Camping in the Appalachian Mountains
The western region is among the most popular camping sites in North Carolina although a number of other campgrounds are scattered all throughout the state. In fact, over 150 major destinations await campers, where they can experience their exciting outdoor activities. Prospective adventurers in North Carolina can either climb up, hike to the mountains, or trail on the Coastal and Piedmont areas. Take the challenge and hike up to the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountain chain, Mount Mitchell in Yancey Mountain. Towering at 6,684 feet high, Mount Mitchell is also the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States. Just like the Appalachian Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains are also located in the western region of North Carolina. In this mountain is where the country’s top scenic attractions are located like the 250-mile Blue Ridge Parkway.
Some of the most recommended county destinations in the Northern Mountains region are Mitchell, Haywood, and McDowell counties. Contributing among Mitchell’s magnificent sceneries is the Roan Mountain, the largest naturally-occurring rhododendron gardens in the world. Its southern sections serve as one of the stopovers of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is also bounded by Mount Mitchell in Yancey County and the Grandfather Mountain in Avery County. Aside from its natural sceneries, Mitchell County is also home to the North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival, which is one of the oldest festivals of its kind.
Haywood County is famous where America’s oldest operating paper mill is located. A rollercoaster on the side of a mile-high mountain is also one of its vantage points aside from Mt. Guyot, the highest point in the county at an elevation of 6,621 feet. Fifty miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway also run in the county. Famous campground in the county includes Moonshine Creek Campground, Creekwood Farm and Pride RV Resort. McDowell County is home to America’s most scenic gorges, waterfalls and strange and wonderfully-formed caverns in a mountain. Some of the majestic treasure of nature are the Pisgah National Forest, Lake Tahoma, and Lake James. Campers will definitely fall in love with the place as McDowell gives them enough room for hiking and fishing, as well as other activities like sailing and boating.
The heartland, the Piedmont area, is still a good ground for campers. The area is composed of gently rolling foothills and the temperatures are mild year-round. Some of the most recommended campgrounds are Midway Campground in Statesville, RVacation Campground in Selma, Hiddenite Family Campground, Sleepy Bears RV Park in Lumberton and Deep River Campground in Asheboro, among others. This coastal area is also a terrific place with such venues like Shallotte/Brunswick Beaches, Camp Hatteras, Cape Woods Campground, Frisco Woods Campground, Colington Campground and a lot more, campers will surely fall in lobe with the sheltered sounds and sights of bays, rivers, and creeks of the Atlantic ocean.