With Summer coming to an end (sniffle) cooler temperatures in the hopefully distant future mean one thing…perfect camping conditions! From the mountains to the coast…there is a campground and some beautiful scenery waiting for you.
1. Mount Pisgah Campground
At a whooping 5,000 ft. Mount Pisgah campground is one of the highest along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy panoramic views from the observation deck or simply hike to find peaceful solitude.
2. Ocracoke Campground
For some different scenery pitch a tent right in the sand dunes at Ocracoke Campground. The campground is reachable by boat.
3. Mount Mitchell
Spend a day of hiking the highest peak east of the Mississippi. At night, pitch a tent at the summit and enjoy a simply amazing view of the stars. The next morning enjoy a sunrise among the clouds. Sounds pretty amazing to me!
4. Goose Creek State Park
For those who enjoy "glamping" drive your RV down to Greese Creek R.V Resort. With coastal terrain to explore, and the beaches not too far away, this is a great option for a long weekend.
5. Hanging Rock State Park
For that mountain feel right in the Piedmont, Hanging Rock is the perfect place to pitch a tent. Enjoy waterfalls, trails, boating, horseback riding...whatever your heart desires! You won't find much boredom here.
6. South Mountain State Park
Just a little over an hour outside of Charlotte you'll find a woodsy haven in South Mountain. Between a breathtaking waterfall, meandering streams, and miles of trails...it's hard to believe you can pitch a tent somewhere so peaceful, so fairly close to the city!
7. Linville Gorge
For those seeking a true backpacking experience hike the strenuous (but well worth it) Linville Gorge. Pitch a tent along the trail at night and backpack the next day away!
8. Hammocks Beach State Park
If you're seeking a private ocean oasis, take the ferry to Hammocks Beach. The fourteen minute ride drops you off in sheer solitude. Enjoy the sound of crashing waves and a crystal clear night sky.
9. Big Creek Campground
This small campground, with only 12 spots available, is worth the trip! Big Creek offers some of the most amazing views and breathtaking scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains.
10. Pilot Mountain State Park
For an impromptu camping trip in the Piedmont...try out Pilot Mountain. Depending on your location in the state, the drive is short enough for a quick one night in the wilderness.