The North Mills River area is one of the most popular fishing areas in the Asheville area for a reason. This river is conveniently located to Asheville, has easy access and fishes very well throughout the year. The lower section near the campground and picnic area is the most popular and can be crowded during peak times, so if you are looking to beat the crowds and get more of a wilderness fishing experience, we recommend heading up to the upper sections of the N. Mills to where the river makes a sharp right bend past the campground. From there, the river can be accessed by a trail that runs along the river for approximately 2 miles up to the Hendersonville Reservoir. Other nearby areas include Wash Creek, where you can stalk native brook trout, or the nearby South Fork of the Mills River, which can be accessed from Turkey Pen Road off of US 280 toward Brevard.
Directions from Asheville: Head south out of Asheville on I-26 to exit 40/Airport Road. Turn right toward Brevard/Mills River for 4 miles to North Mills River Road and turn right and continue to the N. Mills Campground.