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Nantahala National Forest Camping

Bryson City, NC
Tents set up on platforms
Tent set up on platforms
a yellow VW van is parked in a camping spot with fire pit.
van camping spots with fire pit, gravel, and fencing
Tents set up on platforms
gravel area with picnic table, rock fire put, and fencing


Bryson City, NC

Camp under the stars on NOC’s 500-acres main campus in Bryson City! Choose from Platform Tents with waterproof, raised pods, van camping spots complete with picnic tables and fire pits, or car camping spots available. Stay in the heart of adventure!

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Camp in Bryson City near the Nantahala River, and stay steps from the Appalachian Trail in the heart of adventure! Only 200 yards from the river, restaurants, shopping and dining.

Platform Tents

NOC offers platform tents perfect for individuals or large groups. These raised platform tents offer a closer night’s stay in nature, so you can experience the true sights and sounds of nightlife in Western North Carolina. Choose a full pod of seven tents or book an individual tent. The raised platform provides a waterproof barrier between you and the ground, and each pod can sleep 30.

For more information on large group offerings, call an NOC Group Reservationist at 828.785.5010.

Van Camping

Park in a peaceful setting with your own space for one van, personal fire pit, and picnic table. Enjoy the sites and sounds of the trees and nearby Nantahala River whether you’re staying for a night or a weekend and enjoying nearby attractions and adventures!

Car Camping

If you’re enjoying the great outdoors and car camping along the way, NOC offers car camping in select spots on campus with access to Basecamp showers and bathrooms, with restaurants, hiking, activities and more just a short walk away. *No tents allowed in this area, car camping only.


Port-a-Johns onsite with access to Basecamp bathrooms and showers. Wi-Fi access on areas of campus.


  • Appalachian Trail Accessible
  • Onsite Outdoor Adventures (Seasonal)
  • Onsite Restaurant



Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 US-19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713

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