl and Dan at Second Falls
Graveyard Fields is often crowded but we timed it right

Truck and Gin are still there!  Forest Road 140 can be interesting
Driving to Courthouse Falls can be an adventure in itself!
D&T at Courthouse Falls Courthouse Falls is other worldly Syl at Courthouse Falls
Courthouse Falls is such a private place

Hooker Falls  Dan at Hooker Falls
Hooker Falls in the Dupont State Forest
Syl, D&T at Triple Falls From the base of Triple Falls Triple Falls
Triple Falls in the Dupont State Forest
Dan and Tricia enjoy High Falls T&D at the Covered Bridge High Falls with the Covered Bridge at top
High Falls at Dupont State Forest has a covered bridge at the top of the falls

White squirrel  White squirrel
White squirrel at the feeder ran up the tree after a while

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