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