5 Best RV Campgrounds in NC Mountains

 5 Best RV Campgrounds in NC Mountains

Ready to hit the road to escape the hustle and bustle? Here's a list of the best RV campgrounds in NC mountains. 

Jennifer and I love to go off the grid near the Blue Ridge Parkway, but we also love the fun art galleries in Asheville. The mountains in North Carolina are the perfect compromise!

The Best RV Campgrounds in NC Mountains

With endless beauty, the North Carolina mountains offer many great places to stay. But here are the best of the best! 

1. Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park
Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park is one of the best RV campgrounds in NC mountains! Why? It has cool geological features and an abundance of outdoor recreation

Approximately 30 miles north of Winston-Salem, Hanging Rock State Park is in the Sauratown Mountain Range. The mountain range, named after the early Saura people that once inhabited the area. It towers over the nearby county and has peaks just under 2,600 feet in elevation.   

Hanging Rock State Park gets its name from a large quartzite cliff that “hangs” above the valley below. It was established in 1936, covering only 3,100 acres, but has grown to over 7,900 since 2015. 

The 73-site campground located in Hanging Rock State Park can accommodate RVs, but there are no hook-ups. Although you would be dry camping, there are picnic tables and grills available. Drinking water and showers are available in the campground. 

The park is located near Stokes County, offering an outdoor wonderland for hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers, and rock climbers. Paddlers and anglers won’t be bored either! 

There are more than 20 miles of multi-use trails in Hanging Rock State Park. They can be used for hiking, riding or biking. There are also 8.4 miles of mountain biking trails available for your enjoyment. 

Trails vary in intensity and length, so you might want to stop by the visitor center to grab a map. There is one 0.1 path leading to the Rock Garden for anyone with mobility impairments. 

For fishermen, enjoy the park’s small lake by casting for sunfish, bass, or catfish. Canoes and rowboats are available to rent for paddling on the lake. Or, bring your own gear to enjoy everything Dan River has to offer!

If rock climbing is more your thing, it is permitted on the 400-foot-high Cook’s Wall, as well as Moore’s Wall

Or hang back and enjoy a picnic at one of the picnic areas. You can also enjoy the concession stand and exhibit hall.

2. Davidson River Campground

Davidson River Campground
Davidson River Campground

Davidson River Campground is open year-round. It is located about four miles west of the town Brevard, which is less than a one hour drive from Asheville. It offers camping and outdoor activities the whole family can enjoy.

Davidson River Campground is located in the Pisgah National Forest, which boasts an elevation of 2,150 feet.

The surrounding landscape offers mile-high peaks, thick forests with hardwood and conifer trees, and beautiful waterfalls. The access to the beautiful natural landscape makes this one of the best RV campgrounds in NC Mountains. 

You can also check out the ever-popular Looking Glass Falls, scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, and Sliding Rock. Or pop into the nearby town of Asheville for lunch, shopping or to visit an art gallery.  

The campground provides several shaded loops with well-shaded campsites. It also has easy access to fishing spots, waterfalls, hiking trails, and other nearby attractions in the Pisgah National Forest

The site itself is organized into eight loops, some adjacent to water. They come equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring with grill, and lantern posts. Hot showers and flush toilets available. 

Campers can also purchase firewood or ice onsite, or rent bikes nearby, if needed. 

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3. Lake Powhatan Recreation Area and Campground

Lake Powhatan
Lake Powhatan

Located about 10 minutes from Asheville, this campground is convenient for those that like to enjoy both natural and cultural attractions. Hike in the morning, and enjoy dinner out in the evening! Having the best of both worlds makes this one of the best RV campgrounds in NC mountains!

The campground is located in a heavily wooded area, along the banks of Lake Powhatan in the Appalachian Mountains. At an elevation of 2,200 feet, there are nearby mile-high peaks, thick forests, and gorgeous waterfalls. 

Lake Powhatan has something for everyone! Families can enjoy a nearby lake featuring a sandy beach. Anglers will love fishing for trout on the lake or in the nearby French Broad River! 

Lake Powhatan provides visitors with boat rentals during the summer season (Memorial Day to Labor Day). However, personal watercraft is prohibited. 

The forest boasts many hiking and mountain biking trails near the campground. The summer offers visitors interpretive programs if you are interested. 

The campground itself is set up with four loops. Each campsite comes with a picnic table, fire ring with a grill, and lantern post. Some sites do offer RV hook-ups. 

Campers can purchase firewood, ice and other small items from the small on-site store. 

4. Pilot Mountain State Park

Pilot Mountain Big Pinnacle
Pilot Mountain Big Pinnacle

Pilot Mountain State Park is situated in two counties, Surrey and Yadkin. It is about a 20-mile drive north-west of Winston-Salem. 

The central feature at Pilot Mountain State Park is the iconic geologic knob in its center. Called Big Pinnacle, it once served as a navigational landmark for the Saura tribe. 

Outdoor enthusiasts will love the trails in the park. Hikers can hike around the mountain base, then up Little Pinnacle, which is located along the Yadkin River. 

Rock climbing and rappelling is available to those that love that type of adventure. 

Two major North Carolina trails, the Yadkin River paddle trail and the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail, traverse the park. 

5. Julian Price

Price Lake
Price Lake

Situated along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, Julian Price Campground is a favorite destination for hikers, anglers, and boaters. Many consider it one of the best RV campgrounds in NC Mountains.

It sits adjacent to Price Lake, a picturesque body of water that stands out against the backdrop of the hills behind it.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile byway that follows the elevated crests of the central and southern peaks of the Appalachian mountains. You can drive this scenic byway from Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This campground has something for all members of the family. Canoe rentals are available at Price Lake. You can also enter the lake in other non-motorized boats. 

That concludes my list of the best 5 RV campgrounds in NC mountains. Comment below if you've stayed at any of these great locations!

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5 Best RV Campgrounds in NC Mountains

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

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  • Julian Price is my favorite. Close to Blowing Rock, an eclectic town in NC, with great restaurants, arts festivals, and music! Also close to Boone, NC, home to Appalachian State University (and my Alma Mater!) The campground is part of the National Park Service and is engulfed by rhododendrons and the sweet smell of old conifers. Trophy trout fishing (you’ll need a license and trout stamp) in lakes and creeks all around the area. Flat, easy trail around Price Lake, harder and more interesting 5-mile Boone Fork Trail crosses through the campground. Campground is heavily treed, peaceful and quiet (go in May and/or September/October). There is a Generator loop for those who must have power. Otherwise, there are no hook-ups. There are bathhouses and potable water, and a dump station. You’re at 3333+ feet, so bring a jacket and raincoat -yes – even in the summer. Grandfather Mountain is “down the road”, and hosts an incredible Highland Games” in July. Gorgeous Linville Gorge is incredibly pretty, and rugged, and has its own campground (though we had a hard time getting there in our Sprinter van.) If you’re a hiker you can’t miss these. Part of the Mountain-to-Sea Trail. Cone Lake is right by Blowing Rock, and offers hiking, horsebackriding, and carriage rides through the 25 miles of intricate trails leading up to the Cone Manor, a fabulous array of local arts and crafts, demonstrations, and of course, relaxation on the front porch. Just a wonderland for me when I want to get away. Yeah – my favorite NC campground.

  • You totally left out Mountain Stream Campground in Marion, NC and 4 Paws Kingdom in Rutherfordton, NC.
    Mountain Stream Campground is on a Stream and has huge decks that overlook the stream on many of the Campsites. The Trout fishing is great!

    4 Paws Kingdom is a dog lovers paradise. It is geared for our 4 legged furry friends. Best “Pet Friendly” RV Park we have ever been to!

  • How do I get a packing list?

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