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).

See all North Carolina State Parks.

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.

Learn more about North Carolina RV Parks.

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.

Learn more about Free Camping in North Carolina.

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

Feb 02, 2023

"A Very Nice, Well-maintained County Campground w/ Small Lake"

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A very nice campground and a first time stay for us. A little off the beaten path but well worth a visit. Paved sites with full hook-ups and gravel sites with electric/water. Bath houses were well maintained and clean. Really good WiFi and cell service coverage. Staff (Rangers and front office ) were very helpful and nice. The relatively small...
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Holden Beach, NC

Sea Breeze RV Park

Feb 01, 2023

"Great off season week"

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Large pull through concrete pads everything is paved everything is level water 50 amp great service internet in the offseason is amazing but the park's not that full will be the nicest campground in the Holden Beach area during the season. Enjoy!

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Jan 29, 2023

"Nice quiet campground"

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Nice campground. Well kept. We only stayed a couple of nights. The wifi was good. Verizon service was descent. Forgot to run a speed test. I was in a 41' fth wheel. My spot (9) was accessible and fairly level. We will return.

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Jan 27, 2023

"Friendly Staff When You Could Find Them!!"

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When we arrived we had to go looking for staff. We had a campsite for our camper and a cabin for our elderly parents. We found the maintenance man who was very helpful, but didn’t seem to really know anything about the cabin nor did we get any information about the campground until later when we found a staff member walking around. The cabin was...
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Fairfield, NC

Osprey Nest Campground

Jan 25, 2023

"Beautiful Spot on the Lake "

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This campground is almost exclusively long-term rentals. The owner said that all rentals are one year leases. They do have one spot that they created just for transient guests. It is shoehorned in next to the bathhouse. Even so, he views out our windows were spectacular, especially with sunrise over the lake and, the swans, snow geese, and...
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