Camping in North Carolina

THE BEST CAMPING IN

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

2660 Reviews of 774 North Carolina Campgrounds

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Reviewed May. 16, 2021

Enjoyed our stay !!

Older campground but full of charm. Lot of hiking paths which our dog loved. Owners were very nice to deal with. Although we did not do much they have a fishing pond, a very nice kids playground. A short hike and you are on Lake Tilery excellent internet service. We will stay again. It was a very…

Site3
Month of VisitJune
AdventureStang
Reviewed May. 15, 2021

Awesome campground

We stayed at this park for a couple nights. The bathroom facilities were nice, the spots were clean, we stayed during the week so it was empty. Might be a little too open if the campground is full. The overlook from the top of the “mountain” was beautiful.

Site60
Month of VisitMay
AdventureStang
Reviewed May. 15, 2021

Nice campground

We only stayed for one night on our way through to Raleigh. Nice campground, the spots are close together but the trees make for a little more privacy. We were inland at an electric spot to charge our portable power source. Showers/bathrooms were nice.

Site90
Month of VisitMay
James T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 15, 2021

Cape Hatteras koa outer banks

Fun place for the kids you have outdoor pools hot tub 's jumpy things for the kids Scavenger hunts, Also have plenty of activities to do around the resort nice restaurants clean restaurants access to the beach RV sites level. You can also rent a Golf cart

Site238 was level
Month of VisitSeptember
Elizabeth D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 15, 2021

Tons of turtles

This place was quite on the off season. Nice showers and bathrooms.

Month of VisitJune
K
Reviewed May. 15, 2021

On the fly

My husband and I took a road trip and needed to find a spot to car camp last minute in the area. The narrow road to go up/down is alittle sketchy but we made it. The first two spots were taken so we drove to the end where it seperated to private drives. There was a fire pit and a trail that we…

  • car camping in a Jeep 👍
  • fire pit area
  • separates to private drives.
Month of VisitJune
James T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 14, 2021

Cape Hatteras campground

Very beautiful campground,indoor pool and hot tube, golf carts allowed or rent from local place, Access to the beach or you can stay on the sound side. Restaurants are near and you can even rent jet skis Across the street.clean restrooms ,staff is friendly.

Sitesite 33 very level all hook ups and near oceanfront
Month of VisitJune
bThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 14, 2021

Hanging Rock NC

Great open and spacious camping lots in the trees. They are also located along the hiking path for Moore's Wall and a short walk to the beach where you can swim out to a large floating platform or just hang out in the sand.

Month of VisitJune
Jason D.
Reviewed May. 14, 2021

Great Campsite

Beautiful site, nice amenities, a quick walk over the dunes and you’re on the beach.

SiteB18
Month of VisitJune
Jason D.
Reviewed May. 14, 2021

Camping in the Sandhills

Nice spot, lots of activities, not far from Pinehurst/Fort Bragg

SiteA10
Month of VisitDecember
Tim M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 12, 2021

Novelty

Not good camping if your in a tent

Month of VisitMay
Tim M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 12, 2021

Cross country camping

Got to camp with the bears! Sites were shades and privacy was nice. Water electricity And I'll stay again

Month of VisitMay
GThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 11, 2021

Nice, but sites are small

Admittedly, this was our first trip out with our new (to us) travel trailer.  The campground was clean and had nice amenities.  It was too cool to play mini golf and we were there before the pool opened.  The setting around the campground is beautiful and pastoral with cows grazing.  Lots to love…

SiteH6
Month of VisitJune
S
Reviewed May. 11, 2021

Spacious Sites

This campsite doesn’t seem to be too popular which is fine. The tent sites are some of the better spread out ones that I’ve seen and having cell coverage is immensely appreciated considering you’re basically in the middle of nowhere. Beautiful hikes around the river right next door.

Site1
Month of VisitJune

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