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Tar River Life

16 sites · Tents40 acres · Lake Royale, NC
​Back to the basics, come and experience Tar River Life’s primitive camping on the Tar River. Enjoy being on the river and listening to slow running sound of the Tar River. Bring your own tent or rent one of ours. You can drive your vehicle to all of our campsites. The drive to camp is about 1/2 miles. Each site includes a fire pit, wood and trash bin. Cook your own meals or try and catch your own fish from the river. Campsites can be secluded or grouped. Each site comes with a picnic table, 1 bundle of wood and trash can. Stay for a night or longer period of time, come and enjoy the outdoors with us. We have lots of walking trails, fishing access, wildlife, kayaking and tubing (must be purchased through us). 2WD vehicles are ok except during wet conditions. There is also the Vollmer Farm, with seasonal produce a Full Coffee Shop with breakfast goodies and baked goods and not to mention their fabulous ice cream. They have goods from around NC including, eggs, honey, meats, beers, wine and more. There is a grocery store (Food Lion) about 15 minutes away. So you can stock up on supplies on your way to your next adventure. We are pet friendly!
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R.O.S.A. Land Campground

6 sites · Lodging, Tents23 acres · Rougemont, NC
R.O.S.A. Land stands for Rare Occaneechi Saponi Alluvial Land-based retreat and campground offering individuals and small groups a place for rest, exploration, sanctuary, and grounding. Equal parts woodland, floodplain wetland and pastureland, R.O.S.A land is stewarding 23 acres of ecological magical oasis on a tributary of the Upper Tar River in an Aquatic Habitat deemed an important NC Natural Heritage area of the Piedmont of North Carolina. Rare mussel species and amphibians live here. Come see for yourself! This is a queer-stewarded, solidarity-focused rematriation project. This land is co-deeded to MK of Handewa Farms and owned at present by K Cox, Steward of the Respite and will be passed on to MK and her seven Afro-Indigenous children once the Roundhouse is paid down. In the meantime, an intentional community of farmhub tenants, visitors, campers and Handewa Farm members all co-habitate on the land together. We offer nature-based immersion for artists, healers, cultural and frontline organizers and their families taking time for restful resistance. It is a triptyech of woods, water and pastureland butting up against an untouched wild old hardwood forest - a combination unlikley found in the PIedmont- nestled among small tobacco, horse and hay farms in the Southeast corner of Granville County between Oxford and Roxboro in the beautiful PIedmont of North Carolina.
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Honah Lee Farms

5 sites · RVs, Tents144 acres · Rougemont, NC
Our camp is the shared vision of Brian and Lee and son Michael. We fell in love with this beautiful property where we plan to build our eco-friendly, off-grid homestead and farm. Lee's favorite song and the inspiration behind our name is "Puff the Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul and Mary. A land of whimsical imagination, beauty and maybe a dragon or three is our shared vision for the farm. The camping options are flexible, ranging from prepared campsites along both Little and Deep creeks with composting outhouses nearby, to "Camper's Choice" options where you may hike in or drive in and create your own camping experience. Please note that since the "Camper's Choice" options allow freedom to select hike-in or drive-in options, the exact distance to nearest outhouse may vary. There are 144 acres to explore so campers can set up a secluded getaway or cluster together in a group. We are flexible and can work with you to create a camping experience that suits your needs. Learn more about this land: Honah Lee Farms has over 140 acres of woods with open fields distributed throughout. We are bordered to the south by the Flat River, to the west by Deep Creek, and to the north by Little Creek. Most of our campsites are nestled in the trees along one of these bodies of water and all campers have access to the 10 foot waterfall area where Deep Creek runs into the Flat River.
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Tanglewild

4 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Raleigh, NC
This beautiful spot is tucked away in a secluded private street. It feels like the country, but in the middle of Raleigh suburbs so we are close to all the amenities. There is a small stream running through the backyard and about 4 acres for exploring if you up for it. There are birds, deer, and other wildlife that also call Tanglewild home. This is a great spot if you are passing through, visiting friends for family nearby that don't have space for your RV, or just want to get away from home for a few days but don't really want to go that far away. Amenities are close: RDU (4 miles), RTP (7 miles), Crabtree Valley Mall (4 miles), Umstead (3 miles), Target (1 mile), several grocery stores (1 mile), Falls lake (10 miles), and Brier Creek (4 miles) Note, the spot is a bit tricky to back into. You might need to back down the driveway so take a look before you drive down and get yourself in a tricky spot.
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Rural Chapel Hill Forestry Stay

2 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Chapel Hill, NC
Our property is a private 25 acre forestry plot connected to an adjoining 130 acre family-owned plot, with only 1 house on the 150+ acres. Most of the land is wooded with a couple large fields. Long private driveway. 3+ miles of private maintained walking trails great for human and dog guests! There are a number of creeks that run on the property and a decent size pond with many species of birds- perfect for watching while having a morning coffee, or for an afternoon stint of fishing. Close proximity to downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill (12-15 minutes), 15 minutes to downtown Hillsborough, and 25 minutes to Durham.
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Holt’s Hideaway

2 sites · RVs5 acres · Fearrington Village, NC
Small hobby farm in a family owned neighborhood just outside of downtown Chapel Hill. Learn more about this land: Large, level gravel RV sites with 30amp and 50amp power and water hookup. No dump station yet. Big rig friendly. Only 5 minutes to Jordan Lake and 10 minutes to UNC hospital. Private and safe area, each site has a fire pit. Tent campers welcome. Firewood available. Pull right in off paved state road. One pull through and one back in site available. Pets must be on a leash at all times.
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Hickory Nut Point

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Burlington, NC
Welcome to your lakeside retreat at Lake Cammack, just east of Elon! Nestled amidst the tranquil beauty of nature, our peaceful lakeside lot offers the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway or a convenient en-route stop on your next adventure. Just a five-minute drive from the marina, where you can launch your boat for a day of fishing or water sports, creating unforgettable memories on the water. Despite being outside city limits, our location is just fifteen minutes to local food and shopping options, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds — the peace of nature with the convenience of nearby amenities. Whether you're seeking a peaceful lakeside escape or a convenient pit stop on your journey, our lakeside lot at Lake Cammack promises an unforgettable experience. Come and recharge amidst the beauty of nature.
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Scott’s Lakeview Camp and Park

7 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Linden, NC
50+ acres of woods, water and walking/Rolling trails with two small lakes and a STOL runway for experienced ultralight and short takeoff and landing aircraft pilots only! Room for RV’s but no power or sewer service. Room for mountain bikes, hiking, drone racing and flying, R/C boat racing, fishing, swimming at your own risk. Primitive camping, handicap accessible trail around lake. Access to drinking water and ice at my home
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Secret Garden Bees

1 site · RV23 acres · Linden, NC
Welcome to our Farm! Please read ALL information below and watch our video tour here: https://youtu.be/9RVml5psbZ8 Secret Garden Bees is a Veteran Owned active honey farm nestled in a quiet, rural area outside Fayetteville, North Carolina. Enjoy fresh, raw honey, farm produced jelly, fresh eggs, and enjoy our large family of ducks, chickens, farm dogs, and of course, honeybees. Our 1850 home overlooks our 23 acres that we are happy to share with you. I started keeping bees as a way to help treat my PTSD/Anxiety from my time in the Army Bomb squad and was able to grow it into a business that supports my family. I am grateful for the blessings we have been given and look forward to meeting you! We now have two parking spaces with power (110v, 20amp), water, and a dump station. If you need to use the power we ask that you pay a small service charge ($20) to help us recoup the cost of installing it and pay for the power. The water line typically has a little air in it, so we recommend running it for about 30 seconds until it runs normal before hooking up your hose. If you come in the summer/fall you can enjoy the large field of wildflowers. Great for pictures! You are welcome to take a walk through the gate and "sit a spell" by the pond in the Adirondack chairs, or enjoy a fire in the provided firepit by the parking area. We can fit three guests, but if its booked just contact us and we will try to sort you out. Our spots do not allow for pull through parking. Please note, we are an active honey farm. That means there are going to be bees flying around. If you are allergic to bees, please find another place to stay.
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Ancient Spring Farm

3 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents25 acres · Snow Camp, NC
Our farm is a beautiful, private 25 acres with an 1830s house, outbuildings, animals, orchards, gardens, pastures, old trees, wildlife habitat, a spring, and woods. Here you can relax; watch nature; meet our chickens, goats, horse, cats, and dog; learn about archaeology, history, and plants; and get homegrown seasonal food. Listen to birdsong and watch clouds during the day, wander a path through our ca. 5 acres of woods, and star watch at night. Nearby are hiking, horseback riding, historical sites, fishing, antiques, wineries, shooting, and more. We are located in a rural area and have many different domesticated and wild animals so you may hear diverse animal noises and see or smell animal poop, although we try to keep things clean and tidy around the farm. Our neighbors have dogs, cattle, and chickens and occasionally shoot guns during daylight hours (one neighbor is a sporting club with skeet shooting and hunting dogs) but typically our farm is a quiet and peaceful place.
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Farm Retreat in Red Oak

1 site · Tent35 acres · Red Oak, NC
Welcome to our 35-acre sustainable farm located in the heart of Red Oak a small town in Nash County North Carolina. We are conveniently located just about 5 miles from the I-64 and I-95 interchange in Rocky Mount. We are also just under one hour from Raleigh and about 30 minutes from Medoc Mountain State Park. We have horses, sheep, chickens, rabbits, cats, and dogs here as well as a small orchard and some gardens. There are 20 wooded acres with a trail through them and a pond to fish in right beside the campsite. Dogs are welcome but they must be kept on leash unless we give permission to use one of our empty pastures for exercise. Bring your cowboy boots and sign up for an introductory horseback riding lesson! Our site has a gravel pad, picnic table, and fire ring down by the pond which is a short walk from the parking area. You are also welcome to set up by the parking area if you wish to be near your vehicle. Port-a-potty, non-potable hose water, and electrical receptacles are available on-site as well. Please understand that this is a working farm with free-range chickens, pets, and livestock that sometimes make noise. We are also located off a well-traveled country road so you may hear car/road noise.
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Cane Creek Camping Platform #2

2 sites · Tents60 acres · Saxapahaw, NC
Learn more about this land:Camping on a working farm and will be surrounded and in earshot of pastures with pigs, cows, donkeys, sheep, chickens etc.Camping platform in the corner of a shared camping meadow. Great for any season and includes tree cover for some added shade.
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The best camping near William B Umstead State Park guide

Overview

About

It almost seems like the location of William B. Umstead State Park was preserved for the collective sanity of North Carolina’s urban residents. Located between the growing cities of Raleigh, Cary and Durham, this state park remains a quiet place to get away from “it all.”

Here, the loudest sound you’re likely to hear is the chirping of birds, which is undoubtedly much more pleasant than the sound of that guy behind you in traffic laying on his horn for the fiftieth time even though the light is clearly still red. Meanwhile, wildflowers sway in the breeze, lining the paths of all the hiking and biking trails that cut through the forest. Thank your state for protecting this place, because it’s probably saved more than a few people from snapping over the years.

When to go

The ideal times to visit William B Umstead State Park are during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural scenery is at its peak. Summer months can be hot and crowded, while winter brings cooler temperatures that may affect some activities.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's website for any trail closures or safety alerts before your visit.
  • Wear appropriate footwear for hiking and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Be aware of local wildlife and follow guidelines to ensure a safe encounter.
  • Accessibility varies across different areas of the park; inquire ahead if you require special accommodations.
  • Facilities such as restrooms and picnic areas are available, but always leave the park cleaner than you found it.

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