Summer is quickly coming to an end, which will bring cooler temperatures and beautiful fall colors to the Charlotte landscape. It’s the perfect season to get out and enjoy a night or two under the stars at one of the spectacular campsites in and around Charlotte. If you enjoy being one with nature and spending a few days in the peace and quiet in the forest, then you must grab your gear and head out to one of these awesome campgrounds.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Anne Springs Close Greenway
The Anne Springs Close Greenway is located in Rock Hill S.C., just 30 minutes away from Uptown Charlotte. The Greenway has lakeside campsites that accommodate up to three tents per site and they offer gorgeous views of Lake Haigler. Each campsite is equipped with a fire pit and picnic table, and campers can enjoy up to one week of camping. You do need a reservation to camp here and the camping fee is $8 per night for Anne Springs Close Greenway Camping Members and $22 per night for non-members.
In addition to camping, there are numerous other activities you can enjoy while at the Greenway. There are plenty of trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and kayaking and fishing are allowed at the lake. This site even has horse camping where paddocks and frost-free hydrants are available for the horses. This place is absolutely amazing for a scenic night under the stars!
Anne Springs Close Greenway is located at 104 Adventure Rd., Fort Mill, SC 29715
2. Lake Norman State Park
Lake Norman State Park is located on the northern shore of Lake Norman, about an hour north of Charlotte. The park has a family and group campground with 32 individual campsites that can be rented during the warm weather months of the year. Rates vary depending on the season and campground amenities include drinking water stations, a bathhouse, fire pits, lantern posts, picnic tables and more.
Camping at Lake Norman State Park offers amazing views of the lake and tons of things to do. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, and exploring the grounds. A lakeside beach is also available for swimming and enjoying some fun in the sun.
Lake Norman State Park is located at 759 State Park Rd., Troutman, NC 28166
3. McDowell Nature Preserve
McDowell Nature Preserve is located on York Road in Charlotte and provides 56 campsites ranging from full RV hook-up to primitive tent sites. Reservations must be made at this campsite 48 hours in advance and camping fees range from $15 per night (county residents) for primitive camping and $36 per night (county residents) for RV sites. The campgrounds has a bathroom, laundry facilities, and a playground, so bring the whole family and enjoy a few days in the outdoors!
McDowell Nature Preserve sits on Lake Wylie and is one of Charlotte's most undeveloped preserves. In addition to camping, visitors can boat, fish, hike, and visit the Nature Center to learn more about the plants and animals in the surrounding area. McDowell Nature Preserve is a great choice for those who want to stay within city limits while enjoying a great camping experience.
McDowell Nature Preserve is located at 15222 South York Rd., Charlotte, NC 28278
4. Ebenezer Park
Ebenezer Park is a camping spot located north of Rock Hill on Lake Wylie. Only half an hour from Charlotte, this campground is a go-to spot for those who want to stay close to the city and enjoy a great lakeside view. There are 69 campsites and each one has fresh drinking water, a picnic table, electrical hook-ups, and a fire pit. Rates range from $28.00 per night for York County residents and $31.00 per night for non-residents.
Activities at the park include boating and fishing, swimming, hiking, and more. Ebenezer Park is a great, close spot for a fun family camping weekend or a camping trip with friends.
Ebenezer Park is located at 4490 Boatshore Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29732
5. South Mountain State Park
If you are able to travel a little further north, South Mountain State Park is worth the trip. Located about an hour and a half from Charlotte, South Mountain State Park covers approximately 19,000 acres and includes part of the South Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, and High Shoals Falls.
South Mountain State Park is a great place for those who enjoy backpack camping and offers 20 backpacking campsites at six locations off the trails. The park also offers equestrian campsites for horseback riders and drive-in campsites for those who prefer to bring their vehicle or RV. The mountain views and extensive hiking trails are some of the major draws of this campsite, and visitors often get a glimpse of the gorgeous High Shoals waterfalls when staying here. If you are looking for a more rugged, mountainous camping experience, South Mountain State Park is the place to visit..
South Mountain State Park is located at 3001 South Mountain Park Ave., Connelly Springs, NC 28612
6. Linville Falls Campground
Linville Falls Campground is another majestic camping spot if you are willing to drive a little further. Located near Linville, North Carolina, about two hours from Charlotte, Linville Falls offers campers primitive campsites, an RV Park and even rustic log cabins if you prefer camping indoors. Each site is equipped with a grill, fire pit, and picnic table.
This campground is in close proximity to the renowned Linville Gorge and the famous Blue Ridge Parkway. Linville Gorge is an outstanding site that surrounds the Linville River located 1,400 feet below. Some call Linville Gorge the "Grand Canyon of North Carolina." There are many hiking trails that lead you around the gorge, and this place is a must see for nature enthusiasts.
Linville Falls Campground is located at 717 Gurney Franklin Rd., Newland, NC 28657.
Make sure these are on your list this fall, we promise you won’t be disappointed!