Camping in North Carolina
From the Hanging Dog Recreation Center in Murphy to the beaches of Manteo, there are dozens of places you can go camping. Some locations have all the necessary hook-ups and others are more primitive. But they all have one thing in common—the opportunity to get back to nature for rest, relaxation and family fun! You can recline on the banks of a stream or lake or soak up sunshine on our ocean shores. Whatever you choose, you will have a sensational time! Also, if you're an outdoor enthusiast you'll enjoy our hiking blog where we provide updated tips and outdoor news.
If you are in the mountains of the Nantahala
Forest region, there are several campgrounds from which
to choose. The Horse Cove Campground just northwest of Robbinsville
offers a variety of activities. Or, you may prefer Tsali
Trail and Campground where you can pick from 41 campsites.
The Tsali has hiking trails, biking trails, and various
water activities. The Tsali also has restrooms and shower
facilities. Other area campgrounds are the Cheoah Point
Campground, and Cable Cove.
The Smoky Mountains Offer Thousands of
In the Great
Smoky Mountains area, you can find plenty of hiking,
fishing, and camping sites. One such place is Deep Creek
Campground where the most popular recreational activity
is tubing. At Deep Creek, you can rent an inner tube with
either a plastic or a wooden seat, and float down the river.
And, while the campsites by the water fill quickly, there
are quieter sites on the hill.
The Blue Ridge Mountain area is home to the North Mills River and Campground
where you can pitch a tent or park your trailer. The park
has picnic tables, grills, and a place for the kids to play,
tubing and phenomenal fishing. In Linville, NC (not to be
confused with Linville Falls) you can go camping at Grandfather
you travel toward the Piedmont region, you will find Marrow
Mountain State Park and Lake Tillery. At the park, you can
visit the museum, see wildlife and vegetation exhibits,
or go on long hikes. The campgrounds can accommodate tents
or RV’s, but there are no facility hook-ups. However, there
are showers, restrooms, and drinking water. Other activities
include a swimming pool and boat or canoe rentals.
As you continue east, you will come to Elizabethtown and Jones Lake State Park with 2,200 acres just perfect for camping, fishing, swimming, and hiking. Also in Elizabethtown is the Turnbull Creek State Park. The Turnbull has picnic and camping sites, as well as the opportunity to explore the parks fire-fighting equipment and scout plane.
For the more rugged camper, be sure to check out Bear Island and Hammocks Beach State Park. Bear Island is an 892 acre preserved area complete with shifting sand dunes, a maritime forest, and marshlands. The campsites are primitive, but the natural beauty of the island and its trails are great compensation!
Should your agenda include the Outer
Banks areas, you can find campgrounds on a first come
–first served basis all along the Cape Hatteras National
Seashore. All of these campgrounds
include showers, restrooms, tables, drinking water, and grills,
but no utility hook-ups. Campgrounds are found on Oregon
Inlet, on Cape Point in Buxton, in Frisco, and also on Ocracoke
There are many other campgrounds across the state, so grab your gear and come
see all that North Carolina’s campsites have to offer!
Don't forget about all the cabin
rentals in North Carolina if you are looking for something
a little more luxurious but still rustic.
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