We typically use holidays to get out of dodge. We’re not Black Friday shoppers, nor do we really like trimming the tree and hanging the lights (it sounds very bah-humbug, but we love the holidays, really!). We use holiday vacations to spend much needed time with each other, with our dogs and with the outdoors. So for Thanksgiving we decided to check out the Davidson River Campground in the Pigsah National Forest.

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The campground is in Brevard, a small town 45 minutes south of Asheville, and a little over 4 hours from Raleigh (at least the way we went).

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The campground has several loops, all with different amenities and rules from reservable/first come-first served, generators allowed/generators not allowed, electric/non-electric. We were in the Appletree Loop — reservable, generators allowed, non-electric.

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It’s also one of the loops closest to the water (good) but also closer to the walking path and road (bad). Next time, I think I’d try a loop on the opposite side of the park so we don’t have the road noise (it’s the only road in and out of the park — it gets more traffic than you’d think) or people walking by all the time on the path. At this time of year, not all the loops were open, so we took what we could get!

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There are some nice trails around the park, all clearly marked and most with signs indicating the level of difficulty and if bikes or pets are allowed.

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A short drive will also get you deeper into the forest where you’ll find many more trails and even a connection with the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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This is a really great park — there are so many things to do and you’re only a short drive into town where you’ll find a brewery, bakery, coffee roaster, movie theater and some shops and restaurants all within a few blocks. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area!

Here’s a short video we made while touring some of the hiking trails around the campground!