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Old 08-04-2015, 10:43 PM   #15
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I know the area and took wife tent camping there.

Thank you!

Exactly the kind of info we seek.


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Old 08-07-2015, 11:16 PM   #16
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I believe there is disbursed camping in the national forests. I have not done any; normal national forest campgrounds seem to fit our needs. Our favorite is Sherando Lake, site A29 or A30. Cost is $10 after the senior discount. You could also camp at North River for only $5 per night.

We have a 24 ft Tradewind and this works fine. For boondocking smaller is better so you might look for a Caravel, Globetrotter or Safari (17-22ft). Take a good look at all of them and buy the best one that you can afford and just go camping.

Solar is really not needed. We can easily go 5 days on our 2 golf cart batteries.

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Old 08-08-2015, 01:01 AM   #17
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Here is a link to Dispersed Camping in North Carolina from the National Forest Website:
National Forests in North Carolina - Camping & Cabinsispersed Camping

Not sure what is in your area as we are on the other side of the country! Good luck finding just what you want!
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Old 08-08-2015, 06:26 AM   #18
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Jacob B is in the right part of the world - National Forests vs. National Parks. I've stayed in Shining Rock area in the past as well. Also check out this web site:
National Forests in North Carolina - Camping & Cabinsispersed Camping
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Old 08-08-2015, 06:53 AM   #19
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Thanks for the additional insights and links.


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Old 10-13-2015, 07:43 AM   #20
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We have tent camped extensively in Pisgah Nat. Forest. There are numbers of roads you can explore between Brevard and Waynesville
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Great spot, have back packed into this area before and found it somewhat rugged but beautiful. There are several pull off spots to drag a trailer but I'd have to revisit this location without the 23FB to determine if it's feasible to use.

Like you, it seems a majority of the "user friendly" NF boondocking locations are out west on BLM land. Having visited CO many times (my bro lives in Arvada) to back country camp and fish, boondocking spots are everywhere! Doesn't seem like much here in the SE. Susy and I are quickly getting tired of the pay campsites - too congested, noisy and downright unappealing with the "good" campgrounds (Davidson River) booked out infinitum. Struggling to reserve a spot at the end of this month near Asheville we have come to the conclusion that boondocking may be the way to go. I'll monitor this thread for any finds that may pop up as well as investigate some locations when we're in NC (we visit regularly). And as always, anyone that wants to share a find please feel free to message me on the downlow!

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Old 10-27-2015, 02:44 PM   #21
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are you referring to Elkmont? We just stayed there, and then at Smokemont. Electric and water; dump stations at both. Spots are quite close together. I liked Elkmont better.
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Susy and I were in Candler at the KOA last week and drove over to Brevard via 276 Thursday morning. The road being mentioned in Pisgah NF is Yellow Gap Rd. We drove approx 2 miles back before deciding we would not pull our 23FB back there due to it being narrow and rough. During the 2 mile incursion never saw a pull off/turn around that would accommodate a tow/trailer rig.

I not so jokingly said we should just buy a piece of property we can camp on without all the hassles of regular campgrounds.

Will keep looking in the area on the next visit.


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