The Appalachian Mountain range extends down the eastern seaboard in the United States. This mountain range is one of the oldest on the planet and so is quite a mellow, rolling range. In North Carolina, however, the peaks and valleys of the Appalachians can be quite majestic. There are an inordinate number of camping opportunities in North Carolina. Your decision should be made based on personal preference and time available.
Nantahala Outdoor Center
The NOC is primarily a rafting lodge, but it offers fine camping options as well. In addition to large tent cabins and hostel-like lodging, the NOC also has campsites for backpackers and car campers. These sites included running water, grills, fire rings and tent sites. The NOC is in the heart of the North Carolina Appalachian range--and the center is directly on the Appalachian Trail, a long path stretching from Maine to Georgia.
Pisgah National Forest
Pisgah National Forest is one of the protected areas in the North Carolina Appalachian mountains. While hunting, fishing and recreational activities are allowed, no residential or commercial construction can take place in this forest. The Pisgah Forest is also known for its many waterfalls. Some of the highlights include: Looking Glass Falls (65 feet), Cathey's Creek Falls (80 feet) and Jackson Falls (150 feet). Campers can choose to spend the night in the backcountry, provided they follow Leave No Trace ethics, or at many of the established campgrounds inside the national forest.
Black Forest Family Camping Resort
The Black Forest Family Camping Resort is for families and individuals interested in experiencing the majesty of the North Carolina Appalachians but who also like to have the niceties found at home, too. Included at the resort are more than 60 acres of resort property for hiking, level tent sites, WiFi access, campground showers and lockers, and a camp store. Also, during the summer, the resort puts on entertainment shows for guests at the center.
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Based in Eugene, Ore., Duncan Jenkins has been writing finance-related articles since 2008. His specialties include personal finance advice, mortgage/equity loans and credit management. Jenkins obtained his bachelor's degree in English from Clark University.