Davidson River Campground is beautiful. There is a swimming spot that is in a river that is very fun. If you bring a floating tube you can float down the river but wait until the second bridge to get out of the river. There is Japanese food and a supermarket.
This is such a peaceful and tranquil campground, even with the lovely sounds of many children. I find such peace here, and really enjoy how close it is to great hiking, mountain biking and just walking thru the forest. I'd come here every year if I could. Terrific and kind camp hosts who try their best to help with any question you have.
We were shocked at the state of this facility. Having camped here regularly for the past 45 years, I was just so shocked at the deterioration in all areas of the campground. It was not the neat clean friendly place it was while under Forestry management. Sinks were not working, the camp looked like a logging site with downed trees and overgrown weeds. Truly was a sad site from the pristine pictures of the past. The first host we met was a woman with a child who to me was rude and threatening. She told us there were bears which have been present on and off through the years, then she said and we will evict you if you are not neat and safe. I was shocked after having told her we were very frequent campers there. Then we tried to check out earlier due to personal issues at home and no one could help us cancel our reservation for the upcoming weekend to release it for someone else to use. The gates are now closed at 8 instead of 10 and most of the volunteers seem to be extremely slack in the upkeep and maintenance of the park...Also with the poor land management we saw three snakes in the public areas, around all the downed wood and weeds. We know there are wild animals out there but have seen few since the park was kept so pristine in the past but the downed wood and weeds promotes them to come in closer and with all the children they have more cover and closer proximity to these small people. To say we believe the National Park Service needs to take back over is an understatement. And freaked out hosts due to COVID is not a friendly reception. The woman with the child needs to not return, she was rude and not helpful at all. PLEASE take back the care of the Campground NPS this was very sad to us after all the years of excellent experiences. and kind and friendly care. :'(…
We stayed at site 58 (Dogwood loop) in our pop-up at the end of August. Since the available photos online were taken, several large trees have fallen so we didn’t know that our site would be full sun until we pulled up. It was directly across from the bathhouse, which was convenient, but there was no privacy and the full sun made it very hot. The camp host wasn’t terribly warm but the gate staff was kind. The bathhouse itself was cleaned daily and in good condition. The sites were flat and some are more spacious than others. Most are heavily wooded and shaded. We will return but will stay on a different loop next time because we prefer shade and privacy.
Let me start by saying I generally do not enjoy camping. However, I can’t recommend this place enough. This is our fifth year. The restrooms are clean ( for camp grounds). At least 2 loops have new single stall showers. There’s a swimming hole, hiking trails, biking trails, stream stooping spots, fishing holes and it connects to the art lobe trail The staff is always attentive and wonderful. It’s very close to sliding rock, look glass falls, Moore’s falls, and Brevard.
Not user friendly with cancellations during COVID-19 stage two extension in NC I was charged $18 to cancel my reservation. NC continues in stage 2 and group activities are prohibited. I even called the campground. I won't book here again.
Apparently they have experienced a major root rot issue with the pines in the cg. At some areas, the trees were all cut down and very little clean up performed. It is particularly worse at the first loop in the right. While at your site, you’re staring at nothing but debris and downed trees. The hosts were all very nice. It’s a great location, close to Brevard. Unless your site is on the outermost edge closest to river, to get to the river you have to cut thru other people’s sites. It would be nice if they would make trails instead for accessing the river at various places.
Our camping experiences at Davidson River date back for over thirty years and have all been remarkable......except for our most recent overnight stay on October 20th, 2019. We were harassed about vacating our camp site 20 minutes PRIOR to the actual check-out time, although we had been approved for a 1 to 2 hour late check-out on that very morning. We had reserved two nights for Saturday and Sunday (October 19th and 20th) but wound up only staying on the 20th because of rain on the 19th. Due to the fact we missed out on one night's stay and we wanted a little longer to enjoy our time there, I made a phone call to the front gate around 10 o'clock in the morning on the 21st - our check-out day - inquiring about check-out time and asking if there was anyway to have a late check-out. The lady that answered the phone told me that 12 noon was the actual check-out time but that she would ask the manager, who was there with her, about a late check-out. She returned to the phone and asked me how much longer I wanted to stay. I replied that an extra hour or hour and a half would be nice. I was told that would be fine but that if we stayed past 2 pm we would be charged for an extra day. Then, at 11:40 am, a lady and gentleman arrived to our camping site on a golf cart saying that check out time was in 20 minutes. (One of the hosts at the campground later told me that this lady's name was Rebecca and she was an assistant manager, but I cannot confirm this.) I replied to the lady on the golf cart that I had just talked to someone at the front gate earlier that morning and had been told we could have a late check out. The lady stated that she was the one I had spoken with earlier but that she thought I had "extenuating circumstances" - which I had NEVER stated and she never asked! The lady went on to say that we had 20 minutes to clear the camp site, while gesturing multiple times with her hands waving about toward our tent, which was still set up. I told her that as soon as my husband returned from the restroom we would begin to vacate our site. We checked out at 1:10 pm, within the time frame that was initially approved that morning. We did not see anyone waiting at the gate for check-in at that time. This was on a Monday and the campground was overflowing with vacant campsites. If we had been told that a late check-out was not possible, we would never have had this issue and we would have checked out promptly by 12 noon. However, to have been approved for a late check-out, then to be approached 20 minutes PRIOR to the normal check-out time, and in the manner the lady talked to me (rude), is disappointing and unacceptable in my opinion.…
Camped here 4 nights in a class c. Had electricity with tv reception, no internet. Surprised how many sites at this campground. Sites are very nice, all had table, fire pit, lamp pole and level. Plenty of bathrooms in each area. Nice path along river to swim area. Nice area to swim in river. Very nice hosts. Campground is very close to everything.
This is a beautiful campground with lovely sites, most of which are very large and private. There are lots of some sites that are pull-throughs, which are the least private sites. For the most peaceful and quiet sites, select sites near the rear of the park, opposite the river, since, unfortunately, the main highway running from Brevard to the BRP runs right along side of it, creating tons of traffic noise. We stayed in the White Oak loop, near the back corner and loved it. Could not hear the traffic, and close to the entrance. Make sure you bring trashbags; there are only dumpsters at the entrance to each loop, no individual cans around loop, which we like, actually! Bears are in the area so be aware of that. I would have given this park 5 stars except the shower and water in the ladies restroom was warm. Not fun taking a shower in 45 degree weather, in a restroom without heat, and right open to the outside ( no glass windows, just screen). I survived. Your kiddos will cry! 25 minutes from blue ridge parkway, lots of amazing hikes and waterfalls, super friendly hosts and rangers are other positives. These are also the reasons why this campground is (apparently) almost always packed on the weekends. We was full the 3rd weekend of October when we visited. Some of the photos are of the BRP.…