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The city of Burlington is located in Alamance County halfway between the larger cities of Greensboro to the west and Durham to the east. Just a little further east you will also find Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina and home to many universities and colleges.
Burlington came into existence as a maintenance depot for the North Carolina Railroad in the 1850s. At that time it was called Company Shops, reflecting the fact it was the railroad workshops location, but changed to Burlington, NC when the railroad offices closed down.
The city is in an area known as the Piedmont region of North Carolina, a plateau with generally flat land and a few rolling hills. Book an RV in Alamance County and explore this region with ease.
Drive your RV rental just a few miles south of the city to Uwharrie National Forest which covers around 51,000 acres. There are several trails marked through the forest, perfect for hiking. On the Uwharrie National Recreation Trail, a unique set of QR code information boards has been erected. Visitors can scan the QR code with their smartphones and download information specific to that location.
Falls Lake State Recreation Area was created in 1981 with the completion of the Neuse River Dam. The lake covers some 12,000 acres and offers a wide range of activities both on and off the water. There is a network of mountain biking trails, and the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail passes through parts of the area. There are camping opportunities available with over 300 sites, some of which allow large RVs with full hookups, so you will find plenty of space for your luxury RV rental from Burlington.
Close to Durham is the Duke Forest, owned and managed by Duke University and just a short drive in your RV rental from Burlington. Within the forest are several trails that can be accessed on foot, horse or mountain bike. Fishing is allowed in the creek, and there is a lemur center that you may visit on an organized tour.
On the edge of Burlington, is Lake Mackintosh Park and Marina. It is the main reservoir for Burlington and now provides a range of outdoor activities. You can rent kayaks and boats, fish from the river bank or piers and launch boats to enjoy the lake from a different perspective.
Looking for a nearby campground to park your motorhome rental in Burlington, then Jones Station RV Park could be a great choice. This campground accepts large RVs on pull-thru sites, provides full hookups, free WiFi and shower rooms. The children will enjoy the playground, and there are picnic areas with fire pits for outside cooking.
Cane Creek Campground and RV Park can cater for the largest trailers and motorhomes on the market on all of their twenty full hookup sites. There is a fishing pond on site for keen anglers, free WiFi, picnic areas and fire rings. An interesting feature is the Bluegrass Museum and every second Saturday the hold an open bluegrass jam session.
There are two Walmart Supercenters in Burlington which may allow you to park overnight, but it is advisable to call ahead and confirm. Just remember that there will be no facilities available.
The city has many areas listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Burlington Historical District is one of them. It contains an impressive selection of 20th-century residential buildings in traditional Victorian and American architectural styles. The city council provides a self-guided walking tour that you can download.
Burlington is home to a restored carousel that was originally built by the Dentzel Carousel Company around 1910. The carousel features 46 hand-carved animals that are very realistic, a trademark of the Dentzel carvers, including glass eyes and real horse hair tails. The carousel is open to the public but due to its age is sometimes closed for restoration.
Just south of the city you will come to Alamance Battleground and Museum, only a few miles drive in your camper rental from Burlington, on the site of the first armed resistance to British rule. The battle took place on 16th May 1771 between troops of Royal Governor Tryon and “Regulators” objecting to the British taxation. The battleground has been restored, and a museum opened on the site.
If you are seeking a historical North Carolina city to explore, consider a travel trailer rental in Burlington. Visit a museum, walk along a trail, and enjoy the landscape. Rent an RV in Burlington, NC and explore the Tar Heel State!