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North Carolina is the state for the ultimate outdoor adventure, featuring the most majestic landscapes and an array of parks and wildlife to rival the most verdant forests worldwide.

It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in the continental USA. It is filled with stunning natural landscapes, including state and national camps filled with various outdoor amenities.

Here are nine of the best places to camp with your travel trailer in North Carolina. 

Bear Den Campground

Bear Den is one of the most amazing places for a backpacking experience, including for enthusiasts with lightweight camping trailers looking to be at one with nature. It’s situated in the Pisgah National Forest and features various tents, cozy cabins, and log cottages. This campground has a full deck of services, including electricity, sewage hookups, a dump station, and shower facilities.

You can engage in various outdoor ventures, including hiking, boating, fishing, wildlife watching, and mountain biking. The campground also includes a trading post for camping essentials like hiking gear and food rations for individuals camping with pets.

Plan your adventure: Bear Den Campground

Hammocks Beach State Park

Hammocks Beach State Park is in Swansboro and is among the most talked about places by many travel trailer camping blogs.

The area consists of three amazing islands and a mainland area, including the famous Bear Island. You can only access the islands by ferry or canoe, but you can park your travel trailer on the mainland and camp there for an equally enjoyable experience. 

The majestic dunes and behemoth ocean waves offer an almost magical overnight stay. Hammocks Beach is renowned for various activities, including picnicking, fishing, and swimming.

Plan your adventure: Hammocks Beach State Park

Black Mountain

The South Toe River is popular on its own but is even more famous thanks to the looming Black Mountain.

Black Mountain is an all-time favorite for hikers and climbers. It features a campground that offers panoramic views of the Appalachian Mountains.

However, you’ll need to visit between April and October when the campsite is accessible. You’ll love the numerous facilities that elevate your trailer experience, including fire pits and modern bathrooms for hot showers.

The Black Mountain Campground features countless recreational activities, including kayaking and mountain biking. The campground also offers river access to water-based activities like fishing, canoeing, and swimming.

Plan your adventure: Black Mountain

Carolina Beach State Park

Driving along Hanover County will bring you to Pleasure Island. The Carolina Beach State Park is on this island and has over 750 acres of untouched wilderness rich in natural diversity.

The park is a renowned coastal attraction with miles of secluded beach. It has countless hiking trails that go through various ecosystems. Moreover, a marina provides access to excellent fishing areas, including abundant plants and wildlife.

More importantly, this park is accessible throughout the year and offers basic amenities like water, electricity, and sewage hookups for lightweight camping trailers.

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Cape Lookout is situated on the Crystal Coast south of the Outer Banks and is one of North Carolina’s best-kept secrets. It features three untouched barrier islands stretching over 50 miles.

It is a prime spot to set camp for enthusiasts who want to escape the city. Trailer camping is an excellent pastime here, and some popular activities include windsurfing, swimming, birdwatching, and shelling.

Horses roam the beach, and you can stop by Portsmouth Village for a guided tour.

Plan your adventure: Cape Lookout National Seashore

Croatan National Forest

Croatan National Forest is one of the four North Carolina national forests. It’s on the Atlantic coast and run by the United States Forest Service. The 160,000-acre forest is the only one of its kind on the entire East Coast. It is home to various habitats, including pine forests, marshes, estuaries, and pocosins. The water has plenty of aquatic wildlife, which attracts predators like black bears, ospreys, and alligators.

Still, you can partake in several activities like fishing, kayaking, boating, and canoeing. Many people here prefer to sit in their trailers and soak in nature’s beauty.

The available campgrounds offer a mix of facilities such as fire pits, picnic tables, and well-equipped restrooms with flush toilets and showers.

Plan your adventure: Croatan National Forest

Jones Lake State Park

Jones Lake State Park is located in Elizabethtown and is renowned far and wide for the Carolina Bays. The park is over 2300 acres and offers a delightful trove of activities for outdoorsy folks, including a four-mile trail that overlooks the bay lake.

It’s a prime spot to park your trailer for campfire activities and features amenities like water, electricity, and picnic tables.

The summer months open up other activities, allowing you to explore the park via paddle boat or canoe. There’s a visitor’s center where the family can learn about the bay’s ecology.

Grandfather Mountain State Park

Grandfather State Park is home to Grandfather Mountain, after which the park was named. It’s famous for having some of the most challenging terrains and is a mecca for climbers and mountaineers.

The park is over 2400 acres and offers countless recreational activities, including backpacking and hiking. Major attractions here include the Mile High Swinging Bridge and Forest Gump Curve – featured in the movie of the same name.

The activities here at Grandfather Mountain also involve climbing, picnicking, camping, and wildlife watching, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your lightweight camping trailer.

Plan your adventure: Grandfather Mountain State Park

Hanging Rock State Park

The unusual rock formations in Hanging Rock State Park are a must-see for rock enthusiasts driving through Stokes County. The park is located within the Sauratown Mountains – named for the Saura Indians that used to live in the area centuries past.

Water and wind erosion are the reason for the weird rock formations, including Wolf Rock, Devil’s Rock, and the renowned Hanging Rock.

In addition to rock watching, the park features a trailer campground with toilet facilities, a lake bathhouse, and rustic cabins.

Cook’s Wall and Moore’s Wall are two places open to climbers, and there’s a museum and visitors center for campers who’d like to learn about the area.

Plan your adventure: Hanging Rock State Park

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