Area Status: Closed
** Important Note: This facility is closed until further notice**
The campground is nestled under a canopy of hemlocks and tall poplars. A rushing creek meanders 50 feet from the group campsite, which provides enough room for 50 people to set up tents.
Visitors to the campground can explore two trails, including portions of the Appalachian Trail. Other outdoor activities to enjoy are whitewater rafting and canoeing on the French Broad River and soaking in the warm, mineral springs of the nearby town of Hot Springs.
Once you rent the site you’re given a combination code to open the gate. A half mile behind the gate, you can picnic, camp and hike to your heart’s content without the disturbance of other campers.
From Hot Springs go east on U.S. 25/70 across the French Broad River bridge. Just after crossing the bridge, turn left onto SR 1304. Turn left at the first intersection and follow the road the the entrance gate.
The campground is named after the silver-mine that can be seen from the Pump Gap Trail. After hiking about 1.25 miles on the Pump Gap Loop Trail, you will find and abandoned silver-mine shaft on your left. The creek near the campground is called Silvermine Creek, because people panned for silver in the creek’s waters.