Can’t decide between the beach or the mountains for your next RV vacation? North Carolina could be the perfect answer. From the Smoky Mountains in the west to the Outer Banks in the east, this southern state has it all. Whether you’re into relaxing stays by the water or stunning vistas atop mountains, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite RV parks in the Tar Heel State.
No matter where you search, this Outer Banks destination appears on plenty of “best of” lists when it comes to RVing in North Carolina. For one, its location can’t be beaten. Those who frequent this chain of barrier islands off the northern coast of the state love its seclusion, natural beauty, and beach town charm. This particular park in “OBX” spans 50 acres and stretches from shore to shore across Hatteras Island, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound.
It’s less than 25 miles to one of the islands’ main attractions, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. But you don’t have to leave the campground to find plenty of things to do. at Camp Hatteras, you’ll find a pool, a jacuzzi, tennis courts, basketball courts, shuffleboard corn hole, and its very own mini-golf course. You can also hit the water with water sports rentals at the on-site marina or rent a bike to explore the area. The campground even provides non-denominational worship services. One thing is for sure: you will never be bored staying here. Don’t forget to pick up an OBX t-shirt or bumper sticker during your stay – they’re favorites among the people who visit here!
For those who prefer the peace and quiet of the mountains, head to Campfire Lodgings in Asheville, North Carolina. What makes this spot unique is its stunning location atop a mountain ridge. With one of the premium sites, you’ll have unobstructed views of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. There’s no community center here with endless activities, but you’ll find you don’t need it. The mountain vistas are enough to keep you enthralled for hours. You’ll likely stumble across wildflowers and some wild berries as you stroll through this beautiful wooded area. If you want to explore, you’re only 6 miles from downtown Asheville, where you’ll find a thriving art scene and unique restaurants. Time your trip with the peak of fall color and you’ll have a truly unforgettable experience.
Drive about an hour southwest of Asheville near the border of North and South Carolina, and you’ll find one of the most luxurious RV resorts you’ve ever seen. Mountain Falls Luxury Motorcoach Resort made our list of the 7 Best RV Parks for Your Next RVing Vacation, so of course you’ll find it on our North Carolina list as well. This posh stay is also nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, near the shores of man-made Lake Toxaway. You’ll find a 9-hole golf course on site along with a concierge, a social committee and a catering kitchen. Go for a swim at the community pool, make use of the fitness facilities, or play a game of tennis or pickleball. A stay at Mountain Falls will have you feeling like the Vanderbilts once did at the nearby Biltmore Estate.
Tucked away in the westernmost portion of the state is another luxury RV destination, Valley River RV Resort. This spot in the Smoky Mountains is closer to Chattanooga, Tennessee than it is Asheville, but it still has all the Carolina mountain charm you could hope for. There’s a private lake and a bubbling creek that runs through this landscaped campground, as well as a cabin-style luxury clubhouse where you can meet friends and relax. Enjoy the game room, pool, fire pits, and of course full hookups during your stay. If casinos are your idea of a good time, Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel is just down the street.
To explore an underrated city with an amazing local campground, head to historic New Bern in coastal North Carolina. This KOA location was named the 2019 KOA Campground of the Year and for good reason. It is situated on the quiet banks of the Neuse River, but the park is buzzing with activities. Complete with its own dock and boat slips, you can rent paddle boats and kayaks on-site if you’re itching to get out on the water.
It’s perfect for the whole family – take the kids for a spin on the jump pad, mine for gems at the campground’s “Neuse River Mining Company” set up, take a barrel train ride around the park, or rent pedal bikes for quick transportation around the campground during your stay. There are also plenty of spots to fish and a game of giant chess and checkerboard in the park. While you’re here, be sure to make time to explore New Bern, the first capital of North Carolina. Stop by the “Birthplace of Pepsi,” the original pharmacy where the famous soda was born, or the beautiful Tryon Palace Historic Site and Gardens, the original state capitol.
Top North Carolina RV Parks
From true RV luxury to adventurous new places to explore, we have you covered when it comes to the best RV parks in North Carolina. Pick the site that speaks to you most, or make a road trip out of it and visit them all! You won’t be disappointed.
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