Places to Go Camping in the North Carolina Mountains

Places to Go Camping in the North Carolina Mountains
If you are looking for a camping adventure filled with breathtaking views, plan a trip to the mountains of North Carolina. Between national recreation areas, state forests and state parks, there are bound to be campgrounds that will make your vacation memorable. With mountainous vistas stretching for miles and few signs of man's intervention, camping in the mountains of North Carolina will be a wonderful adventure you will remember for years.

Mount Mitchell State Park

At 6,685 feet, Mount Mitchell is the highest mountain peak east of the Mississippi River. This mountainous, 1,946 acre state park is filled with beautiful vistas and tranquility. The park has nine campsites for tent camping only, and each has a grill and picnic table. Restrooms are provided, with no showers or hot water. Backpack camping is also available within the park. Recreational activities include several hiking trails, picnicking and a concession stand, restaurant and exhibit hall that are all open from May through October.

Mount Mitchell State Park
2388 State Highway 128
Burnsville, North Carolina 28714
(828) 675-4611


South Mountains State Park

South Mountains State Park is 14,132 acres filled with an abundance of nature, including waterfalls. Don't be surprised if you run into a bear. There are 11 primitive family campsites available in the park, and each include a fire ring and picnic table. Pit toilets and drinkable water are near the campground. There are 20 backpack camping sites, group camping facilities and 15 equestrian campsites. There is a 33-stall barn within the equestrian camping area as well as hot showers. Recreational activities include miles of hiking tails, 29 miles of horseback riding trails and mountain-bike trails. Trout fishing is available in the park's many streams, but a trout fishing license is required. The park also offers a picnic area.

South Mountains State Park
3001 South Mountain Park Ave.
Connelly Springs, North Carolina 28612
(828) 433-4686

Stone Mountain State Park

Stone Mountain State Park bears its name because of the 600-foot granite dome situated there. The park lies on 14,100 acres of mountain beauty at its best. The park offers 88 family campsites, which include picnic tables and grills. Some sites have electricity and water hookups. The bathhouse offers hot showers and drinking water. There are also four group campsites and six backpack campsites within the park. There are seven hiking trails as well as an area for rock climbing. The park offers more than 20 miles of streams to fish in, with a North Carolina fishing license. There is an area to picnic and various exhibits and historical sites visitors can experience within the park.

Stone Mountain State Park
3042 Frank Parkway
Roaring Gap, North Carolina 28668
(336) 957-8185


Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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