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  1. #1
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    Pisgah Camping Question

    Does anyone know who manages the campsite at the top of Bennet Gap alongside the forest road (the bennet gap trailhead is just below the campsite)? Is this a reservable site; or is it first-come, first-served?

    And since I'm asking questions...does anyone know how late in the season the showers are running at Davidson River Campground.

    Thanks for any help. I'm thinking about visiting this October or November. I've only visited Pisgah in the spring, so I'm hoping this is still a nice time of year and the trails are in good condition.


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    Its got what plants crave
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    I believe all of the sites near the horse stables and up by Bennett are on a first come first served basis, and free to use. As far as showers, I have been there in mid October and it seems that they close parts of the campground but there were usually one or two of the showers open and heated. Others were open but not heated. I was pissed one time when I'd been showering in a COLD bathroom all week only to find out at the end of the trip that one of the bathrooms a few sites over was heated!

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    Roadside Camping on the District...

    Roadside camping is only "managed" in that legal sites are designated by signs... There are several legal roadside sites along FS477; all roadside camping is "we got here first"... You might find it interesting that beer is not allowed along FS477 per a Forest Supervisor's Notice signed last year. See the following link for both camping info and the alcohol bit:


    Davidson River Campground info is here:


    Neither the online nor paper District maps show roadside campsites--guess it's another of those 'local knowledge' things. You might also want to consider Ash Grove:


    They have cabins, RV campsites, and tent camping; the bathhouses (ie, hot showers) are open year-round, and they're conveniently located between Dupont State Forest and the District...
    Geriatric mountain biker and trail maintainer... ...with digital braking!

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