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Uwharrie National Forest is a great place also. Plenty of camping either dispersed or in their campgrounds. Not quite the views of Pisgah, but Baden Lake is nice and there's a whole network of OHV trails you can have fun on (all different levels of challenge). It's a beautiful OLD forest.
 

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what area are you from and what are you looking to do? The two most memorable places ive been are probably gorges state park/toxaway gamelands(really that whole area in general) and cape lookout. you cant have one of these threads without mentioning hurricane creek and max patch so ill do the honors. NC has a bit of everything to offer but depends what you are looking for.
 

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I live in Maggie Valley. We have a ton of places That offer off road and camping . Cherokee National Forest has some great areas as well as pisgah national forest . Both have great trails with lots of hiking and dispersed camping opportunities. Also the area around Santeetlah Lake near Robbinsville has some nice lakeside free sites and great views and driving areas
 

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Uwharrie National Forest is a great place also. Plenty of camping either dispersed or in their campgrounds. Not quite the views of Pisgah, but Baden Lake is nice and there's a whole network of OHV trails you can have fun on (all different levels of challenge). It's a beautiful OLD forest.
Just need to be aware that Uwharrie OHV trails are closed during the winter.
 

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Not to hi-jack this thread, but I'm also looking to get to Pisgah NF soon. Are you able to drive up to these dispersed sites in this NF, or do you have to "hike in"?

Thanks!
 

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Not to hi-jack this thread, but I'm also looking to get to Pisgah NF soon. Are you able to drive up to these dispersed sites in this NF, or do you have to "hike in"?

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Pisgah National Forest allows dispersed camping anywhere other than is posted no camping.

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I stand corrected regarding camping in Pisgah, please reference the notation about dispersed camping on page 2 of this forestry service pamphlet:
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Most of the dispersed sights are closed. The gates are closed at courthouse creek but you can go to the park station not too far from there and ask what might be available. Beautiful area. Hopefully will be opened up by spring
 

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Nantahala National Forest is over a half million acres collectively and has lots of trails and dispersed camping. Includes the area I mentioned before around Santeetlah Lake. Leave there toward Cheoah on 129. Beautiful white water for several miles and dispersed camping and hiking opportunities including the Slick Rock area. Below the dam...cross the River and immediately turn left on believe it or not ... “river road” duh. There’s 5 or 6 awesome free sites ON the river with fire pits and tables. (And a porta Jon that has been clean every time I have been there). If you continue on 128 it become the famous Dragon.
 
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Nantahala National Forest is over a half million acres collectively and has lots of trails and dispersed camping. Includes the area I mentioned before around Santeetlah Lake. Leave there toward Cheoah on 129. Beautiful white water for several miles and dispersed camping and hiking opportunities including the Slick Rock area. Below the dam...cross the River and immediately turn left on believe it or not ... “river road” duh. There’s 5 or 6 awesome free sites ON the river with fire pits and tables. (And a porta Jon that has been clean every time I have been there). If you continue on128 it become the famous Dragon.
 
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@NCjeepcampingAP Linville Gorge Highway 105 is a great spot during the week to check out. Nice dirt road ride with stunning views and camp spots galore. During the weekend during peak season is going to be a bit crowded.

Uwharrie National Park is going to be less "overland" but still plenty of camping and offroading.

@Demo Man is dead on correct about Nantahala.
 

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@NCjeepcampingAP Linville Gorge Highway 105 is a great spot during the week to check out. Nice dirt road ride with stunning views and camp spots galore. During the weekend during peak season is going to be a bit crowded.

Uwharrie National Park is going to be less "overland" but still plenty of camping and offroading.

@Demo Man is dead on correct about Nantahala.

Thanks ! There’s a TON of “BIA” (bureau of Indian Affairs) roads all over the Cherokee reservation if you like riding some none technical dirt for the solitde and scenery. Toward Cherokee from Soco gap on US 19 the first road to the right is Hyatt Cove Road. At the end turn left and that has several options for spending some dirt time with great views and elevation. If you turn on the first road to the right a mile or so in you will end up in Mile High Campground. Closed for rhe
 

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Thanks ! There’s a TON of “BIA” (bureau of Indian Affairs) roads all over the Cherokee reservation if you like riding some none technical dirt for the solitde and scenery. Toward Cherokee from Soco gap on US 19 the first road to the right is Hyatt Cove Road. At the end turn left and that has several options for spending some dirt time with great views and elevation. If you turn on the first road to the right a mile or so in you will end up in Mile High Campground. Closed for rhe
Sorry ... closed for the season but one of the best primitive campground in the country.