Ammons Branch

Highlands, NC

 Ammons Branch Primitive Camping Area is a little-used gem that’s so far off the Beaten Path that it may not be accessible by car after heavy rains. The only water supply is from streams and must be boiled or treated. There is one picnic table, a grill, and a pit toilet. A connector trail leaves from the campground, parallels Bull Pen Road, and joins the Ellicott Rock Trail about two-tenths of a mile from its head on Bull Pen Road, one mile west of Iron Bridge. There is limited parking at the trailhead.

From Highlands, take Main Street east for 4.6 miles to the intersection with Bull Pen Rd. Take right onto Bull Pen Road and proceed 1.3 miles. The campground is on the right. Ammons Branch is open year-round. There is no charge.


Whether you want to tackle a mountain or sit by a stream, you’ll find just what you’re looking for here. This is a premier golf destination, but there’s so much more available. There are streams to fish, public pools and tennis courts to enjoy and playgrounds, too. Winter sports include ice skating, skiing, tubing and hiking.


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