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.

  • #1 Black Mountain Campground

    3 Reviews

    Burnsville, NC

    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 ...
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    Black Mountain Campground has been around a long time. Over the years it has been well maintained. Now it is like an antique, ...

  • #2 Rocky Bluff Campground

    3 Reviews

    Hot Springs, NC

    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 ...
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    While heading into the Rocky Bluff Recreation Area, I found it hard to believe there was a campground down there. The road ...

  • #3 Lake James State Park

    3 Reviews

    Lake James, NC

    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 ...
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    Lake James, fed by the fine waters of the Pisgah River, is one of the cleanest, clearest lakes in the Carolinas. It also ...

  • #4 Carolina Beach State Park

    0 Reviews

    Carolina Beach, NC

    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 ...
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    This area of the Carolinas certainly has some amazing natural attributes, but the most unusual of all may be the Venus flytrap. ...

  • #5 Lake Powhatan Campground

    1 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    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 ...
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    Fake Powhatan is a nicely developed, well-maintained recreation destination. While it is a great destination in its own right, ...

  • #6 Badin Lake Campground

    2 Reviews

    Badin Lake, NC

    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 ...
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    Depending on where you’re coming from, there are several ways to reach Badin Lake Campground. Most of them take a lot of ...

  • #7 Camping on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    1 Reviews

    Buxton, NC

    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 ...
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    Camping is the logical extension of any outdoor experience, and it’s the best way to get deeper into the nature of the Outer ...

  • #8 Lake Powhatan Campground

    4 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    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 ...
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    Lake Powhatan is a nicely developed, well-maintained recreation destination. While it is a great destination in its own right, ...

  • #9 Mount Pisgah Campground

    1 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    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 ...
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    This is the highest campground on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, nearly 5,000 feet. And that is just the beginning of the ...

  • #10 Lake Norman State Park

    1 Reviews

    Hanging Rock, NC

    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 ...
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    With a name like Lake Norman, this state park is obviously a water-oriented destination. In that regard, it doesn’t disappoint. ...

  • #11 Linville Falls Campground

    2 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    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. ...
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    The Blue Ridge Parkway is an unusual national park. It is linear, stretching 469 miles on the spine of the Southern Appalachians, ...

  • #12 Camping & Cabins on Cape Lookout National Seashore

    0 Reviews

    Harkers Island, NC

    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 ...
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    At night Cape Lookout National Seashore is one of the darkest places you will ever be. With no artificial lights for miles ...

  • #13 Frisco Campground

    1 Reviews

    Frisco, NC

    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 ...
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    Frisco Campground offers some phenomenal oceanside scenery. Located in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the campground ...

  • #14 Mount Pisgah Campground

    1 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    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 ...
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    This is the highest campground on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway at nearly 5,000 feet. And that is just the beginning of the ...

  • #15 Standing Indian Campground

    2 Reviews

    Franklin, NC

    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 ...
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    According to Cherokee legend, a warrior was once posted on top of a certain mountain to look out for a flying monster that ...

  • #16 Hanging Rock State Park

    1 Reviews

    Hanging Rock, NC

    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 ...
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    I can understand why Hanging Rock is so popular. The natural setting is dramatic: the Sauratown Mountains rise from the Piedmont ...

  • #17 Jones Gap State Park

    1 Reviews

    Marietta, NC

    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, ...
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    This state park and the adjacent Caesars Head State Park are operated as low-impact wilderness parks. This means that they ...

  • #18 Lake Powhatan Campground

    0 Reviews

    Enka, NC

    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 ...
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    Lake Powhatan is a nicely developed, wellmaintained recreation destination. While it is a great destination in its own right, ...

  • #19 Mount Pisgah Campground

    0 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    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 ...
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    This is the highest campground on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, at nearly 5,000 feet. And that is just the beginning of ...

  • #20 Ocracoke Island Campground

    0 Reviews

    Ocracoke, NC

    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 ...
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    Ocracoke Island is accessible only by ferry, but the extra effort reaps scenic rewards. Most of the island is part of the ...