The 10 Best Camping Spots in North Carolina!

North Carolina’s climate makes for excellent camping weather year-round. Whether you’re escaping into the mountains, exploring deep within a forest or setting up along a river, North Carolina offers a variety of terrain for camping. Here are 10 camping spots for those in the state seeking outdoor adventures. 

1. Black Mountain Campground, Burnsville, NC

With lantern posts, showers, and more than 40 camping sites, Black Mountain Campground is an accessible yet outdoorsy space for campers of all ages. 

2. Pilot Mountain State Park, Pinnacle, NC

Surrounded by wilderness, camping within the Piedmont at Pilot Mountain State Park is a natural getaway from the everyday hustle and bustle.

3. Lake Powhatan Campground, Asheville, NC

Bordering Asheville’s 6,000-acre Bent Creek Experimental Forest, Lake Powhatan Campground is close to natural wildlife and manmade leisure. 

4. Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro, NC

Primitive, group, and family campsites at Hammocks Beach State Park are reached after traveling by ferry to Bear Island.

5. Mount Mitchell State Park, Burnsville, NC

Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi, so a night of camping at the summit will bring you close to the stars and the sunrise.

6. Frisco Woods Campground, Frisco, NC

On the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Frisco Woods Campground offers RV camping, secluded campsites, and cabins with air conditioning, heat, and electricity.

7. Ash Grove Mountain, Brevard, NC

Camping on Ash Grove Mountain, whether in tents or cabins, promises views of the mountain’s 25 waterfalls for its outdoor explorers.

8. Davidson River, Brevard, NC

Inside the Pisgah National Forest is the Davidson river, a popular spot for hiking, tubing, trout fishing, swimming, and camping.

9. Fires Creek Recreation Area, Hayesville, NC

Fires Creek Recreation Area’s picnic tables, grills, horseback and hiking trails, and campsites are sure to be an idyllic winter destination.

10. New River State Park, Laurel Springs, NC

With walk-in and canoe-in campsite locations, camping at New River State Park may be as casual or as grand as your entrance.

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8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC
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49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle, NC
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2388 State Highway 128, Burnsville, NC
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176 Millpond Road, Gatesville, NC
Southern swamp and hardwood forest mingle at Merchants Millpond State Park, adorning the landscape with massive bald cypress trees, beech groves, S... Read More
9872 Hwy 105 S (Suite #6), Banner Elk, NC
Grandfather Mountain has been an icon in North Carolina’s landscape for generations, offering stunning scenery and unmatched ecological diver... Read More
976 Grassy Ridge Road, Sapphire, NC
Gorges State Park is set in the midst of plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and a high concentration of rare species, and e... Read More
head to Bryson City, Bryson City, NC
The Deep Creek area is celebrated for its streams and waterfalls. Hikers can choose from several loop hikes leading to the waterfalls. Mountain bik... Read More
240 Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs, NC
The site of Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, with impressive cliffs overlooking the Neuse River, has been a landmark for centuries. Five hiking trai... Read More
2819 Princess Ann Road, Orrum, NC
On a national wild and scenic river, Lumber River State Park is all about eastern North Carolina paddling, fishing and exquisite scenery. The Princ... Read More
358 New River State Park Road, Laurel Springs, NC
The New River was named a National Wild and Scenic River in 1976 and it wildly winds through some of the best North Carolina mountain scenery. New ... Read More
522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC
Companion peaks at Crowders Mountain State Park—The Pinnacle and Crowders Mountain—offer challenging hikes, towering cliffs and 25-mile... Read More
280 State Park Road, Apex, NC
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1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle, NC
Rising abruptly more than 2,000 feet, Pilot Mountain has been a navigational landmark for centuries, and is a recreational landmark as well, offeri... Read More
2252 Lake Shore Road, Creswell, NC
Visitors can explore 16,000-acre Lake Phelps and its surrounding landscape by land or water at Pettigrew State Park. The fishing is legendary and b... Read More
13304 Creedmoor Rd, Wake Forest, NC
Falls Lake State Recreation Area is a collective of seven access areas scattered around the shoreline of this undeveloped, 12,000-acre reservoir. M... Read More
1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro, NC
A crown jewel of the North Carolina coast and Hammocks Beach State Park is Bear Island—a 3-mile-long, undeveloped barrier island accessible b... Read More
6883 NC Hwy 126, Nebo, NC
Lake James State Park offers a full menu of activities. Along with boating, swimming and fishing in the beautiful, clear waters of the 6,812-acre l... Read More
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