Camping in North Carolina: Choose Your Adventure

North Carolina is home to United States history, miles of white sandy coastline and some of the most beautiful mountain views on the East Coast. With plenty of camping areas to choose from, you're sure to find a great spot to pitch your tent.  

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State Parks for the Explorer

Camping in North Carolina state parks is an experience to behold. Each and every park is diverse in geography, ranging from wetlands to a swimmer's paradise. This gives campers an endless array of options to choose from.

What to Do:

Explore 19th-century military forts at Fort Macon State Park, climb the tallest active sand dune on the East Coast at Jockey's Ridge or swim in Kerr Lake, with 850 miles of shoreline at Kerr Lake State Park. You'll be hard-pressed to run out of things to do here. 

Must-See State Park Campground:

Eno River State Park: Don't miss this primitive backcountry camping experience, with flowing rivers that cascade through the forest creating a peaceful environment for every camper. Go solo or reserve a family site, but remember that it's a hike-in campground, so you'll be leaving your car up to 1.2 miles away. Reserve a Site.

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Mountains for the Climber

Camping in North Carolina gets you easy access to some heavenly hiking spots, ranging from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Appalachian Trail. Get lost exploring in the splendor of it all.

What to Do:

Experience breathtaking beauty as you hike through Smoky Mountain National Forest, take in awe-inspiring views while you drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and go searching for waterfalls in the Central Mountains.

Must-See Mountain Campground:

Mount Mitchell: As the highest peak in the eastern United States, you won't find this kind of camping anywhere else in North Carolina. Wake up in the clouds and open your eyes to extraordinary views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in every direction. With only nine campsites, you'll have a truly unique experience. Reserve a Site.

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