Burnsville, NC Pisgah National Forrest

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Black Mountain Campground is the largest campground we have stayed at so far. There are sites for RVs, groups, and 46 primitive tent sites. I was a little nervous about staying at this campground for that reason, (we like camping to get away from tons of people and noise), but we ended up truly having a wonderful time. Black Mountain Campground is in very close proximity, (5.7 mi hike), to the summit of Mount Mitchell. It is located along the South Toe River, which we loved because the boys could run over to the creek to play. There are *clean* bathrooms and showers! There is also firewood available for purchase from the camp hosts who were very friendly.

We stayed at tent-only site #9. I chose this site because of it’s location near the river. This site is located toward the end of a loop and next to the bathrooms. We did not find it’s proximity to the bathroom to be an issue because the site is surrounded by trees. We were also close to a water spigot and bear safe trashcans. If we come to this campground again, I would probably choose spots 5 or 6, directly across from ours. They have great tree cover and are a little closer to the river.

Site #9 ⬆️
Site #9- bathrooms are behind the trees ⬆️

Site #9 also had a couple of decent trees to hang our hammock, which I failed to get pictures of. The boys had a great time lounging around, or tackling each other, in it during the day.

Site #6⬆️

The road turns into a loop just past sites 5-9. Toward the back of the loop there is a short path leading down to the water. This area is absolutely beautiful. We were usually by ourselves when we ventured down there.

Path to the water⬆️

There were a lot of other kids camping near our site. The boys had so much fun playing frisbee and running all over the place with their new found friends. A lot of kids brought bikes and scooters. There is a large wide open grassy area that had a volley ball net and some soccer and footballs. There is a trail through the woods behind the bathrooms next to our site that leads to this area of the campground.

The day we went to Mount Mitchell it ended up being rainy and cloudy off and on. We did not do the 5.7 mile trail from the campground. We drove and did the Balsm Nature Trail.

Despite the rain, Darrell still managed to get the fire going and it cleared up just in time for us to make and enjoy a lovely dinner. I could never give this man enough credit, he’s a good one.

There are lots of other hiking trails around Black Mountain Campground that we would like to check out next time. Even though this was a much larger campground than we are use to, there wasn’t a problem with noise or rowdy campers. We really enjoyed it and would definitely consider going back. Everything was kept clean and the hosts were very knowledgeable about all the actives to do in the area.