Bear Den Family Campground and Creekside Cabins Review

Over the Memorial Day weekend, Mark Sullivan one of our contributors, and his family wanted to get away to the mountains. They landed at Bear Den Mountain Resort & Campground, which is located in the Pisgah National Forest, off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 324.8 close to Spruce Pine, NC. Here’s what Mark had to say!

We set off on our journey to Bear Den Campground on a beautiful, sunny Friday, May 22nd. It was a nice, short two-hour drive. The first you notice about Bear Den Mountain is that it is a true mountain resort and campground, about 3,000 up in the air, and very beautiful.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by very friendly staff. They really tried to let people know their safety is a priority, so people were behind barriers during check-in and really respected the social distancing protocols during these crazy times. As soon as we checked in, an attendant in a golf cart showed us to our campsite. The campground spots are nice and well-spaced, and ours had full hookup for our trailer so we had electricity, water and sewage. A definite perk is that the sites were spaced out so as to offer some distance, which in these times is of concern to most people.  

I did ask if we could be placed in an area with good Wi-Fi, as I’m often called upon to deal with work or business even on my weekends. It was definitely nice to know that I had access if I needed it, which I did a couple of times, much to the dismay of my wife and kids. Unlike many campgrounds I’ve been to, it worked very well.

After we checked in, we grilled. It was wonderful to get back to nature and away from the hustle and noise of the city, and the park was very peaceful apart from occasional laughter or the bark of a family dog. Everything quieted down after 10pm, which is Bear Den Campground’s quiet time. The silence was almost perfect as people are very respectful of the rules.

The next morning, Saturday, we went on an adventures hike. At Bear Den Campground, there’s a lovely small lake within reasonable walking distance to most campsites, around a mile, I’d guess. The lake has a small beach area where you can swim and put your feet in. The kids loved it! Upon coming back, we just hung out at the site, enjoying the quiet and the company of our family.

Unfortunately, Sunday brought rain with it, but it is a mountain campground in a mountain setting and so that happens. I certainly don’t hold the campground responsible for the weather! It was lovely to be part of nature and we got a really cool thunderstorm that came through.

Overall, we were impressed with the closeness, about two hours from our home. We liked that the amenities were definitely there. The campgrounds were very clean and the service personnel make regular sweeps, both for security and fire checks and, in the evening, to ask guests if they need firewood. I thought it was very cool that they had that service!

In addition to the Wi-Fi, they have a great little store where you can buy just about anything you might need or want to enhance your camping experience. The store was a little bit of a walk from our campsite, but—that’s what we were there for!

Bear Den Mountain Resort & Campground is a beautiful place. We would definitely go again and have plans to do so later this season Some things we noticed that you’ll want to be aware of: First, have a little patience because you are driving up a mountain. The service road is paved, but the entrances can be a little tight, especially if you’re hauling a larger fifth-wheel, trailer or driving an RV, so be aware of that and be sure to plan accordingly. We had a great time and we’re very pleased with the level of customer care and amenities we received at Bear Den Mountain Resort & Campground.  

To learn more about the campground or to make a reservation, click here to visit the Bear Den website!

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