Right in the heart of eastern North Carolina, between the coast and Raleigh, is Goldsboro; a city of deep history and rich culture, with military and agricultural roots. Legendary barbeque is Goldsboro’s calling card, and this part of North Carolina is proud of their four Ps: poultry, pickles, planes and pigs. Home to one of the oldest air force bases in the country, Seymour Johnson AF Base, the Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Beak Week Poultry Festival and, of course, pork barbeque delicacies, Goldsboro is a great place to visit, and is on the North Carolina Barbeque Society Historic Trail AND the Mountains to Sea Trail. Book an RV in Goldsboro and explore all the adventures that this southern city has to offer.
Experience the Sites and Scenery
Whether your interests include hiking, picnicking, canoeing or kayaking, horseback riding or playing gold, Goldsboro-Wayne County has everything that you could possibly want. This region offers hundreds of miles of hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails, coupled with Wayne County Paddle Trails with over 70 miles of interconnected rivers, streams and tributaries that wind throughout the area. The Neuse River features so much wildlife and gorgeous flora in and along its bank, you’ll be awestruck with every stroke of your paddle.
Within the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, you can gaze up at a 90-foot deep gorge of sandstone and limestone bluffs. You can also swim, fish, hike and camp. This state park has a great nature museum and an 11-acre swimming lake, complete with bathhouse, a sandy beach, and a diving platform. Don’t have your own boat? No problem! Rentals are available, and extensive picnic grounds are nearby. Leashed dogs are permitted on most trails.
Nearby Croatian National Forest, in New Bern, is just a two-hour drive in your Goldsboro rental RV, right on the coast southeast of town. This is the only true coastal forest in the eastern United States, with 160,000 acres of beautiful pine forests, saltwater transitionary waters, bogs and unique raised swamps called pocosins. With tidal waters on three sides of the forest, and the Bogue Sound on the remaining, this magical forest is defined by water. Enjoy a wide variety of wildlife, from deer and black bear to wading birds and ospreys. Canoeing and fishing are popular activities, along with camping and trail hikes. See the natural home of the famous Venus flytrap plant, and other carnivorous plants - don’t worry, none of them are big enough to catch anything bigger than the average fly.
Drive west in your Goldsboro rental motorhome a few hours to visit and enjoy Uwharrie National Forest. Gaze at the peaceful Uwharrie Mountains, enjoy fishing and camping nearby the scenic Yadkin, Pee Dee and Uwharrie rivers, or any of the well-maintained and marked hiking, horseback and mountain biking trails. Bring your ATV for exclusive trails and access to sections of the forest. There are more than 51,000 acres to enjoy here in your Goldsboro RV rental.
You’ll love the charm of historic downtown Goldsboro, which features live music, community events, farmers markets, craft beer stops, unique boutique shopping and signature restaurants. Goldsboro’s unique personality and history really shines downtown, and you’ll find it a great place to picnic and spend the day relaxing and taking in the feel of Goldsboro.
Kids of all ages love Waynesborough Historical Village, a reconstructed hamlet near the original site of the town of Waynesborough, and home to the historic Wayne County buildings including a family home, medical office, school room, and a Quaker Meeting House. Step back into history with these charming buildings, meet town “residents” and learn about the pioneer life, just steps from the Neuse River. You can also take a walk on one of the trails, or spend some time fishing in the Neuse.
One of the oldest synagogue buildings in the state is located in Goldsboro, and worth a visit. One of the few synagogues that were built in the 1800s, and still standing, the Oheb Shalom features Romanesque revival architecture and is a place of wonder and beauty. Tours are available.
In the heart of Goldsboro is the popular Herman Park, which features a children’s playground, picnic shelters, an early 1900’s park house and meeting center, a peaceful goldfish pond with fountain, and a storybook sidewalk. This is a great place to take the kids for a picnic, or to play some field games. Bring your tennis racquet to play on one of the courts, and enjoy convenient parking for your Goldsboro rental camper.
Just an hour northwest of Goldsboro is the city of Raleigh, North Carolina. Here you can visit world-class museums of art, history and culture, as well as enjoy all the amenities and variety that big cities have to offer. Raleigh also features beautiful parks, architecture, and an old-world Southern charm like few places in the country. When you book an RV rental near Goldsboro, Raleigh is a great place to take a day trip, or even stay awhile.
Where to Park It
It will be easy finding a place to park your RV rental near Goldsboro, NC. There are many national forests, regional parks, state and national lands where you can experience the grand outdoors in your Goldsboro camper rental. You can also stay at any number of luxury and amenity-filled RV resorts in and around the area. For a convenient night’s stay, Walmart stores can be found throughout Goldsboro, including two supercenters. It’s relatively easy to drive around the area with your Goldsboro travel trailer rental, but check traffic and weather conditions, especially if you plan to drive into the nearby mountainous areas.
Foodies rejoice! Goldsboro is barbeque country, and there’s so much more offered in this part of North Carolina. In addition to typical comfort fare of steaks, pizza and international flavors like Chinese and Mexican, the Goldsboro area also features cafes and bistros. Nearby Raleigh is considered one of the “Hottest Food Cities,” according to Zagat, celebrating national recognition and foodie culture. In the south, except in big cities, gluten free, and vegan/vegetarian options can sometimes be a challenge to find, but ask around, as restaurants are always adding new options for a variety of dietary preferences and restrictions.
The Goldsboro area also has a farmers market. The Farm Credit Farmers Market is near the Maxwell Center, off of Wayne Memorial Drive, in Goldsboro. Visit and enjoy local produce during the season.
Start planning your eastern North Carolina adventures today, and book an RV rental in Goldsboro.