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Camping is available at many state parks, typically for RVs as well as tents. Singletary Lake State Park in Kelly is specifically designed for cabin camping by recognizable non-profit groups. South Mountains State Park in Connelly has 15 equestrian campsites and a 37-stall horse barn.

Unless otherwise noted, campgrounds are open year-round and fees per day are $20 ($14 for age 62+) for family sites with water and electricity and $15 ($10 for age 62+) for family sites without utilities, or $9 at less-developed campgrounds (i.e., no hot showers). For group camping, fees are typically $1 per person, with a $9 minimum, or $40 per site (or more where noted) at some fully developed campgrounds (with hot showers). Some group campgrounds are for organized or affiliated groups (i.e., scouts, clubs, nonprofit organizations). Group camping requires reservations, but individual family sites are first-come, first served.

An Internet- and call center-based reservations system for state parks' campgrounds, picnic shelters, community centers, conference rooms and auditoriums went online for the 2009 season, scheduling reservations for July 15 and afterward. The phone number is 877-7-CAMP-NC or 877-722-6762. Some campsites will be available for walk-in reservations.

Unless specified below, drinking water and electricity are nearby when listed but are not at individual campsites. Toilets and showers are also nearby when listed; "accessible" means a longer walk.

Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach (Map). 83 family sites in a wooded area, including two wheelchair-accessible: flush toilets, drinking water, hot showers, dump station, picnic tables, grills. Two group sites accessible by trail, one for up to 20 people, one for up to 35: pit toilets, fire circles, picnic tables. (910) 458-8206.

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, Seven Springs (Map). 35 wooded family sites March 15-Nov. 30: restrooms, drinking water, hot showers, dump station, picnic tables, grills. Four primitive group camping sites for up to 25 people each: pit toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, fire pits, grills. (919) 778-6234.

Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain (Map). 10 backcountry sites accessible via 1-mile trail: drinking water, pit toilets, grills. Six group sites accessible via 1-mile trail for up to 15 people each: drinking water, pit toilets, fire circles. (704) 853-5375.

Eno River State Park, Durham (Map, Brochure). Five primitive sites approximately 1 mile from Few's Ford access area parking, five primitive sites 1.2 miles from the Cole Mill Access in the Bobbitt's Hole area: pit toilet, tent pad, fire ring, lantern hook, bench. One group site for up to 26: pit toilet, two fire rings, fire pit, benches. (919) 383-1686.

Falls Lake State Recreation Area, Wake Forest. Four campgrounds. (919) 676-1027.
- Holly Point (Map). 153 family sites, 89 with water and electricity: restrooms, hot showers, dump stations, picnic tables, grills; sites may be reserved two weeks in advance for stay of more than one week up to two weeks.
- Rolling View (Area Map, Campground Map). 80 RV sites with water and electricity, 35 tent/RV sites without: restrooms, hot showers, picnic tables, grills, tent pads, dump stations; sites may be reserved two weeks in advance for stay of more than one week up to two weeks. Four group sites for up to 25 people each: drinking water, fire ring, grills, picnic tables, benches. $40.
- Shinleaf (Map). 89 hike-in sites (closed in winter): mulch toilets; showers at single wash house.
- B.W. Wells (Map). 14 group sites, up to 35 people each: drinking water, showers, grills, picnic tables, fire rings, benches. $40.

Goose Creek State Park, Washington (Map). 12 primitive tent sites: toilets and drinking water nearby, tables, grills. One walk-in group site for up to 30 people (parking is close). Tables, grills lantern hooks; toilets and water nearby. Group site March 15 to November 15, requires reservations.(252) 923-2191. Click on the photo for more information.

Gorges State Park, Sapphire (Map). Six primitive sites accessible via 2.7-mile trail: picnic tables, fire rings, accessible pit toilet. Additional backpack sites along Foothills Trail several miles into park. (828) 966-9099.

Grandfather Mountain State Park, Linville (Map). 13 backpack camping sites, including the Hi-Balsam Shelter. (828) 297-7261.

Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro (Map). 14 backpack and canoe-in primitive sites, and three group sites for affiliated groups of up 12 people each on Bear Island. A ferry runs to the island. Restrooms, drinking water on island not available mid-November to Mid-March. No fires allowed. (910) 326-4881.

Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury (Map). 73 family sites, one wheelchair-accessible: restrooms, drinking water, hot showers, laundry sinks, picnic tables, grills. Eight group sites: pit toilets and drinking water nearby, picnic tables, fire circle. Beginning late in the summer of 2006, 10 rustic two-bedroom cabins that accommodate six people each (two are handicapped-accessible). Cabins are normally rented by the week in summer; two-night minimum in spring and fall. Reservations required; call for cabin fees. (336) 593-8480.

Jones Lake State Park, Elizabethtown (Map). 20 family sites March 15-Nov. 30, one with electricity and water: restrooms, drinking water, showers, picnic tables, grills. One group site for up to 20 people year-round: water, pit toilet, picnic tables, grill, fire circle, benches. (910) 588-4550.

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, Apex (Map). Five campgrounds with more than 1,000 campsites. Most have a picnic table and grill. Restrooms, hot showers, dump stations and boat ramps are nearby. Many RV sites have water and electric hookups. Family campground sites may be reserved two weeks in advance for stay of more than one week up to two weeks. (919) 362-0586.
- Crosswinds (Map). 182 sites; 134 with water and electricity. Reservations required.
- New Hope Overlook (Map). 24 hike-in or canoe-in primitive tent sites ranging from 100 yards to a mile from parking, with picnic tables and grills, nearby drinking water, mulch toilet and boat ramp.
- Parkers Creek (Map). 250 sites, 120 with water and electricity; six group camping sites for up to 30 people each.
- Poplar Point (Map). 579 sites, 363 with electricity. Reservations required as of July 15, 2009.
- Vista Point (Map). 50 group camping sites for RVs with water and electricity (no water in winter). Five group tent campsites.

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area, Henderson (Map). Seven campgrounds for RVs and tents. Most campsites have a picnic table and fire pit/ring or grill. Hot showers, restrooms, drinking water, dump stations and boat ramps and playgrounds are nearby. Some sites with water hookups may require as much as 100 feet of hose. Family sites may be reserved two weeks in advance for stay of more than one week up to two weeks. Group camping areas accommodate up to 75 people and are $90 per night. Drinking water and restrooms are nearby. (252) 438-7791.
- Bullocksville (Map). 69 sites Easter through Labor Day, 30 with water and electricity, and nearby softball field.
- County Line (Map). 84 sites week before Easter through Labor Day, 41 with electricity.
- Henderson Point (Map). 79 sites Easter through Labor Day, 45 with electricity; group camping Easter through Labor Day.
- Hibernia (Map). 150 sites Easter through October, 50 with electricity; group camping sites the week before Easter through October.
- Kimball Point (Map). 91 sites Easter through October, 23 with electricity for RVs.
- Nutbush Bridge (Map). 103 sites open year-round, 60 with hookups for RVs.
- Satterwhite Point (Area Map, Campground Map). 119 sites open year-round, 60 with electricity for RVs; undesignated group camping the week before Easter through October.

Lake James State Park, Nebo (Map). 20 backpack sites (150-300 yards from parking) available March 15-Nov. 30, two reserved for the disabled: water, restrooms, hot showers accessible; fire pits, picnic tables. (828) 652-5047.

Lake Norman State Park, Troutman (Map). 33 sites: picnic tables, grills. Walk-in group sites for organized groups up to 25 people: restrooms and drinking water nearby; picnic tables, fire ring. (704) 528-6350.

Lake Waccamaw State Park, Waccamaw (Map). Four primitive backpacking sites available to individuals or groups: pit toilets, picnic tables, fire circles. (910) 646-4748.

Lumber River State Park, Orrum (Map). Nine primitive sites, one handicapped-accessible: tables, fire pits, grills. Permits required. One group site for up to 15 people: tables, fire pit, grills. (910) 628-9844.

Medoc Mountain State Park, Hollister (Map). 34 sites, 12 with electricity, two handicapped-accessible: flush toilets, hot showers, tables, grills. Two group sites March 16 through November 30 for up to 30 people each: flush toilets, showers, picnic tables, fire circles. (252) 586-6588.

Merchants Millpond State Park, Gatesville (Map). 20 sites: restrooms, drinking water, showers, picnic tables, grills (restrooms, showers, drinking water closed December 1-March 15). Five backpack sites accessible via trail with pit toilet nearby. Two canoe camps: 10 sites with pit toilets, three group sites with pit toilets. Canoe campers may rent canoes for $20 per 24-hour period. One walk-in group site with drinking water nearby, pay shower. (252) 357-1191.

Morrow Mountain State Park, Albemarle (Map). Campsite at Morrow Mountain - Click for More Info 106 sites, six handicapped-accessible: flush toilets, drinking water, showers (one handicapped-accessible bathhouse), dump station, picnic tables, grills. Primitive camping via 2-mile trail: pit toilet; no fires allowed, permit required. Six group tent sites, one wheelchair-accessible: toilets, drinking water, wheelchair-accessible bathhouse, picnic tables, fire circles, grills. Six fully equipped two-bedroom cabins accommodate six people each and have kitchens and fireplaces; one is wheelchair-accessible. Rented by the week in summer; two-night minimum in spring and fall. Reservations required. (704) 982-4402. Click the photo for more information.

Mount Mitchell Camping - Click for More Info Mount Mitchell State Park, Burnsville (Map). Nine tent-only sites: flush toilets during warm seasons, pit toilets, picnic tables, grills. No running water in winter. Trail access to camping in Pisgah National Forest's Black Mountain backcountry. You have can leave your vehicle at the park but must register it with the ranger's station. They want to know that you're heading into the forest anyway. (828) 675-4611. Click the photo for more information.

New River State Park, Jefferson (Map). Three access areas offer canoe-in camping. Here's a map of the New River Paddle Trail.
- Wagoner Road. Nine walk-in or canoe-in sites: flush toilets, hot showers, tables, grills.
- U.S. 221. 15 walk-in or canoe-in sites: tables, grills; flush toilets, hot showers accessible.
- Alleghany County. Eight canoe-in sites: pit toilets, water pump. (828) 675-4611.

Pettigrew State Park, Creswell (Map). 13 sites: restrooms, showers, drinking water, picnic tables, grills. One walk-in group site: pit toilets, grills; water nearby. (252) 797-4475.

Pilot Mountain State Park, Pinnacle (Map). 49 sites March 15-November 30: flush toilets, hot showers, drinking water, picnic tables, grills. One youth-group tent camp: pit toilets, drinking water, tables, fire circles. Two primitive island canoe-in sites on Yadkin River open year-round. (336) 325-2355.

Raven Rock State Park, Lillington (Map). Five sites accessible via 2.5-mile hike: vault toilet, fire rings. Five group sites for up to 20 people each accessible via 2.2-mile hike: vault toilets, fire rings. Six canoe sites accessible via 1.7-mile hike or Cape Fear River: vault toilet, fire rings; reservations recommended. (910) 893-4888.

Singletary Lake State Park, Kelly (Map). Two group campgrounds for verifiable non-profit groups of at least 20 people up to 92 at Camp Ipecac (April 1-October 31), and 48 at Camp Loblolly Bay (year-round) are totally wheelchair-accessible and include mess hall, camper cabins, restrooms, group-size grill, picnic tables, fire circles, horseshoe pit, volleyball net, basketball goal. $95 per night; $390 per week. (910) 669-2928.

South Mountains State Park, Connelly (Map). 11 primitive sites, one wheelchair-accessible: pit toilets nearby, picnic tables, fire circle. 15 equestrian campsites: 37-stall barn, flush toilets, hot showers, fire rings, grills. (Park has 29 miles of bridle trails.) Only campers with horses may use equestrian sites; reservations are strongly recommended (form at previous link). $15 per site, per night. $7 per night for a 5'x10' stall; $10 per night for a 10'x10' stall. 20 backpack sites with pit toilet nearby in six areas: Upper Falls Trail (1.5-mile hike), Shinny Creek (1.5-mile hike; group camping available, too), Sawtooth Trail (2.5 -mile hike), Jacob Branch (3.5-mile hike), Fox Trail (5-mile hike), Murray Branch (6-mile hike). (828) 433-4772.

Stone Mountain State Park, Roaring Gap (Map). 90 sites: flush toilets, drinking water, hot showers, laundry tubs, dump station, tables, grills; some have electric and water hookups; dump station. Four groups sites for up to 25 people each: pit toilets, water, tables, fireplace, grill. Six primitive backpacking sites ranging from 1.5 to 3 miles from trailhead. (336) 957-8185.

William B. Umstead State Park, Raleigh (Map). 28 sites available Thursday-Monday, March 15-Dec. 15: flush toilets, showers, drinking water, picnic tables, grills. Youth group primitive tent sites for up to 25 in recognized group: pit toilet, running water. Youth group cabin camping available April through October at three sites for minimum of 10 and up to 27 or 120 people: camper and staff cabins, mess hall, dining area, wash houses; reservations required, fees vary. Maple Hill Lodge available April through October for groups up to 25: toilets, drinking water, fireplace. (919) 571-4170.


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