Camping in North Carolina

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North Carolina

About North Carolina Camping

From the shores of Cape Hatteras to the ancient mountains of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, North Carolina is a state that is as beautiful as it is diverse in natural wonders. Whether you fancy a day of surfing in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean or a climb up Mount Mitchell, the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi, there’s an outdoor adventure waiting for you. So grab your bathing suit or your hiking poles (or both!) and find the best camping in North Carolina.

The pristine beauty of North Carolina’s Outer Banks have always drawn vacationers looking for a respite from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. Fortunately for those that like sleeping under the stars, camping in North Carolina at one of the state’s many beaches is a great way to experience the sun and sand without the expense of a vacation rental. With over 300 miles of coastline, there are dozens of state and private campgrounds to choose from.

If pitching your tent in coastal sand dunes isn’t your cup of tea then pack your bag and head to the mountains of Western North Carolina—a region known throughout the southeast for its abundant opportunities to recreate outdoors. Whether you’re rafting down the Nantahala River that winds through the beautiful and remote Nantahala National Forest or hiking on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, a 1,175 mile footpath that spans the width of North Carolina, you won’t run out of reasons to be outside.

North Carolina has 40 mountains that rise above 6,000 feet (aforementioned Mount Mitchell is the tallest, clocking in at 6,684 feet) and 100 that stand more than 5,000 feet. Camping in the shadows of these peaks is just one thing that makes camping in North Carolina so special. And with 2.1 million acres of public land in the state, finding a campground is as easy as pulling out a map.

Whether it’s saltwater waves, pristine peaks or rushing rivers that excite you, let The Dyrt help you discover the best camping in North Carolina.

Recent Reviews In North Carolina

3526 Reviews of 815 North Carolina Campgrounds

AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2021

Asheville Long Weekend

This KOA was the only place with availability over Thanksgiving weekend. We loved our spot on the lake, bathrooms were clean-one minus was no hot water in men’s shower although I had hot water at the same time.

SiteC10
Month of VisitDecember
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Reviewed Nov. 29, 2021

Heaven

Welcoming and beautifully maintained campground with clubhouse and saltwater swimming pool. Tent, Rv, and park model rentals on the premises. Open year round.

Sitelot 72 park model
Month of VisitJuly
Jaime W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2021

Peaceful Camping

We really enjoyed how peaceful this campground is and everyone was friendly. The spots are a really nice size and the park has sweet donkeys and a duck pond to visit. The location is close to downtown Wilson that has a small town charm. Visit the Whirligig park that’s special to this location.

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Site27
Month of VisitDecember
Doug K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2021

Clean quite friendly

Arrived day after Thanksgiving. Planed on staying one night on a quick stop over. The owners had a free Friends Giving brunch the next day. Food was home cooked and amazing. Very accommodating when we wanted to stay an additional night. We will return.

Anthony I.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2021

The rushing stream was the perfect white noise for a restful night.

This place is lovely, an idyllic setting, wonderful hosts, very clean facilities, and a great location to explore the area. We spent 2 nights here and loved our site, the deck over the rushing stream was a perfect place to sip coffee in the mornings and whiskey in the evenings. The dog park gave…

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  • Our site (site 15), right on the stream, a perfect location. Dog park right in front, bathhouse, a few hundred feet away.
SiteSite 15
Month of VisitDecember
GThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2021

Nice hiking trails from the campground

This campground has about 10 sites with electric and water. The rest are dry camping with a lot of shade. Sites are large and separated by plenty of greenery. Showers are clean and hot.

  • Site 11
Site11
Month of VisitDecember
A
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2021

Amazing sites right on the water

Our loop had every site just a stones throw from the shoreline. BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS!!! For some reason, site 100 requires 100ft of hose to get to the water hookup. Never seen one so far, and all other sites appeared to be 25ft or less. T-mobile had no service, but Verizon did.

Site100
Month of VisitSeptember
Brian M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2021

Oregon Inlet Campground

Fantastic campground perfectly located halfway between Corolla and Frisco! Extremely clean bathrooms and great beach access! Not all sites have hookups so double check what you’re getting when you book! If you’re looking for a quiet campground outside of the hustle and bustle but within reach of…

SiteC9
Month of VisitDecember
Justin P.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2021

The perfect location for OBX

I’ve stayed here a few times each of the last 3 years and it’s by far one of the best campgrounds I’ve stayed at

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SiteA10
Month of VisitDecember
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2021

Nice, quiet and wooded

This is a state park with wooded campsites. Lots of ponds. Large playgrounds and an aquatic center a short distance from RV sites. Lots of friendly neighbors and staff.

SiteB5
Month of VisitDecember
NThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2021

quiet, clean, friendly/helpful stafd

we stayed here to get closer to friends on Thanksgiving, my son enjoyed biking in the campground, it has 5acre lake that allowed for fishing, small playground and pool (closed due to weather) clean laundry.. best stay as well because of the pizza.. generous site space, pave and gravel.. our site is…

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Site47
Month of VisitDecember
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Reviewed Nov. 26, 2021

Disappointing

While the grounds are pretty, very tight sights. Bathrooms are quite dirty and strong sewer smell all around. Many unsupervised children…one even was crawling under our RV. There are definitely no hiking trails to speak of…followed one only to come away with ticks as it was very overgrown. I…

Site26
Month of VisitDecember
SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2021

What a view!

What a great campground! Small size, gorgeous view, really nice bath house and easy access to Pilot Mt State park

Month of VisitNovember
GThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2021

Mostly empty in November

This was a very pleasant campground in November when it was 80% empty. A short walk over the dune to miles of empty beach. No hookups and cold showers, but the natural beauty and sound of the surf at night made it perfect. The pads are short and sites are close with no privacy. Can't say how it…

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SiteD016
Month of VisitDecember
GThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2021

Large sites in wooded setting

Very well cared for campground. Sites are neat and spacious, with clearance for larger rigs. All sites have electric. Four sites are FF. We arrived on a Monday at noon and 3 of those were open. Showers were clean and hot. Good Verizon 4G service.

The Market at Cedar Point is an excellent small…

  • Site 17
Site17
Month of VisitDecember

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