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South Mountains State Park

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State Park

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  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Dispersed
  • Group
  • Equestrian


For Campers

  • Market
  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Water Hookups
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly


24 Reviews of South Mountains State Park

Ratings Breakdown

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Reviewed May. 31, 2022

Great state park!

Beautiful place with a lot to offer! The hikes near the falls were quite busy on Memorial Day weekend, but the backcountry campsites were quiet and well-kept. Lots of places to play on the river, rock hopping or swimming around the Jacob Fork Parking area. We were able to park there since we had…

  • Little river campground site 2. Big grassy knob in the middle with campgrounds on four corners against the woods.
SiteLittle River Backcountry Campground site 2
Month of VisitJune
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2021

Fairly close and great place to camp.

This is a great place to camp. It is somewhat close to Charlotte, but is little known. There are extensive hiking trails. The grade of the trails is from easy to hard. They have a 70 foot waterfall that has a stairway along the side of it. This has car camping, backpack camping, horse and bike…

Month of VisitJune
JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2021

Excellent First Camping Experience

I had determined that this campground was the perfect distance and look to host my first ever outing. I was nervous and excited as I rolled up to the park. 

The visitor center staff were welcoming and assisted in securing the few last-minute items that I needed (firewood, ice, popcorn). The…

  • Enjoying the river
  • The lower portion of the falls
  • The High Shoals Fall
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SiteFamily 1
Month of VisitSeptember


South Mountains State Park is located in North Carolina


South Mountains State Park is located in Burke County, 20.5 miles south of Morganton. From I-40, turn south on NC 18, travel 11.1 miles and make a right turn onto SR 1913 (Sugarloaf Road). Take SR 1913 to Old NC 18 4.3 miles and turn left. Travel 2.7 miles and make a right turn onto SR 1901 (Ward's Gap Road). The park is 1.4 miles off SR 1901 on SR 1904 (South Mountains Park Avenue).


3001 South Mountains State Park Ave
Connelly Springs, NC 28612


35.5959205 N
81.6003744 W

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