Clemmons, North Carolina is a suburb located 10 miles southwest of Winston-Salem with Interstate 40 passing through it. The Yadkin River flows southwest of the village. Clemmons was founded by a Delaware transplant named Peter Clemmons in 1802 when he bought land here and opened a store. The train came to town in 1870, and the once bucolic Clemmons saw rapid economic expansion. Clemmons' location in the Piedmont Triad, a region in North Carolina near the Appalachian Mountains that includes the cities of Greensboro and High Point, also means easier access to the region's cultural, retail and entertainment offerings. To discover what the region and the rest of north-central North Carolina has to offer, find the best RV rentals in Clemmons, NC, and get started on your next adventure.
Explore Hanging Rock and North Carolina’s Appalachia
Experience a different North Carolina despite being just minutes away from the cities of the Triad area. The Hanging Rock State Park is just an hour’s drive north with the Clemmons motorhome rental via Winston-Salem. Here you will encounter summits of bare rock and towering cliffs, plunging waterfalls, quiet forests, and views of the Piedmont Plateau. Adventurous visitors will be rewarded with panoramic views after climbing the Hanging Rock by way of the 1.3-mile Hanging Rock Trail. For a path less traveled, follow the almost seven-mile Indian Creek Trail which offers plenty of photogenic sights – creek crossings, waterfalls, bird sightings and rhododendron blooms in spring – but attracts fewer crowds.
Much closer to Clemmons is Pilot Mountain State Park where you can camp, hike, climb, canoe and explore the trails on horseback. There are also rock climbing and rappelling opportunities on the park's abruptly rising cliffs from where you can enjoy, among other views, the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take advantage of campsites for your Clemmons RV rental on the lower slopes so you can spend a night here and hit the trails early.
To admire the Blue Ridge Mountains up close, let I-40 take you to Asheville, where you can enter the Blue Ridge Parkway. Travel (more than 300 miles) north and you'll eventually connect with the scenic Skyline Drive of the Shenandoah National Park; take your camper rental in Clemmons south, and you'll soon see Milepost 469 that beckons entry to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Either way, you'll find plenty of beautiful distractions, whether you're into waterfall hiking, leaf peeping, music events, quaint villages, historic towns, or canoeing/kayaking on lakes.
Where to Park Your RV
Tanglewood Park is a public park located on the Yadkin River but still within the town's boundaries. Operated by Forsyth County, the park offers electric, water and sewer hookups as well as other amenities like Wi-Fi, cable TV and pool access. There are also well-stocked fishing lakes, trail systems, gardens and a golf course so even if you don't stay here for a night, you'll find it a pleasant escape from the bustle downtown.
You'll also find another campground within 10 miles of town, and many more options if you expand your search to within 20 miles. There is also an RV campground in the lower slopes of the Pilot Mountain State Park, and several sites for a Clemmons RV rental by owner at Hanging Rock State Park. Sites are non-electric but with drinking water, showers, and flush toilets available. The Blue Ridge Parkway, on the other hand, offers plenty of KOA/non-KOA campgrounds at or near the town entrances as well as National Park Service-operated campgrounds along the length of the park. While minimal, if any, water or electric hookups are available, all campgrounds have dump stations.
Experience the Festival of Lights
Before the train arrived in the late 19th century, Edwin Clemmons, a descendant of the town's founder, set up a stage coach business until the train forced him to take his business elsewhere. See his last and largest stagecoach, the Hattie Butner (named after his wife), on display at the Village Hall.
The rolling countryside of Tanglewood Park transforms into a twinkling winter wonderland when the Festival of Lights begins. Time your visit between mid-November to New Year's Eve to see a million twinkling lights aglow. Stop for hayrides, hot chocolate drinks and marshmallow roasting for a multi-sensory experience.
While you can find plenty of dining options in downtown Clemmons, a more vibrant dining, shopping and entertainment scene awaits in Winston-Salem. Either drive your Clemmons rental RV there or take the Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) bus for a visit to the city's West End Historic District, Bethabara Park, Downtown Arts District, and numerous galleries and museums.
North Carolina bills itself as the land of first experiences that will stay with you for a long time. And the only way to find out is to put that claim to a (road) test. Book an RV rental in Clemmons today and follow where the road leads.