Looking for campgrounds in NC? Beautiful mountains, white-water rivers, and the Outer Banks will wow you with their beauty as you snuggle in your tent or RV.

North Carolina is a wonderful state for camping; it has mountains for climbing and hiking, rivers for fishing and rafting, and cities for campers who want a little culture. The eastern side of the state borders on the Atlantic Ocean, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway runs through the mountains and offers spectacular views, and there are also lakes, rivers, and islands for those who like to play in the water. Here are some great camping spots in North Carolina.

Campgrounds in NC - Top 10

CampgroundAddressPhone Number
Hatteras Sands Campground57316 Eagle Pass Rd, Hatteras, NC 27943(252) 986-2422
Smokemont CampgroundSmokemont Campground Rd A, Cherokee, NC 28719(828) 497-9270
Asheville East Campground2708 Highway 70 EastSwannanoa, NC 28778(800) 562-5907
Hanging Rock State Park Campground1790 Hanging Rock Park Rd, Danbury, NC 27016(877) 722-6762
Four Paws Kingdom Campground335 Lazy Creek Dr, Rutherfordton, NC 28139(828) 287-7324
Wilmington KOA Holiday7415 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28411(910) 686-7705
Hidden Creek Camping Resort1210 Deacon Dr, Marion, NC 28752(828) 652-7208
Davidson River Campground1 Davidson River Cir, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768(828) 785-5337
Crosswinds CampgroundApex, NC 27523(919) 362-1100
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground964 Crestview Church Rd, Asheboro, NC 27205(336) 964-0813

Campgrounds in NC – Reviews


1. Hatteras Sands Campground

Hatteras Sands Campground

Hatteras Sands is a campground in a good location on Cape Hatteras. It has two different areas, each with a security gate and canals for fishing. Hatteras Sands is near necessities such as restaurants, fishing piers, a medical center, and stores, and area attractions such as the Ocracoke Ferry, the Wright Memorial, Hatteras Lighthouse and Nags Head Dunes are not far away either. This campground does get crowded in the summer, so reservations are advised. Section B is usually quieter than Section A, which has a playground and children’s pool, and there are 100 sites for RVs and 20 for camping at the park. Amenities there include a laundry, pool and spa, cable TV, a clubhouse and TV lounge, a soda shop, a fitness room, and restrooms and showers.

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There are full hookups for RVs, and all sites have a picnic table. Paddleboats are available, and fishing, crabbing, and picnicking are popular activities at Hatteras Sands, as well as exploring the beaches of Cape Hatteras, charter fishing, and sightseeing.

2. Smokemont Campground

Smokemont Campground

The National Park Service operates the Smokemont Campground, which is located in Cherokee near the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The campground is on the Oconalufree River and is inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park is popular and reservations are accepted during the summer months, so reserve a few months ahead for the best spots. There are around 200 camping sites in the park, and each has a picnic table, grill, and fire ring.

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There are no hookups for RVs but there is a dump station; there are restrooms but no showers. Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and canoeing are popular activities around the park, and ski areas, Dollywood, and Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are nearby.

Rates at the park are around $15; there are several other camping parks in Cherokee and this is one of the most inexpensive.

3. Asheville East Campground

Asheville East Campground

Asheville East is a KOA park that is located in Swannanoa. The park has more than 200 sites for both tent camping and RVs. This is a shady park with restrooms and showers, full hookups for RVs, a laundry, and cable TV and internet connections; RV supplies and groceries are also available. The Swannanoa River runs through the park, and there are also two ponds; trout fishing is popular in both the river and ponds. Sites all have a picnic table and fire ring for campfires.

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There are boat rentals and paddle boats for the ponds, and a game room, mini-golf, horseshoes, and bike rentals are available. Nearby attractions include river rafting, horseback riding, Chimney Rock, and the Biltmore Estate, which is one of North Carolina’s most visited attractions.

4. Hanging Rock State Park Campground

Hanging Rock State Park Campground

Hanging Rock State Park’s campground is operated by North Carolina State Parks and is located in Danbury. There are 18 miles of hiking trails in the state park, a large lake, waterfalls, a beach, and a boat launch on the Dan River, as well as large trees and mountain views. Each camping site has a picnic table, fire ring, and grill, but there are no hookups for RVs. There are restrooms and showers, and vending machines hold snacks during the summer months. Popular activities at Hanging Rock include swimming, boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, and tubing on the river.

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Rates for camping are $10-$18 per night, and reservations are not taken so get there early for a good site. This is a very popular and quite lovely park; the sites are shady and large, and the scenery in this area is beautiful.

5. Four Paws Kingdom Campground

Four Paws Kingdom Campground

Four Paws Kingdom is a campground for those who like to camp with their dogs. It’s a new park that has both RV and camping sites, and amenities such as full hookups for RVs, free satellite TV and video rentals, a pond, cabin rentals, a laundry, store, wireless internet connections, and a pavilion are offered. Doggie amenities include a big dog park with an off-lease run, a separate park for small dogs, an agility ring, doggie swimming pool and bathhouse, grooming areas, and hiking trails.

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An extensive schedule of educational seminars is offered, as well as classes on many subjects for both dogs and humans. This would be a very fun experience for anyone who likes to camp with a dog, and dogs and their owners are sure to meet others with similar interests at the park.

6. Wilmington KOA Holiday

Wilmington KOA Holiday

This is an outstandingly well maintained nice park. I found the campground to have clean accommodating restrooms, nice roads, and camping spaces.

To be honest, I found the location to be a little odd as it is located right in front of a neighborhood and right off the main road into Wilmington. So basically, it isn’t exactly getting back to nature, but if you’re looking for a place to post up while doing your thing around Wilmington than it’s really perfect. There is a gas station right near the entrance which was nice and convenient, and despite the previously mentioned proximity to the highway and neighborhood it still feels secluded and peaceful enough.

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The best thing about this place was the super friendly staff, a cute dog park for pet owners and the drive downtown is very short.

7. Hidden Creek Camping Resort

Hidden Creek Camping Resort

 

 

You will not find nicer people that run a campground than here! I personally saw the owner on-site overseeing the many projects being worked on. I believe that this place is a diamond in the rough as the staff was AMAZING, so many things to do and activities, the water slide was awesome, and the site was what we expected. We had a great time. You will too.

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We loved the pool and the kids loved the arcade, the creek had lots of kids running through it having a blast. The water slide was fun, but you would have to pay an additional fee, all in all, it was fun. We will be back hopefully sooner than later.

8. Davidson River Campground

Davidson River Campground

Davidson river campground is a really nice family campground in Brevard. Lots to do nearby. The river setting and proximity to Brevard, Asheville, and the Pisgah Forest make it a great option. It can get super crowded so book ahead and also be ready for the crowds in the nearby restaurants and ice cream places.

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If you are looking for a front country camping experience then this one is for you.

We loved the feel of this forest campsite with plenty of space between sites. There are many things to do and waterfalls galore in close proximity.

9. Crosswinds Campground

Crosswinds Campground B26

At Crosswinds, the beach area is for campers only, so it never feels too crowded. The area around the swimming area is perfect for paddling. You will find very well-tended sites and bathrooms. This is a quiet, peaceful campground.

It only takes me 30 minutes from downtown Raleigh to reach the campground. It has good clean and level spots on the lake so there is plenty to do. Bathrooms are clean and well maintained. Spots are reasonably priced. Great spot to camp for a weekend or overnight.

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  • Address: Apex, NC 27523, United States
  • Phone: (919) 362-1100
  • Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/jordan-lake-state-recreation-area

The loops B and C are mostly electric, there are some primitive sites elsewhere in the campground however you will always find beautiful lake views and decent fishing here.

10. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground

The campground sites are of nice size (43′ 5th wheel) and relatively level. You will find the staff to be really helpful and friendly however the best part was that this campground is dog friendly.

The kids would have a load of fun as they delight in the trails, pond, giant trampoline, and friends galore! There are fun weekend activities and a quaint neighborly atmosphere during the weekdays. It is a wonderful place to stay whether short term or long term. A destination spot with a country feels close to town!

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  • Address: 964 Crestview Church Rd, Asheboro, NC 27205
  • Phone: (336) 964-0813
  • Website: http://asheborojellystone.com/

My personal experience, The pool was fantastic. It has a water slide that is fast- all the squeals and laughter coming out of it. Love the waterfall, especially at night you have to see it to believe it. Our family enjoyed the Hey ride, outdoor checkers/cheese, playground, jumping pillow, hiking trails, s’mores with the outdoor movie!

Final Thoughts,

I am sure that after going through this article you know that North Carolina has some of the top campgrounds in the country.

Now you can choose from a traditional tent and RV sites at park campgrounds, or make camp in more primitive spots. You will find a wide variety of campgrounds in NC and it will never disappoint. If you have suggestions and new campgrounds that need to be added to this list do let me know.

Happy camping.

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