Ash Grove also received the Certificate of Excellence in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2020.

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Ash Grove is named one of America’s “10 Best Places to Camp Year-Round” by Fodor’s Travel.

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Ash Grove was one of only 3 Brevard accommodations that were recommended in Bike Magazine's "The Bible of Bike Tests" 2012 issue.

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"Thank you for a wonderful time we had a very pleasant stay. It was very nice to find you and your place to be so accommodating. The cabin was way more than we had expected--very clean and well maintained everything that we needed was there and then some. We look forward to our next visit." Todd and Eva, Sherrills Ford, NC

"Your attention to detail has made for a wonderful stay. You remembered the ‘little things’ that so many other cabins don’t include, and it was all such a joy."  Pat, Dallas, TX

"I hate to tell everyone how great this place is, for fear of the word getting out, but I wanted the owners to know how much we loved it. We went up for new years eve, and stayed in the pet friendly dogwood den cabin. We were welcomed warmly upon check in and shown to our cabin with a full tour. The fire pit was right outside our door. We used our grill at our cabin for dinners. There are nice trails throughout the site and hiking/waterfalls nearby. Brevard is about 15 mins away for needs. We are already planning to return for tent camping as the sites are carved into the woods and really private. We also checked out the public bathhouse and it was clean and warm! Can't wait to revisit! Thanks guys for a lovely weekend!" Molly, Charlotte, NC

"This was my birthday weekend and there is no place that I would rather be than Ash Grove. This is our 8th? 10th? visit here and it is perfect, as always. Thanks again" Ron and Leslie, Columbia, SC

"Our stay was memorable—again. The peaceful and tranquil atmosphere is so cleansing to the spirit."   Kie & Ted, Athens, GA

 "THANKS!  You guys have been great to work with in the midst of all these changes on my part!  Bless y'all."   Joanna, Columbia, SC

"Throughout our travels in the entire country, we have never felt more at home than in this lovely cabin. Your caring nature is evident in the personal touches you have created. We look forward to returning."  Ric and Marla, Chester, SC

I just wanted to let you know that we had an amazing stay at your campground Thursday night. The "hands on personal touch" that you guys give the place was certainly noticed and appreciated. "Daisy" was a perfect spot...we can wait to come again and try out the others. When you said your sites were "carved out of the forest", you couldn't have said it was awesome. Looking forward to next time.
Rick, Greenville, SC

"I just wanted to let you know how delightful your campground is!!  You do such a beautiful job of maintaining it, and there are so many wonderfully thought-out details and personal touches throughout the campground!  It is the nicest campground we have ever visited (and as my son told you...he's a Scout, and we've done a lot of camping.... 😁  )

I hope to stay there again sometime soon, and will recommend it to my friends and family.  I work at Gwynn Valley camp during the summer, and would love for my friends to stay with you when they come to visit. 
Megan, Matthews, NC

"I hope to come back. I loved your location, and the bathhouse was excellent. It was one I could take a shower in and come out of feeling clean. Keep up the good work."
Tony, Columbia, SC

"Hey Mark and Steven – Thanks again for a wonderful stay at your campground.  The kids told me on the way home that they love going there… and that you all treated them with “love and respect”.  And you do.  And that’s why we look forward to going there.  You both are wonderful in every way."
Gaylen, Asheville, NC

We can’t thank you enough for being such wonderful hosts at your beautiful campground. We had a lovely family camp trip and appreciate you making your campground feel like a bed and breakfast. We especially loved the evening piper in the campsite. Frank, Tracey & Family, Wilmington, NC

"My wife is a clean freak, but your bathhouse is cleaner than our bathroom at home!"
Anonymous by request, Charlotte, NC


British Magazine, Oxygen, Chooses Ash Grove as
Best Campsite for N
ature Lovers...

 Oxygen Magazine cover We took six months out to explore America in a camper van and during that time visited some great sites. I'd recommend this as the perfect way to get to know the real America and meet some real people, much better than just doing the Disney trail.

It's difficult to choose a single campsite, but we very much liked Ash Grove which is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina in the middle of some of the US's most outstandingly beautiful countryside. It covers 14 acres of forested mountainside and has room for camper vans and tents as well as some cabins for hire if you don't want to take your own accommodation, The region is called the "Land of Waterfalls" and is perfect for hiking or biking through the forest trails. It is incredibly peaceful, the perfect getaway for stressed out professionals and nature-loving couples. It's also a really good spot for birdwatching.

There are plenty of opportunities to ride the rapids & plenty of golf courses nearby although we never left the site once we were there. We went in summer, but apparently the site is great all year round. Look out for the white squirrels in winter, and spring is supposed to be great for enjoying wild azaleas and dogwoods. According to the locals, autumn is the most romantic time to visit because the trees turn and forest floor is a picture of color.

By James Benson, Oxygen Magazine


Magazine praises Ash Grove

July 04. 2005 9:54PM 
By Deneesha Edwards
Times-News Staff Writer

BREVARD -- Ash Grove Cabins and Camping was recently featured in the British magazine Oxygen, which named it one of the world's best campgrounds.

Person relaxing in nature "I was blown away," said Mark Henry, co-owner of Ash Grove about being featured in the magazine. 
He said he and his friend, co-owner Steven Dugard, did not know a reporter was staying there. "It's nice for someone to tell you, you are doing a good job," Henry said.

The friends of 14 years never thought they would own a campground. That was until three years ago when they visited their first privately owned campground, rather than a state or national park.

"We were sitting there talking and Steven says, 'we can do this,'" Henry said. "'We can create our own campground.'"

It was like a dream for the pair, who like the idea of working for themselves.

In 2003, they bought 14 acres on a forested mountain top in Brevard. "The first time we saw the land we knew it was the right place," Henry said. "It just felt right." 

The camping area was first developed in the 1970s as a getaway called the Cryin' Shame Resort. Henry and Dugard added housing and a bathhouse. They named each campsite after a wildflower and the roads and cabins after trees. They also created the slogan, "Nature Revives the Spirit."

"We wanted campers to experience nature," Henry said. He added that he wanted campers to think back on their vacation at the campground and let their memory relax them for a moment.

Some campers think the friends' ideals are working.

"It's so relaxing to walk through the trails and hear the birds," said Nancy Leedy of Shelby. Leedy has been to the campground four times and said it is her way of relaxing and getting away from her job as a cardiac nurse. "I love the place."

Joanie Beasley of Carolina Beach comes to the campground with Leedy. She said Henry and Dugard treat their guests with respect.

"That's what we're here for," Henry said. "We want to make our guests feel good."

This is the third summer for Ash Grove.

From most sites, campers cannot see other sites. Cars are only allowed so far, so campers have to load gear and carry it to their campsites.