Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area campsites are cool-misty havens under an abundance of hemlock and hardwood shade. The South Toe River runs nearby with opportunities to fish, tube and swim.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: OpenĀ for the season
Operational Hours: Check-in and checkout time is 2:00p.m.
Reservations: For reservations:, or call 877-444-6777
Fees There are fees for camping and day-use. The site is operated by CFAIA. See CFAIA website.
Open Season: April 14th - October 30th
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Burnsville
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush toilets and showers
Operated By: Cradle of Forestry in America Campground Division

General Information


6000 Hwy 80S, Burnsville, NC 28714

General Notes:

For Reservations call: 877-444-6777 or go to

For general information:

Appalachian Ranger District
632 Manor Road
Mars Hill, NC 28754
(828) 689-9694 

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Day Hiking

Carolina Hemlock Trail: a beautiful one-mile nature trail for hikers that begins near the picnic area. Blazed in white, the hiking trail follows the South Toe River downstream and crosses NC 80.

Colbert Ridge Trail: The 3.8-mile trail passes rock outcrops and offers splendid views of the Black Mountain Range Crest and South Toe Valley

Nature Viewing

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