Best Camping in North Carolina

Camping in North Carolina

North Carolina is home to serene beach landscapes and magnificent mountain ranges. Adventurers of all types can expect to create a memorable camping experience in North Carolina.

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North Carolina State Parks

North Carolina State Parks offer recreation areas for daytime activities and places to camp at night.

Carolina Beach State Park is the perfect destination if you want to experience the coast. This park has 69 camping sites with limited facilities. There are also ten campsites with full hookups, which include water, electricity, and sewer. If you feel like glamping, there are four camper cabins with heat and air-conditioning.

If you’re looking for more adventure while camping in North Carolina State Parks, try the Hanging Rock State Park. You’ll find breathtaking mountain drops, waterfalls, and over 20 miles of trails for hiking and mountain-bike riding.

Or, visit Mount Mitchell State Park and check out the highest summit east of the Mississippi River!

North Carolina’s 34 State Parks have a combined powerhouse of over 3,000 campsites. They offer tent and RV sites, primitive camping, backpacking, and paddle-in sites. If you enjoy camping with your horse, two state parks offer equestrian sites (Medoc Mountain and South Mountains).

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North Carolina National Parks

Camping in North Carolina may take you to one of its three national parks:

You’ll find park campgrounds with varying levels of amenities at each of these parks. If you visit Cape Hatteras National Seashore, only a limited amount of campsites are accessible by vehicle. You will need a boat or ferry to trek out to the outer locations!

North Carolina RV Parks

There are no shortages of RV Parks in North Carolina! These popular camping options have varying amenities, with some RV parks only offer water and electricity, while other RV Parks have full hook-ups and may even have high-speed wifi available to "rent" by the day!

RV Parks are privately run and not a part of the state or national park system. Most RV Parks will not permit tent camping.

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Free Camping in North Carolina

Dispersed camping or boondocking is a popular way to camp for free in national forests. Be sure to filter by free when searching the North Carolina map on Campendium. Some stores with large parking lots sometimes allow overnight RV parking. Be sure to check with store management or security before settling in for the night.

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North Carolina National Forests

North Carolina’s National Forests attract visitors looking to hike, explore, or experience an adrenaline rush!

The Nantahala National Forest is known for white-water rafting, and the Uwharrie National Forest is a favorite for ATV enthusiasts.

If you’re looking for less adrenaline, visit the Croatan National Forest or the Pisgah National Forest. At the Croatan National Forest, you can enjoy hiking in a coastal pine forest. Pisgah National Forest is known for its waterfalls and serene mountain hikes.

There are many designated camping areas for you to enjoy camping in the National Forests in North Carolina.

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Recent North Carolina Campground Reviews

Jan 18, 2022

"The electrical system here couldn’t handle even running one air conditioner. "

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We stayed here, as we are Thousand Trails and this Encore park is part of our membership. Pros..close to the water and beaches, close to family in the area, nice pool and water slide, easy in and out of park. Cons…This is an Encore park that gives TT members poor sites. Our site was so close to the rv beside us that when he came out to dump...
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Jan 16, 2022

"Great one night stay"

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We only stayed one night as we were heading south and we very impressed with this campground. Restrooms were clean and heated. We explored the campground a little bit and decided we would like to come back for a longer stay!

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Jan 15, 2022

"Nice National Forest Campground"

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My first National Forest Campground but like my experiences at COE campgrounds. No frills, but cheap ($17/night) if you have a National Pass. Level gravel sites, decently space with about 60% having a stand of trees between them for decent privacy. About 30% of lots have electric, none have water but there are two central spigots for filling RV...
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Wing Man
2 reviews
Robbinsville, NC

Santeetlah Lake

Jan 12, 2022

"You get what you pay for"

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Very heavily used sites at a fantastic location. nothing beats camping on the water but every site I saw was pretty trashed, although I did camp around Christmas/New Years. Very easy access most spots any vehicle can find a way to fit along the road. campsites are very close to the road so that could be a positive or negative depending on what...
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5 reviews
Jan 12, 2022

"Fantastic Spot Right Off the Blue Ridge Parkway!"

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3 Different spots available; one close to the parkway 1 further down the hill and another right at the creek! the creek crossing is part of a trail so you may have some foot traffic but not much at all. plus hiking right from your campsite. Very quiet with creek/falls background noise. can get pretty windy at elevation. Some trash near the...
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