Barnard - Big Pine is a one-group campsite across the river from Barnard Park, just upstream of Big Pine Road where Section 8 flows into Section 9. Right in the heart of Madison County, and centrally located near much of the French Broad's whitewater, this campsite is unique in that it's roadside and out of the floodplain, thus offering additional amenities not found at other sites. In addition to the typical river access, picnic table, fire ring, and composting toilet, this site also has a nice big, covered pavilion and access to Anderson Branch Road. Everything you need for a relaxed night on the Paddle Trail OR a cycling tour through the backroads of Madison County. That's right! This site is also great for bikepackers seeking overnight shelter alongside the beautiful French Broad.
To access these sweet amenities, you'll need to do just a little bit more walking than you might at our other sites. As you're passing Barnard Park on your right, eddy-out river-left just barely upstream of the Big Pine Road bridge, pulling into the confluence of Big Pine Creek adjacent to a large culvert with a painting of snake on it. If continuing downstream, you can secure your boats below the bridge, and walk up the gravel driveway to Anderson Branch Road, where you'll take a left, walk 50 yards, and then you'll see the campsite on your right. Alternatively, if you’re ending your trip at Barnard, you can take-out at Barnard Park (where your car is likely parked), drop off your gear, and walk across the bridge to the campsite.
Note that this campsite is on private land protected by our friends at RiverLink. Please respect the landowner's property and stay within the campsite area. If you drive to the site to drop off gear, please repark at Barnard Park and walk back to the site. Do not park on the side of Anderson Branch Road or Big Pine Road.
Assumption of Risk & Waiver of Liability: By making this reservation you are acknowledging that there are certain risks inherent in outdoor activities such as paddling and camping. Each participant of this campsite booking agrees to release from liability MountainTrue, the campsite's landowner, and any partners or affiliates for any accident, injury, illness, or personal loss which might occur while visiting, or paddling alongside, this campsite. Each participant further agrees to abide by the campsite's stated rules and regulations and to notify MountainTrue staff of any safety concerns or management needs.
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