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Tranquil Creekside Camp
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1. Tranquil Creekside Camp

Come relax in a non-discriminatory, non-judgmental healing atmosphere at this one-of-a-kind property. Both of our campsites are far enough from the...

Mikaela: Pat & Andrew were awesome! They gave us a tour of the farm & made some amazing food for us- well worth the additional cost. ...
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EarthSeed: Smoky Mt. Sanctuary
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2. EarthSeed: Smoky Mt. Sanctuary

Welcome to Butterfly Farm Sanctuary, a small spiritual retreat center for people committed to their own inner transformation. Nestled on 22 acres...

Bryan: We loved our stay at Butterfly Farm! The place is incredibly peaceful, and the hosts have put so much care and effort into the...
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Davidson River Campground

3. Davidson River Campground

Davidson River Campground is situated smack dab in the middle of many trail launch points, making for an ideal choice for those of us who cringe...

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Lake Powhatan Campground

4. Lake Powhatan Campground

Hemming the outskirts of Bent Creek Experimental Forest, Lake Powhatan Campground is a string of wonderful shoreline campsites. Lake Powhatan is...

Carla: Just got back from our camping trip at Lake Powhatan Campground. We had a great time the site was beautiful. The staff were...
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Jordan Lake Campground

5. Jordan Lake Campground

100% Recommend (4 Campers)

Waterfalls and forests and cliffs, oh my! At Hanging Rock State park you’ve got it all, conveniently located just outside the cities of the triad...

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Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

6. Linville Gorge Wilderness Area

100% Recommend (4 Campers)

Painted with dropping valleys and lined with alluring rock faces, Linville Gorge Wilderness Area is just as rugged as it is rich with flora and...

Ron: Recently completed the 23 mile Linville Gorge Loop at the end of February. It was pretty challenging & took us just under 48...
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Panthertown Valley Backcountry Area

7. Panthertown Valley Backcountry Area

Often portrayed as the Yosemite of the East, Panthertown Valley is canvassed with the cool hues of North Carolina’s outlying Blue Ridge Mountains....

Jack: Panthertown Valley is one of my favorite places in Western North Carolina to backpack and fish! Miles of backcountry trails are...
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Hilltop Cabin at Raven Ridge
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8. Hilltop Cabin at Raven Ridge

Stay in our 320 sq. ft. two-floor cabin with excellent views of the highest peaks in the Appalachian Mtns. The cabin is on a 20 acre permaculture...

Nick: Fantastic place to stay if you need shelter from the elements. The host was super friendly and had a fire going in the wood...
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Crawford's Camp (w/electric & water)
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9. Crawford's Camp (w/electric & water)

We have 5 Water and Electric Camping sites, suitable for tents, pop-up or travel trailers. All sites with-in a short walking distance of our...

Priyanka: We rent this place via Hip-camp during Autumn. It was great and peaceful place to camp. Host was friendly and helpful. I would...
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Carolina Beach Campground

10. Carolina Beach Campground

Prepare for the exotic. Carolina Beach Campground hosts the illustrious Venus Flytrap plant along with biodiverse hiking paths that will be sure to...

Jessica: Great camp sites, clean bath house with hot showers. The trails are good with some awesome scenery. Once you get there it's...
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Grandfather Mountain Campground

11. Grandfather Mountain Campground

Home to one of the most significant peaks on the East Coast, Grandfather Mountain State Park is a Carolina must-do. At this staple of the Blue...

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Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

12. Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

Picture yourself sitting outside listening to the soothing sound of the lake lapping against the shore, watching the sun slowly setting over the...

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Morrow Mountain Campground

13. Morrow Mountain Campground

If you want to beef up your beginner backpacking skills check out the primitive backcountry campground at Morrow Mountain. Being just two miles...

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Elk Knob Campground

14. Elk Knob Campground

Got backcountry? Elk Knob State Park certainly does! So if you feel like gettin’ a little rugged take to the newly constructed summit trail. You’ll...

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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

15. Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Time at the lake is always time well spent, and really the more time the better! At the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area campgrounds you can stay...

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Blue Valley Dispersed Camping

16. Blue Valley Dispersed Camping

Blue Valley Dispersed Camping offers wonderfully chromatic shades of aqua blue. Located close to two melodious, awe-inspiring waterfalls (Glens...

Alyssa: Go early to get a spacious site. If you don't care about space, you will probably always find a site in the off season. It does...
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West Asheville Walkabout
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17. West Asheville Walkabout

Pitch you tent on our lot in West Asheville. . . walk up to Haywood road (restaurants, bars, shops, etc. . . ) or down to the River Arts District...

Mikaela: This is a great spot if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to spending the night in the West Asheville area! Within...
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Goose Creek Campground

18. Goose Creek Campground

Pop a bottle of Grey Goose at Goose Creek State Park Campground, where oaks adorned with Spanish moss and beachside hangouts will make you feel...

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Jones Lake Campground

19. Jones Lake Campground

Check out the unique geology of the Carolina bays and camp among the tranquil forests of Jones Lake State Park. The Jones Lake Campground offers...

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Cliffs of the Neuse Campground

20. Cliffs of the Neuse Campground

With plenty of hiking trails and a beautiful swimming lake, we have a feeling your friends will give you mad props if you book a place to stay at...

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Lake Norman Campground

21. Lake Norman Campground

Got a likin’ for lakes? Visit Lake Norman State Park, home to it’s namesake which so happens to be the largest manmade lake in the state topping...

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South Mountains Campground

22. South Mountains Campground

A variety of camping options are available at South Mountains State Park from backpacking to family camping and even equestrian camping. Depending...

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Lake Waccamaw Campground

23. Lake Waccamaw Campground

If you don't think you'll be able to scrape up the funds for space exploration in this lifetime, Lake Waccamaw State Park can act as a close...

Matthew: BUGS. Stayed on a June 2015 motorcycle camping trip. If camping down by the water during the summer, bring clothes that cover...
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Yates Place Camp

24. Yates Place Camp

Once the site of someone's home, Yates Place Camp is now dotted with inviting campsites and scenic trail hiking. Feel in your element with options...

Dana: I camped at Yates as part of the Uwharrie Thru-hike, a yearly event hosted by the Central Carolina Land Trust. It is beautiful,...
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Lumber River Campground

25. Lumber River Campground

Lumber River is one of America’s few remaining wild and scenic rivers which makes it a must-see destination. Why not spend a few days here and camp...

Kelley: I randomly stopped at Lumber River for a mid road trip hike with my dogs and quickly realized I had stumbled upon a truly...
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Pilot Mountain Campground

26. Pilot Mountain Campground

100% Recommend (3 Campers)

After a day of climbing Pilot Mountain, a perfect place for hikers and rock climbers, do the right thing and mosey back to your campsite...

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Wash Creek Horse Camp

27. Wash Creek Horse Camp

Come one, come all—but, please, make a reservation in advance. Wash Creek Horse Campground is home to alluring open spaces and accessible...

Fires Creek Hunters Camp

28. Fires Creek Hunters Camp

Much like its sister campground, Fires Creek Hunters Camp has little in the way of frills; all available campsites are primitive, without pump...

Badin Lake Group Camp

29. Badin Lake Group Camp

Developed with the help of local clubs and other large organizations, Baldin Group Campground's explicit aim is to cater to outdoorsy collectives....

Briar Bottom Group Campground

30. Briar Bottom Group Campground

Drake said it best: “started from the bottom, now we’re here. ” And who knew that “here” would be in the foothills of one of the United State’s...