Harmon Den Area


Harmon Den is on the Appalachian Ranger District in the vicinity of exit 7 off of  I-40. The area is a haven for hikers and horseback riders. It offers 54.5 miles of trails with 14.2 miles of trails designated for horseback riding and 40.3 miles for hiking.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Opens Memorial Day

General Information

General Notes:

Leave No Trace

  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Camp away from trails and water.
  • Minimize campfire impacts.
  • Respect wildlife. Don't feed them.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, contact: (800) 322-4100 or visit www.int.org

General Notes:

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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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

Dispersed Camping

Recreation areas with activity Dispersed Camping:

Backcountry/Dipeursed/Primitive Camping

If you are seeking to disperse camp other places, there are no permits nor costs required. This is also referred to as “dispersed” and “primitive”. It is “first come, first serve” basis. The rules and policies are as follows: 

o Hike ¼ mile from trailhead

o 100 ft from the trail itself

o 100 ft from a water source

o ¼ mile away from any developed rec area

o Keep campfires small, confined, and never unattended. Do not bring in outside wood. Be sure to completely and safely extinguish flames and coals before departure. 

Roadside/Dispersed Camping

On the following USFS Roads, you may ONLY park in designated spots – these are denoted by a small brown wooden sign with a white triangle (representing a tent)

• 148 Cold Springs Creek Road- Hot Springs/Harmon Den Area

• 74 Big Ivy- Barnardsville

• 2074 Neals Creek- Burnsville

• 472- South Toe River Road (Southern) – Burnsville (Closed due to storm damage)


Roadside camping is allowed along any other FS road as long as: 

• The vehicle is completely off of the road

• You are not imposing any natural resource or archaeological area

• You do not stay longer than 14 days

• You are at least 100 ft from any water source

These sites are designated to minimize damage to Cold Springs Creek. At primitive camps, you must provide your own water, bury all human waste and toilet paper, and take out your trash. Use existing fire rings, and never wash in a creek.  


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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