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Rocky Bluff Recreation Area
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Rocky Bluff Recreation Area, near Hot Springs, North Carolina, is perfect spot for a mountain getaway. Located within the Pisgah National Forest, it offers camping, picnicking, fishing, and hiking in a quiet and picturesque setting.

Hikers on the 1.6 mile easy-to-moderate Spring Creek Nature Trail in the Rocky Bluff Recreation Area will see an abundance of wildflowers and trees such as Eastern hemlock, basswood, and oak.

On the 1.1 mile strenuous trail to Hickey Fork Waterfall, hikers can see a spray-cliff natural community of growing mosses and liverworts in the grottoes behind the falls. Spray cliff communities occur on wet rock faces within the spray or splash zones of waterfalls.

Anglers come to Spring Creek in the Rocky Bluff Recreation Area for its excellent trout fishing, especially rainbow trout. The Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River pass nearby.

Campground facilities include running water and flush toilets.

Hours of Operation

The campground is open from May 1 to October 31.

Admission Fees

The fee for camping is $8 per night per site. There is no fee for day use.

Hours of operation and fees are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.


From Asheville (40 miles): Take US 19/23 N to US 25/70 NW toward Marshall and Hot Springs for about 30 miles. At junction of US 25/70 and NC 208, take a left and continue on US 25/70 to Hot Springs.

From Hot Springs: take NC 209 for 3 miles. Rocky Bluff Campground is on the left.

From Waynesville (40 miles): Take NC 23/74 NE for about 2 miles to NC 209 NW for 33 miles. Rocky Bluff Campground is on the right.

For more information, contact:
US Forest Service/National Forests in North Carolina
Appalachian Ranger District
30 East Hwy., 19 Bypass
Burnsville, NC 28714
On US 19-E bypass in Burnsville.




2145 NC-209Hot Springs, NC 28743Get Directions

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