North Carolina June 14, 2017
10 Glorious Campgrounds In North Carolina Where No Reservation Is Required
When is a more perfect time to pitch a tent beneath the stars than summer in North Carolina. If you’re craving cool mountain air, the sound of a rushing river, total solitude or even waking up next to the ocean, there’s a campground for you. Wanting to know where to get primitive this summer? These ten campgrounds are amazing.
1. Balsam Mountain Campground
As the highest camping spot in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you won't only get stunning views (at 5,400 feet elevation), but also total remoteness. Pack a jacket, because the high elevation means summer nights can get a bit chilly.
2. Big Creek Campground
This first come first serve campground is prime real estate for a getaway in the Smokies. With 12 walk-in camping spots, you'll have to sweat a bit to secure a spot but the reward is worth it. You're in close proximity to jaw dropping waterfalls and miles of hiking trails.
3. Frisco Beach
On the other end of the spectrum, if you've dreamed of falling asleep to the sound of waves and waking up to a beach sunrise, Frisco Beach is the perfect place to pitch a tent and spend the night. It's great for stargazing or a weekend away during a full moon.
4. Jordan Lake
Those in the Piedmont and Eastern region of the state can escape to solitude at Jordan Lake in Apex. With miles of hiking trails circling the lake and camping spots as primitive as a mountain counterpart, it's a great 'staycation' for Triangle residents.
5. Ocracoke Campground
Making the accessibility a bit more exclusive, take the ferry to camp at Ocracoke Campground. The campsite is the perfect mix of remote vibes with the quaint town of Ocracoke not far away and great for spending a night or two during a beach vacation to add a little adventure. Side note -- you will have to register prior to camping here.
7. Mount Pisgah Campground
The ideally located Mount Pisgah Campground places you at 5,000 feet elevation, one of the highest camping spots in the Blue Ridge. While you might want to stay, exploring is necessary since you'll be in close proximity to waterfalls, hiking trails, and all the wonders the sprawling Pisgah Forest has to offer.
8. Goose Creek State Park
For those seeking an RV option, Goose Creek State Park near Washington offers a great RV Resort. You can take in coastal vibes and explore hiking trails while retreating back to the comfort of your 'glampmobile.'
9. Lake James State Park
Located on the rolling base of the Linville Gorge, Lake James offers stunning views and gorgeous clear water. Various campgrounds lend different vibes; waterside, tucked into the woods, or even remote yet close to hiking trails. Read why we named Lake James one of
North Carolina's most gorgeous campgrounds.
10. Linville Gorge
With camping spots located near Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain, it's essential to find a place to rest you head while conquering the difficult yet worthwhile hiking trails found here. Deemed 'Grand Canyon of the East,' Linville Gorge is so much more than the stunning vista from Wiseman's View but a true outdoor and adventure lover's paradise. If you're not sure where to start when it comes to hikes, read
our guide to Linville Gorge here.
These are some seriously beautiful options for camping across the Tar Heel state. What are some of your favorite campgrounds here?
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