Type: Camping – Mars Hill NC

Phone: 828-689-9694
Email (If available): 



The Harmon Den Horse Campground is nestled on a mountainside beneath a forest of mixed hardwoods in the Pisquah National Forest. The camp is in a secludedarea, and the individual sites provide ample privacy.

The campground is an ideal base for exploring the miles of nearby trails and enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery.

Natural Features:

The Harmon Den Area is in the Appalachian Ranger District, an area that stretches westward from the Great Smoky Mountain National Parks eastern boundary to Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Roan Mountain near Tennessee. Elevations range from 1,900 feet at Max Patch to 6,684 feet at Mount Mitchell.

Visitors to the area will find waterfalls, lush forest undergrowth, forested peaks and miles of cold mountain streams. Wildlife in the area include bear, deer, grouse and wild turkey.


Local attractions include more than 14 miles of trails designated for horseback riding and about 40 miles for hiking. Equestrians may ride other open roads with caution due to traffic during busy recreational seasons.

Trails include the 5.4-mile Buckeye Ridge, 1.6-mile Cherry Creek and 3.6-mile Cold Springs Trails. Hunting and fishing are other popular activities in the area.


Harmon Den Horse Campground has 10 sites with a community hand pump well centrally located for all sites. Facilities provided include horse stalls and mangers that accommodate a maximum of 4 horses and 8 people at each site with a picnic table, gravel tent pad, lantern post, fire ring and parking for a single vehicle with horse trailer.

Also located within the campground is a self-service livestock manure station, a livestock community watering tank and a vault toilet. There is also a hand pump fordrinking water.

Nearby Attractions:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park makes an ideal day trip from Harmon Den.

Directions: From Hot Springs, North Carolina, take Highway 209 south for approximately 7 miles.Turn right onto Meadowfork Road NCSR# 1175. After 6 milesturn right onto Little Creek Road NCSR# 1181 for 3 miles. Take a left onto Max Patch Road NCSR# 1182, then travel approximately 0.75miles and turn right onto Cold Springs Road NFSR# 148. Travel southwestfor about 3 miles to the intersection of Fall Branch Road NFSR#3526, the continue a half-mile to entrance of the campgroundon the left.


Latitude: 35.7586111111
Longitude: -82.9766666667

Address (If available):
632 Manor RD
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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