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Harris Lake sits centrally in the state of North Carolina, around twenty miles southwest of Raleigh. With Highway 1 running across the northern banks of the lake, these well-connected waters are easily reached from both Sandford, Aberdeen, and beyond.

Harris Lake was formed in 1981 as an impoundment of Buckthorn Creek to provide cooling water for a nearby power plant. However, with very little lakeside development and over 4,000 acres of water to play with, Harris Lake quickly became a haven for those in search of a tranquil lakeside spot. Motorhome camping here presents endless possibilities for fun on the water with fishing, boating, and swimming, which are all popular activities here. Back on land, campers enjoy hiking and mountain biking through the picturesque landscapes that surround the lake. No matter how you prefer to spend your time in the great outdoors, you’ll find something to suit you when you rent a camper near Harris Lake.

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RV rental at Harris Lake has become a go-to spot for both local and traveling anglers from all over the state. Heated by the local power plant, Harris Lake’s warmer than average waters support a wide range of trophy-sized fish. Largemouth bass weighing in at over ten pounds have been recorded here along with two-pound crappie and various other types of panfish. Fishing enthusiasts camping at Harris Lake will need to bring all of their equipment with them as there are no marinas or fishing services currently existing here.

Launching your boat onto the expansive waters is not only a lucrative way to search for these sport fish, but it's also a great way to explore Harris Lake. Two public boat launches can be found along the lake’s 150-mile shoreline: one is just off Highway 42 at the southern end of the lake, the other is close to Avent Ferry Road at the northern end of the lake. Should you happen to have your canoe or kayak with you during your Harris Lake camping trip, then you’re in for a treat! Watercraft is limited on the lake, which gives canoeists and kayakers free rein to enjoy the lake at their own pace without the worry of a jet ski crossing their path!

The lake shares a portion of its northeastern shoreline with Harris Lake County Park, a 680-acre park that’s perfect for some on land adventuring. Within the park, there are eight miles of biking trails and five miles of walking paths to be explored. These well-kept and well-signposted trails can be tackled by both beginners and experienced riders, though everyone should be aware that they are shared with walkers too. If walking or biking isn’t your thing, the park is also home to several well-maintained picnic areas, a fishing pier, and a disc golf course, should it take your fancy.

Camping at Harris Lake

RV camping near Harris Lake is possible at Dickens RV Park, around a five-minute drive away from the lake. Visitors can choose from over 100 sites, all of which are suitable for RV-users. Dickens RV Park equips all of its sites with 50, 30, or 20 amp electricity along with water and sewage hookups. If that isn't enough to make your stay comfortable, the campground boasts two outdoor swimming pools, several modern restrooms, and welcomes anyone who is traveling in an RV rental with their four-legged friends.

Should you be determined to find a picturesque lakeside spot to pull up in, you’ll have to head north to Jordan Lake. Crosswinds, Poplar Point, and Parker’s Creek campgrounds all provide a selection of lakeside spots for visitors to enjoy. Despite their scenic and remote locations, all three campsites are very well equipped to provide campers with a comfortable stay. Though none of the sites have full-hookups, the majority are serviced with both water and electricity and have access to an onsite dump station. Each one also has modern restrooms complete with hot showers and flushing toilets, perfect for those who aren’t traveling in a self-contained rental RV.

Exploring the Area

The city of Raleigh lies within shouting distance of Harris Lake and is a great day-trip option for those in need of some cultural enrichment. The North Carolina Museum of Art sits in the northwestern suburbs of the city and is arguably its most unique attraction. With indoor and outdoor exhibitions, interactive displays and fascinating workshops on offer, this one isn’t just for the art buffs. After wandering through the museum’s 40 indoor galleries, head to their outdoor 164-acre park to witness the main event. Featuring more than a dozen art installations and three miles of trails, this is a great option for anyone who struggles with the traditional four walls of an art gallery.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science should be next on your list while visiting Raleigh. Considered to be one of the largest natural science museums in the southeastern United States, you’ll want to put aside at least an afternoon to explore everything on offer here. On the first floor, visitors will find an in-depth study into the state’s coast and inland waterways as well as a fantastic movie theatre showing a range of 3D documentaries. The second and third floors provide a deeper look into the natural world of North Carolina, including its mountainous terrain, natural stones and gems, pre-historic history, and contemporary environmental concerns.

Frankie's Fun Park is a great option if you're in need of an activity to entertain the whole family. Considered to be a sort of mini-amusement park, visitors can enjoy everything from laser-tag to go-karting, miniature golf to bumper cars. What's even better is each of the activities is priced separately so just pay for what you use!

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