Camping Dreams

Camping Experiences

Planning a camping trip? I’ll tell you where this travel writer finds all the best information, the North Carolina Camping Facebook page. It’s how I know that the Stonebridge RV Resort in Maggie Valley is getting a new splash pad for kids this year. It’s also how I know the sunset from the 100-foot pier at New Bern KOA is breathtaking. It’s the site I consult to learn where the best campgrounds are for fishing or which camping site number has the best view on Jordan Lake. More than 57,000 camping fans on the private group share their insight on everything from where to go, to what to pack, and which gear makes for the best camp setups.

I’ve got a whole new list of campgrounds to check out!

By far, the views I’ve seen from campsites along Kerr Lake are the most beautiful. They’d make even non-campers consider sleeping in a tent! There are a lot of campgrounds around the Kerr Lake State Recreation Area, including County Line Campground, Kimball Point, JC Cooper (a little more primitive), and Hibernia.

There are several options for on the beach camping along the outer banks. Oregon Inlet Campground is the northernmost campground on Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Close to Nags Head, the campground offers wide-open views over the dunes along with world-class fishing on the Pamlico Sound.

Byrd’s Branch Campground and Country Store has just 14 RV spots and 4 tent sites. It also has a 9 hole disc golf course. The Mountain to Sea Trail runs through the campground giving you access to Carter Falls and Grassy Creek Winery. Byrd’s Branch is in the foothills of Elkin, North Carolina. The Elkin Vine Line shuttle picks up at the campground if you want a tour of area wineries.

If you want to make sure the kids have something to do, or you simply want to wear them out so you can sit around the campfire unbothered, then you can’t go wrong with the Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts. Amenities abound. Some of the best are at Camp Golden Valley between Asheville and Charlotte, with an interactive pool worthy of a theme park, laser tag, water zipline, and more! And by more, I mean the list of things to do is crazy long!

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