North Carolina's State Parks have a lot to offer when it comes to tent camping. Many of the parks offer a variety of sites and amenities that are sure to please most campers. Prices are modest too and tend to start at $13 a night. There are several parks that I enjoy visiting. Here's a quick look at a few of my favorites:
Raven Rock State Park
Raven Rock State Park is located in Lillington. It features boat-in and hike-in tent sites. I'd recommend the boat-in sites because they are positioned along the Cape Fear Canoe Trail. The boat-in sites are rustic and come with a fire ring. Those that prefer more amenities should stick to the other sites. They come with a tent pad and a fire ring.
Merchants Millpond State Park
Merchants Millpond State Park is located in Gatesville. What I like about this park is that it offers boat-in, hike-in and drive-in sites. I'd suggest the hike-in sites located off of Lassiter Trail because they feel so remote. Just be sure to pack your bug spray because the sites are close to the swamp.
New River State Park
New River State Park is located in Laurel Springs. It features boat-in, hike-in and drive-in tent sites that are equipped with grills and picnic tables. Some sites also have tent pads, water, electric and sewer hook-ups. A bathhouse with hot running water and laundry tubs is onsite too. A handful of hiking trails are also available and I'd recommend the Riverview for its sweeping views. Rates start at $19 a night.
Hammocks Beach State Park
Hammocks Beach State Park is located in Swansboro. What makes it a stand out for tent camping is that the boat-in sites are located near the beach. In my opinion, that makes them great for anglers. Personally, I like fishing at the park. However, there is one thing that I don't like about this facility. Its outdoor showers do not have hot water. That can make for a real eye-opening morning if you aren't prepared for the icy blast.
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Cliffs of Neuse State Park is located in Seven Springs. I love the views that this park provides. The multi-color cliffs are simply stunning and the hiking trails only add to the experience. The tent sites come equipped with a grill and a picnic table. Most of the sites are shaded and level with community water located nearby. There is also a bathhouse available where you can grab a hot shower.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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