I had stayed at the Black Mountain Campground in 2006, but my wife didn't go on that trip. So we decided to head back and spend five days there, hoping that we would be able to score campsite #7 which is, to our way of thinking, the best site in the whole campground. And we got it. It's at the end of the road at a cul de sac, beside the South Toe River, just a few steps from the bathhouse, and close to the water spigot and the bear-proof trash cans. It's perfect for a Casita
trailer and vehicle.
Last time I was there you had to pay the host $1 to use the (warm) showers. Now it's coin operated. $1 for 5 minutes. The more quarters you put in, the longer shower you can take. But five minutes is plenty. These are new showers and really nice. The new batthouses were built with FEMA money from the hurricanes that swept the NC mountains a few years ago, damaging many campgrounds. Hurrah, for FEMA!
One bear came to our campsite one morning at around 5:00 am looking for food that wasn't there. I couldn't get his photo without opening the trailer door, so I went without the shot. But I did get some photos of the bear's prints on the bear-proof trash cans. I reckon no one told him they were bear-proof!
Fees at Black Mountain are $16 per night. $18 per night if you figure in two showers. Or $17 if you're alone or shower with your spouse.
If you like to hike, there are great trails all around, and some really good ones that start right at the campground and one which leads to the summit of Mount Mitchell, the higest peak in the eastern USA. But be in good shape for that one, as it climbs 3800 vertical feet in 5.6 miles, one way. Schedule a whole day to do that hike right.
<div align="center">Bear prints on the bear-proof trash cans.</div>
<div align="center">Our Frontier and Casita
on the Blue Ridge Parkway just before the turnoff onto NC 80 and the campground.</div>