Where to Go Camping in North Carolina

Where to Go Camping in North Carolina
North Carolina has more than 150 official areas available for camping, hiking and fishing. These campgrounds are located within North Carolina's national forests, along the coast and in the Appalachian Mountains. Follow these steps to find the ideal spot in North Carolina for your next camping trip.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Look at one of the brochures North Carolina has produced about its many camp sites. Visit NCGov.com to place an order for a brochure. North Carolina also has official tourism sites that can help you plan your travels and vacations such as VisitNC.com.
Step 2
Decide what area best suits your camping plans. Mountain lovers should check out the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Asheville. This trail runs 300 miles from Maine all the way into Georgia. Also consider Black Mountain, which has camping sites located along the South Toe River in Burnsville. Forrest lovers should visit the Badin Lake Recreation Area in the Uwharrie National Forest in Troy. For camping on the beach, check out the Carolina Beach State Park. It is a great place to fish, boat and swim.
Step 3
Plan your route. Traveling Make sure you have detailed maps that will lead you to your sites. You can order a local map at NCGov.com or you can find a downloadable version at VisitNC.com. Make a copy of the map for each member of your party in case anyone gets lost. Along with maps, it's a good idea for everyone to have cell phones in case of an emergency.
Step 4
Ensure that you have the proper licenses. Fishing in North Carolina is very inexpensive. In most areas, campers can purchase a 10-day pass for $10 or less. Hunting licenses are more expensive and more restrictive, but they are available in most sporting stores throughout the state. Some state and national parks require every incoming vehicle to purchase a license that allows the vehicle to stay overnight within the park.

Article Written By Kori Ellis

K. Ellis has traveled extensively throughout the United States. She has spent considerable time hiking, camping and fishing throughout New Mexico, Arizona, California and several other states. From rugged hikes down the Grand Canyon to scenic strolls through the Jemez Mountains, she has experienced it all.

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