Best Campgrounds in North Carolina

This list represents the most popular campgrounds in North Carolina. Use this list to plan your next North Carolina campgrounds trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Black Mountain Campground


Black Mountain Campground has been around a long time. Over the years it has been well maintained. Now it is like an antique, treasured by families that have been returning to Black Mountain through t…
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#2. Rocky Bluff Campground


While heading into the Rocky Bluff Recreation Area, I found it hard to believe there was a campground down there. The road dipped into very hilly terrain, with nary a flat spot to be found. But soon e…
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#3. Carolina Beach State Park


This area of the Carolinas certainly has some amazing natural attributes, but the most unusual of all may be the Venus flytrap. Perhaps you have heard of it. The modified leaves of this plant close ra…
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#4. Lake James State Park


Lake James, fed by the fine waters of the Pisgah River, is one of the cleanest, clearest lakes in the Carolinas. It also has some of the best views, as the high mountains of the Pisgah National Forest…
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#5. Lake Powhatan Campground


Fake Powhatan is a nicely developed, well-maintained recreation destination. While it is a great destination in its own right, being so close to Asheville adds the possibility of visiting tourist dest…
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#6. Badin Lake Campground


Depending on where you’re coming from, there are several ways to reach Badin Lake Campground. Most of them take a lot of twists and turns, but the drive is worth it. This lakeside campground is the…
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#7. Camping on Cape Hatteras National Seashore


Camping is the logical extension of any outdoor experience, and it’s the best way to get deeper into the nature of the Outer Banks. Sleeping on the soft barrier island sand, feeling the constant stick…
From the guidebook "Exploring Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores"
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#8. Lake Powhatan Campground


Lake Powhatan is a nicely developed, well-maintained recreation destination. While it is a great destination in its own right, its proximity to Asheville adds the possibilities of visiting tourist des…
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#9. Mount Pisgah Campground


This is the highest campground on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, nearly 5,000 feet. And that is just the beginning of the superlatives here. Try secluded campsites just for tent campers in a high co…
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#10. Lake Norman State Park


With a name like Lake Norman, this state park is obviously a water-oriented destination. In that regard, it doesn’t disappoint. Nearly the entire preserve is situated on a peninsula jutting into this…
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#11. Linville Falls Campground


The Blue Ridge Parkway is an unusual national park. It is linear, stretching 469 miles on the spine of the Southern Appalachians, connecting Great Smoky Mountain and Shenandoah National Parks. When de…
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#12. Camping & Cabins on Cape Lookout National Seashore


At night Cape Lookout National Seashore is one of the darkest places you will ever be. With no artificial lights for miles around, you’ll be awed by the blackness of the sky and how long it’s been sin…
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#13. Frisco Campground


Frisco Campground offers some phenomenal oceanside scenery. Located in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the campground is situated among dunes so hilly that you might think you were in the mountai…
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#14. Mount Pisgah Campground


This is the highest campground on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway at nearly 5,000 feet. And that is just the beginning of the superlatives here. Try secluded sites just for tent campers in a highcou…
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#15. Standing Indian Campground


According to Cherokee legend, a warrior was once posted on top of a certain mountain to look out for a flying monster that had snatched a child from a nearby village. The villagers prayed to the Great…
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#16. Hanging Rock State Park


I can understand why Hanging Rock is so popular. The natural setting is dramatic: the Sauratown Mountains rise from the Piedmont in barren rock faces, forming natural vista points for overlooking the…
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#17. Jones Gap State Park


This state park and the adjacent Caesars Head State Park are operated as low-impact wilderness parks. This means that they are not designed like traditional parks with big drive-up campgrounds, parkin…
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#18. Lake Powhatan Campground


Lake Powhatan is a nicely developed, wellmaintained recreation destination. While it is a great destination in its own right, its proximity to Asheville adds the possibilities of visiting tourist dest…
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#19. Mount Pisgah Campground


This is the highest campground on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, at nearly 5,000 feet. And that is just the beginning of the superlatives here. Try secluded sites just for tent campers in a high-count…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas"
Asheville, NC - Campgrounds
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#20. Ocracoke Island Campground


Ocracoke Island is accessible only by ferry, but the extra effort reaps scenic rewards. Most of the island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is kept in its natural state. The vill…
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