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River, stream, or creek camping in North Carolina

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Smoky Mountain Meadows
29 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents57 acres · Bryson City, North CarolinaWhen you enter Smoky Mountain Meadows Campground, you can leave all the “rush-rush” of your daily...
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The headwaters of the Nantahala River can be heard from every site!
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Winding Stair Campground
8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents15 acres · Franklin, North CarolinaWinding Stair Campground sits at an elevation of 3,880 feet, next to the headwaters of the...
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Wellspring Mountain
11 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents500 acres · North CarolinaWelcome to our Hipcamp; we are excited that you are here! Are you drawn to the outdoors and...
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Smoky Mountain Mangalitsa Farm
12 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents95 acres · North CarolinaWe are a Mangalitsa farm in The Smoky Mountains of western NC. The entire property is oriented...
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Gold River / camp + cabins
7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Marion, North CarolinaA former Gold & Gem Panning operation on the Second Broad River, this little slice of paradise...
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Camping with a Full Kitchen
11 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents37 acres · Albemarle, North CarolinaI've lived here all my life (since 1972)!Very cool, beautiful, laid-back property with lots of...
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Camp Karuga
5 sites · Lodging, Tents24 acres · West Jefferson, North CarolinaNestled under a pine forest, Camp KaRuGa is a campground with cabins and campsites near the Blue...
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Linville Adventure Pasture (LAP)
6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · Nebo, North CarolinaFamily Owned location with great views . Located adjacent to the Linville River and across the...
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The Farm at Piper Hill
4 sites · Lodging100 acres · North CarolinaWhat happens when you take an absolutely beautiful farm property, and add very friendly animals,...
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SólGaia... An Oasis of Love & Peace
13 sites · Lodging, Tents40 acres · Green Mountain, North CarolinaIn the chaos of this world.... an oasis of Peace exists. SólGaia is Calling. Come... Pause......
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The front door of the treehouse. The interior is 12x12 with a loft bed, queen, and a deck facing the creek. The deck has an awning to protect you from rain.
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Self Sufficient Holler
3 sites · Lodging, Tents10 acres · Moravian Falls, North CarolinaIn the 40's and 50's this spot was a local swimming hole and vacation area. Even buses came from...
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Creag Creek Farm
4 sites · Lodging, Tents25 acres · North CarolinaA high elevation working farm with a cabin (sleeps up to 8), barn with hayloft and tent sites for...
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Outdoor stays for every style

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Crank up the fiddle-and-banjo tunes while driving through the High Country, where campsites and high-altitude views along the Blue Ridge Parkway are marked by mists and mountains. The parkway rolls up to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, not far from the gorgeous homelands of the Cherokee tribe. Just east in Asheville, the Ale Trail rivals the Biltmore as the top draw, though live music and a fantastic culinary scene are close behind. Drive east to the windswept barrier islands of the Outer Banks for coastal camping, wildlife watching, and outdoor adventures that tear across sea and sky. Charlotte, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh anchor the booming Central Piedmont.

Where to Go

High Country & the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway passes overlooks, waterfalls, and campgrounds in the rugged High Country of western North Carolina as it swoops south from Virginia. Mount Mitchell State Park, Linville Gorge, and Grandfather Mountain are Instagram-pretty while hiking and mountain biking trails beg to be explored.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Cherokee

Stories about Cherokee leaders and 19th-century mountain families add historic context to the mountain-and-forest views in the deep-green Smokies. Feeling social? Hit the welcoming Nantahala Outdoor Center for all-sorts of wild adventures, from rafting to ziplining. The Appalachian Trail runs along the North Carolina and Tennessee border in the national park then veers south through Nantahala National Forest.

Asheville & the Foothills

An easy detour from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville is a mountain town that’s going places. The craft beer situation is out of control—more than 30 breweries!—while innovative chefs keep the foodie scene abuzz. Chimney Rock State Park, Lake Lure, and gorgeous waterfalls are outdoor highlights in the foothills. Mountain bikers, get your fix in Pisgah National Forest

North Carolina Coast

Wind, water, and sunny skies set a mood for fun along the North Carolina Coast. For the best all-around beach scene head to the Outer Banks, a 100-mile stretch of rugged barrier islands marked by dunes, fishing piers, and wild horses. Try hang-gliding at Jockey’s Ridge, windsurfing off Hatteras Island, and parasailing and paddling in Corolla and Duck. For close-to-the-beach tent camping, drive south to Cape Hatteras National Seashore or ferry over to Ocracoke Island.

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