Sick of concrete canyons, city noise and claustrophobic cubicles? Escape to the mountains and feel the fresh air, listen to the chirping of birds and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of camping in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.

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 as it is located in a spectacularly beautiful part of the world. Check out some of our camping opportunities below!

“We’re a camping family and the campgrounds in Madison County offer different experiences depending on what kind of camping you want to do. One thing is always the same though, the nature and people keep us coming back every summer.

-Dave R.

Camping in Madison County, NC

3Feather Sanctuary

If you yearn for an authentic outdoor experience, where the symphony of crickets lulls you to sleep and the scent of nature fills the air, then this campground is your ticket to blissful serenity. Find out more

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Creek Ridge Campground

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

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Hot Springs Campground

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

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Laughing Waters Family Campground

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

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Meadow Fork Campground

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

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Rocky Bluff Campground

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

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*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!

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Rafting in Madison County

It’s time to make a big splash on your next vacation! Let the cool water of the French Broad River wash away your worries as you embark on your next adventure in these wonderous mountains. Find out more

Festivals in Madison County

Plan your visit around one of the annual festivals in Madison County. Take a peak at our calendar to see what you won’t want to miss! Find out more

Learn about Madison County’s heritage

Take a step back in time and learn about the fascinating history of Madison County and how it became what it is today. Learn about Madison County’s role in the Civil War, visit a museum or check out some of our opportunities in agritourism. Find out more