Just outside of Asheville, North Carolina lies a vast wilderness to explore. Whether you’re looking to do some rugged camping deep in nature or you want to enjoy a family camping trip in a dedicated campground, Madison County has something to offer you.

Madison County, North Carolina is located in a spectacularly beautiful part of the world. Many thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail claim that the Madison County section of the trail is one of their favorite parts of the entire 2,200 mile journey. One of the reasons for this is that the Madison County section of the Appalachian Trail hosts some of the most breath-taking, 360 degree mountain views. Check out some of our camping opportunities below!

The Hot Springs Campground, located in the town of Hot Springs, stretches along the banks of the French Broad River and is a short stroll from the Hot Springs Spa and Natural Mineral Baths. Find out more

Rocky Bluff Campground offers solitude in a wooded setting and is located 3 miles south of Hot Springs. The 1.2 mile Spring Creek Nature Trail circles the campground and meanders beside the creek, an excellent trout stream. Find out more

West of Spring Creek, The Meadow Fork cabins are an excellent option for campers who want to hold on to some comforts. Tent sites and RV spots with full hookups are also available. Find out more

Nestled along the shore of Spring Creek, campers can find an assortment of campsites for whatever kind of camping they desire. The Peka Shelters, in particular, are a great way to experience nature at the Creek Ridge Campground. Find out more

Private, fully set up campsites right on the French Broad River with 360 mountain views including Pisgah Forest. Working farm. Hiking trails. Nature’s Paradise. Find out more

Appalachian Trail Shelters

Madison County has access to a handful of the Appalachian Trail shelters that are open to the public. During a single year, thousands of thru-hikers will utilize these shelters during their trek but any courageous camper can see first-hand what it’s like to camp on the Appalachian Trail if they so choose. Resources are limited when camping on the Appalachian Trail so prepare accordingly!