Wait….there’s another Denver? Denver, North Carolina occupies a prime spot on Lake Norman in the heart of western North Carolina, a paradise for boaters, fishermen, golfers, and nature lovers of all stripes. Denver offers an easy access to epic shopping sprees, fabulous Carolina BBQ, and exciting attractions for the thrill-seeking set.
Just a short drive from the southern charm of Charlotte and Winston-Salem, as well as several national and state parks, when you rent a travel trailer in Denver, you’ll be plugged into some of the best events and attractions in the region. Boaters, paddlers, and fishermen will love to get out on beautiful Lake Norman for a day in the sun. Anglers can cast for sportfish while the more courageous can try their hand, quite literally, at noodling with one of the area’s knowledgeable catfish grabbling guides.
Rockhounds and climbers will have no trouble finding prime spots to scramble over the rocks along some of the fantastic trails crisscrossing the region. When you book an RV in Denver it’ll be a breeze to hit the links on one of the world-class golf courses or tour the dozens of the area’s historical sites. You can also ditch the RV at one of the RV parks or campgrounds in the Denver area and strap in for a hair-raising ride at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Whatever your passion, a vacation with an RV rental in Denver has you covered.
The Great Outdoors
Anglers have been drawn to Lake Norman for years and it’s no wonder. The lake is home to over a dozen species of fish including bluegill and walleye, and the Catawba River has plenty of trout for fly-fishing. Recently, though, another fish has been catching the local spotlight - monster-sized catfish. Braver souls can call a guide service in nearby Statesman, NC and spend the day noodling, that is, dangling your fingers into a hole in the river or lake bottom and catching a catfish when it, quite literally, bites down. After you’ve had your fun with noodling, your Denver RV rental will provide the perfect place to relax, fry up your catch, and bandage up those digits.
It’s no time at all in your Denver motorhome rental to the hollers and hills of the Appalachian Mountains. Denver occupies a central seat between the Pisgah National Forest to the west and the Uwharrie National Forest to the east. The parks encompass over 500,000 acres of spectacular mountain forests and offer endless miles of trails, scenic bypasses, and white-water rafting on numerous rivers and streams. RV-friendly camping is available in both parks, allowing you uninhibited access to these remote playgrounds. The South Mountains State Park and Game Lands is a smaller park, just an hour west of Denver, offering more than enough to satisfy any outdoors lover. South Mountains is one of North Carolina’s most rugged areas, offering a true backcountry experience with more than 40 miles of backcountry trails, numerous trout streams, and the High Shoal Falls, a breathtaking, 80-foot waterfall on the Jacob Fork River.
The great outdoors doesn’t always mean hiking through the woods, however. Golfers can also take a drive, in their RV and on the fairway, to one of the areas dozens of golf courses. From easy 3-par beginner courses to truly world-class courses, the Denver area won’t disappoint when it comes to hitting the links.
At the end of the day, there are plenty of places to park your Denver rental RV and set up camp. A great place to relax by the fire is Lake Norman State Park, which offers a 32-site, family-friendly campground with modern amenities, a bathhouse, and a swimming beach. Lake Norman Motorcoach Resort is another option in Denver that offers 60 full hookup RV sites on the shore of the Lake Norman.
NASCAR fans can camp out after the races at Glenwood Acres RV park in Concord, just a few minutes from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The park has over 100 full hookup RV sites, a convenience store, and a full-service gas station. You can also dry out after a trip down the river in the Pisgah or Uwharrie National Forests, each offers several great options for RV-accessible camping.
Exploring the City
With its proximity to Charlotte and Winston-Salem, there is never a shortage of things to do in Denver. Dozens of shopping malls and countless boutique stores in Charlotte mean shopping experiences that will appeal to everyone from the lumberjack-chic types, to the haute couture set, to those seeking those perfect, quirky thrift store treasures.
Diners will find the array of choices almost overwhelming. The Charlotte area has hundreds of restaurants, cafes, and brewpubs to satisfy every craving although the specialty is, you guessed it, BBQ. Carolina BBQ is considered to be one of the best (sorry, Texas) by connoisseurs the world over and Charlotte is packed full of world-class BBQ joints. Southern comfort food is not to be outdone, however, and you’d be remiss not to order up a plate of pan-fried chicken, field beans, and greens.
The Denver area is also home to some great historical sites and attractions. One of the best places to experience the Old South is at the Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, a restored 18th-century town complete with costumed staff. Afterward, catch a pint of ale or a farm-to-table meal at the Tavern in Old Salem, operating since 1784 and specializing in the Moravian cuisine of the early inhabitants of the area.
If you’d rather cook in the comfort of your RV, the Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem can provide farm-fresh products to meet your culinary expectations. Charlotte is also home to over a dozen world-class museums including the Charlotte Museum of History, considered one of the best in the country. The Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site in Mt. Gilead is a wonderful example of pre-European history of the region. Aspiring geologists can explore the unique geological history while panning for gold and exploring the underground tunnels of the Reed Gold mine in Midland.
Thrill seekers will also feel right at home in the Denver area. Charlotte is the home of the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where you can experience the largest man-made river in the world where Olympic canoe and kayak competitors train. NASCAR fans can revel in high-speed glory at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte or the Winston Cup Museum in Winston-Salem. Charlotte is also home to the 600 Festival, formerly Speed Street, one of the best events in the world to see cars, hear loud rock ‘n roll, and eat great food. But, true adrenaline junkies can trade in their Denver camper rental for the day and kickstart their hearts at the NASCAR Racing Experience and Richard Petty Driving Experience in Charlotte where you can ride along or even drive your own NASCAR race car and experience your own 200-mph thrill ride!