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Ash Grove Resort Cabins and Camping - A Camper's Review

Updated on September 11, 2014

Ash Grove Cabins and Camping Resort: My Personal Review

Ash Grove Resort Cabins and Camping is nestled deep in the woods in Brevard, NC. The fourteen acres that make up Ash Grove host shady and secluded walk-to tent sites, four furnished cabins, five combination drive-to tent sites/RV sites, and a whole lot more. You see, Ash Grove Resort is more than just a campground. It's family. Co-owners Mark and Steven are there to welcome you whole-heartedly, help make your stay there comfortable and relaxing, and treat you as they would their closest relatives.

I've just returned from a weekend get-away at Ash Grove Resort, and had such a fabulous time there, I just had to share this wonderful resort with you! I've been to hundreds of campgrounds in my lifetime, but this is definitely one of the best.

Stellar Walk-To Camp Sites At Ash Grove Resort - Beautiful, shaded camp sites!

We chose to stay in one of Ash Grove's Stellar Campsites. These are sites that you walk to from a central parking lot. Unlike at many campgrounds, in most cases you can hardly see more than one other of Ash Grove's sites from yours, if that! There was one camp site beside ours, but no more anywhere in sight, unless we ventured down the trail.

Stellar means, "of the stars." I guess Steven and Mark decided to name their walk-to sites "Stellar sites" since the sites are so much in the heart of nature, with no cars driving past, no TV's blaring from neighbor's sites, no telephone wires criss-crossing overhead. While staying in one of the Stellar sites, you are completely surrounded by nature. I have to admit, we couldn't see many stars from the site we chose, but that's because there were so many trees overhead! These sites are some of the shadiest I've ever stayed in at a commercial campground!

All the Stellar campsites, by the way, are named for wildflowers. Our site, pictured above, was Aster. Beside us was Bluet. Other campsites include Clover (big enough for two tents) Daisy (very secluded and private) Elder, Fresia, Galax (another two tent site) Hemp, Iris, Jasmine, Kudzoo, and Lily.

An advantage to staying in Aster is it's the closest site to the parking lot and bathhouse. Yes, once we heard people talking near the bathhouse, but that was in the middle of the afternoon and wasn't a problem.

Wheelbarrows To The Rescue! - An easy way to get all your stuff to your camping site! Provided by Ash Grove Resort for your use there!

Worried about walking to your site carrying your tent, sleeping bags, camping chairs, and everything else? Stop worrying, as Mark and Steven thought of that. They've provided large wheelbarrows for that very purpose.

In fact, when you first get to the Ash Grove Resort, you're greeted by Steven in the office. He gives you maps and brochures about the surrounding area, and then directs you as to where to park.

Mark takes over from there, meeting you in the campground parking lot or at the cabins, going over the rules, bringing you a wheelbarrow to carry your tent and other items to your site, and even leading you to your specific site. He also, in his very friendly and outgoing way, provides tips and hints such as: Don't bother to take your clothes for the following day to your campsite. You'll most likely get dressed in the bathhouse anyway, which is right beside where you'll leave your car! Why bother to drag your clothes to the campsite and then back again?!

Central Parking Lot, Bathhouse, Firewood, and More - This is where you'll park for the Stellar camping sites at Ash Grove Resort.

This is a picture of the Stellar camping sites' parking lot. The wheelbarrows, firewood for sale, bathhouse, laundry, recycling and trash bins, sinks for washing dishes, hot tub (not open during the summer months) and more are located all in this area.

The bathhouse has hot showers and flush toilets. Everything looked clean! A fan blows in warm weather, and a heater in chillier weather. And there are hooks galore! Paper towels and toilet paper are available and are replaced as needed. They've even provided a hair dryer (and electric outlets) for your convenience! My husband reported that shampoo bottles were located in the showers on the men's side, and I found some small ones in the women's showers as well. I can't say whether those were just left by other campers, or are there compliments of Steven and Mark.

Ahh, Blueberries! There are a bush or two of blueberries growing not for from the firewood stand. While we were there, Mark, who seems to enjoy children very much, made sure to show all the children staying in the campground where the blueberries were, encouraging them to pick and eat the ripe ones. If a child couldn't find any ripe ones, he helped him. See what I mean about this resort being about family?! That's the way the guests are treated here! Like family!

Don't be fooled by the emptiness of the parking lot in the photo above. This photo was taken in the early afternoon, when most guests were out viewing waterfalls or enjoying any of the other amenities of the western North Carolina mountains. Both evenings while we were there, the parking lot (and most of the sites) filled up. You might even want to make advanced reservations if you'd like a site during peak weekends!

Campsites and Cabins at Ash Grove Resort - Here are a few of the campsites and cabins that Ash Grove has to offer.

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Stellar CampsiteLarge Stellar campsiteRV or drive-up tent camp site, with a pad for the tentHickory Hideaway CabinHickory Hideaway CabinDogwood Den (pets allowed in this one)
Stellar Campsite
Stellar Campsite
Large Stellar campsite
Large Stellar campsite
RV or drive-up tent camp site, with a pad for the tent
RV or drive-up tent camp site, with a pad for the tent
Hickory Hideaway Cabin
Hickory Hideaway Cabin
Hickory Hideaway Cabin
Hickory Hideaway Cabin
Dogwood Den (pets allowed in this one)
Dogwood Den (pets allowed in this one)

Some of the extras Ash Grove Resort provides! Trails, playground, horseshoes, and more! - Click on the thumbnail photos to make them larger!

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BadmintonBonfireSkewers are available at no charge for hot dogs or marshmallows.Horse ShoesPlaygroundOne of the trails at Ash Grove.We discovered a "spiritual journey path" located on one of the trails. Every few feet, there would be a blue bottle along with a sign.  This sign says, "The answers are within. Trust your inner voice."Another sign along the trail said, "Your inner being will find answers here, if you stop and listen."A mini waterfall, reached by "Pan's Path" trail.A nice place to sit and meditate or listen to the sounds of nature all around.
Badminton
Badminton
Bonfire
Bonfire
Skewers are available at no charge for hot dogs or marshmallows.
Skewers are available at no charge for hot dogs or marshmallows.
Horse Shoes
Horse Shoes
Playground
Playground
One of the trails at Ash Grove.
One of the trails at Ash Grove.
We discovered a "spiritual journey path" located on one of the trails. Every few feet, there would be a blue bottle along with a sign.  This sign says, "The answers are within. Trust your inner voice."
We discovered a "spiritual journey path" located on one of the trails. Every few feet, there would be a blue bottle along with a sign. This sign says, "The answers are within. Trust your inner voice."
Another sign along the trail said, "Your inner being will find answers here, if you stop and listen."
Another sign along the trail said, "Your inner being will find answers here, if you stop and listen."
A mini waterfall, reached by "Pan's Path" trail.
A mini waterfall, reached by "Pan's Path" trail.
A nice place to sit and meditate or listen to the sounds of nature all around.
A nice place to sit and meditate or listen to the sounds of nature all around.

Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids' Guide - Read it with your kids before you go camping! Then take it with you on your trips!

Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids' Guide
Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids' Guide

This book covers everything from how to pick out a site, set up your tent, and cook delicious campfire foods, to enjoying nature, reading the weather, building a campfire, making crafts, and telling scary campfire stories!

 

Planning on taking the kids along?

There are waterfalls galore, hiking trails all around, a wet, slippery rock you can slide down (see Sliding Rock youtube below), and OP Taylors: "The Coolest Toy Store on The Planet!"

Do the kids like to tube, canoe or kayak? Headwaters Outfitters is one company that offers trips on the river. How about experiencing the thrill of a zip line? Z-Z-Zip offers zip trips.

Let's not forget about Pure Vida Adventures. They offer everything from paddling, to biking, to canyoneering, and more.


Oh, Biltmore Estate and Cherokee, NC aren't located too far away. If you head over to Cherokee, consider taking in their seasonal outdoor drama, Unto These Hills.

Wishing on a Star: Constellation Stories and Stargazing Activities for Kids - Fun for kids while camping!

This is a great book for kids interested in astronomy! Not only is the book full of interesting information and star maps, but it also have exciting star related activities, such as flying a starry kite or building a twinkling thaumatrope!

Sliding Rock, located nearby

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Hooker Falls is about a 15 minute drive from the campground

Hooker Falls is a 12 foot waterfall.

Hooker Falls is located in Dupont State Forest. Many people swim there. The falls is located on the Little River, which is also home to Bridal Veil Falls, High Falls, and Triple Falls. You can find out more about these waterfalls via: DuPont Forest Key Attractions.

I'm NOT, by the way, recommending that you go over the waterfall in a kayak like the person in the video did! Man, oh, man! If you decide to do that, it's at your own risk!

Here's where you'll find Ash Grove Cabins and Campground Resort!

A markerAsh Grove Cabins and Campground Resort -
749 East Fork Road, Brevard, NC 28712, USA
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Would you like to find out more about Ash Grove Cabins and Camping Resort?

Or make a reservation?

This is their official website: Ash Grove Resort Cabins and Camping

More photos of Ash Grove Resort. (Hint: Click on the images on the right hand side of the page to view a number of pictures of the cabins, or the campsites, etc.)

Map Of Ash Grove Resort

Mark And Steven's Ash Grove Resort Blog

Phone: 828-885-7216

Mailing address:

Ash Grove

749 East Fork Rd

Brevard, NC 28712

USA

Camping - Can't wait for our next trip!

One of my family's tents
One of my family's tents

Coleman Rechargeable Battery Powered Lantern - Lanterns are very handy pieces of equipment to take camping!

The rechargeable battery in this lantern means you don't have to mess with propane or keep having to buy new batteries! Plus, the battery can be recharged via your car or camper, or even via the electric outlet at the campground!!

Coleman Camp Stove - This is the camp stove we use. We've been using it for about twenty years, and LOVE it!

Cooking / Camping Meals

Although we use a campfire for things like hot dogs, corn on the cob, s'mores, bagels, and other campfirey type meals, we also take along a camping stove. The stove is great for heating up water for oatmeal, hot tea, apple cider, hot chocolate, or coffee on chilly mornings and evenings, as well as making a variety of one or two pot meals. Frequent camping meals for our family include vegetarian chili, burritos, spaghetti, baked beans, salad, scrambled eggs and hashbrowns, and many other things. In all honesty, although some people go all out cooking elaborate meals while camping, my husband and I have found that simple meals to make and clean up from are often best. That gives us more time for hiking and other fun activities!

© 2009 JanieceTobey

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      A great testimonial... makes me want to go there... and I don't even own a tent.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Such a serene place to camp! Beautiful! Loved your article and the images that enhanced it even further! Great job!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just returned home and wanted to say we had a blast. Brevard is a wonderful town. The campsite and grounds are well groomed. The bathhouse is clean and the people friendly as well. One caution though, sites L (which was ours) and others on that side of the map are down the hill. Its' a real pain up and down the hill. I would not stay at those site again. They way they are cut into the hilside makes me think they would flood as well in a rain. Other than that? Thumbs up! the hot tub was a plus after a 10 mile trek.

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      This looks like a great place - Brevard is my all time favorite town

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      This looks like a beautiful place to camp!

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      GypsyOwl2 5 years ago

      The Brevard area is lovely indeed - and Ash Grove Resort is beautiful. I enjoyed your super pictures and love those wheelbarrows! What a great idea!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Ash Grove cabins sound like an ideal home base for seeing Brevard, NC. I'm in the mood for a vacation.

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      VERY well-formatted lens! Nice work! I haven't been camping much lately but this place called Ash Grove Resort looks quite enticing.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I haven't been camping in 15 years, I think. It was always a fun thing to do with the family. Ash Grove Resort Camp sounds like a nice place to spend the weekend for sure. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You sure made me hungry for camping here...one of my favorite things to do...and I love rustic camping but do love the modern amenities near by! You certainly selAsh Grove with your wonderful review! Very invitingly done my dear!

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      Mountainside-Crochet 8 years ago

      What a beautiful campsite, and you described it so well I feel as if I've been there. We used to do a lot of camping when our children were young, and I grew up camping with my family, so enjoyed hearing about this wonderful campsite. We almost moved to Brevard, NC a few years ago, and it is such a beautiful area. 5*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This looks like a wonderful place for a family outing. Great work on this lens. Welcome to the South Carolina Group.

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Looks and sounds great. I always marvel at the number of people willing to stay at those little "campgrouns" they build along the interstate. I've heard people say they go there and spend a few days. I don't get it. Give me the sights, sounds, and smells of nature.

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful - excellent review of Ash Grove Resort! I liked all the pictures too and well written!