North Mills River Campground


Also make sure you have enough time to get there.

Our outing will be at North Mills River Campground, about 35 minutes south of downtown Asheville; see directions and Googlemap below. Keep in mind that once you leave the interstate, you will probably NOT have cell phone signal. You may not have GPS reception either. So make sure you print or save these directions beforehand and follow them precisely.

These directions are from central Asheville, specifically, from Greenlife Grocery (our local Whole Foods). We recommend buying snacks or even a picnic lunch for after the tour, as well as “using the facilities” while you’re there.

Finally, remember that if you’re planning to bring some of our “catch of the day” to one of our partner restaurants, you MUST make a special reservation (see here). See you in the woods!


4498 North Mills River Road, Mills River, NC*

*do not rely on your GPS until you make sure it matches these directions or you will very likely get lost.

Head south on Merrimon Avenue towards downtown for a tenth of a mile and get on I-240 West.  In a third of a mile, take the exit for I-26 East.

In 14 miles, take exit 40 for NC 280: Asheville Road. Go right, passing the airport on your right, and continue for  3.8 miles,about 200 yards beyond the intersection with NC 191 is the intersection with North Mills River Road. There will be an official brown and white sign for “Nat’l Forest Recreation Area, N MILLS RIVER” directing you to the right.

Turn right and go about 5 miles to the North Mills River Campground, parking in the first parking area on the left. Your guide will meet you there.

See you in the woods!