Lenoir is a sleepy community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where natural beauty and small-town charm blend seamlessly. “Where the high country begins” appropriately serves as the town's motto, as Lenoir acts as a sort of gateway to the tranquil mountains to the west. Lush forests dominate the area. Just 75 miles from Charlotte, Lenoir is far enough out into the countryside to be relaxing without sacrificing the conveniences having of a metro area nearby.
Lenoir is named for William Noir, a famous general who fought for the Americans during the Revolutionary War. The ancestral home of the general’s family can still be seen today. The town was, for most of its history, a furniture crafting center which propped up the local economy, but with many retailers and factories leaving the region or shutting down, Lenoir has become more of a tourist-centric town. Now the small, revitalized, entrepreneurial town has sprung back to life with many breweries, distilleries, eateries, boutiques, and lovely little art galleries popping up left and right.
Explore the Outdoors
The stunning nature found in western North Carolina is by far the number one reason to book an RV in Lenoir. The town itself has a few parks that will give you a taste of what to expect when you leave town in your Lenoir camper rental in search of divine woods and majestic mountain views. The Lenoir Greenway & Trails connect the town’s many parks to one another and ensure that people can get around without relying on their automobiles.
South of town, Tuttle Educational State Forest has trails winding through the old-growth pine and hardwood trees and over the babbling brooks and streams pouring down the mountainsides. There are educational workshops and ranger-led tours that visitors can join to learn about the ecosystem and how it all comes together.
Stone Mountain State Park is a little bit farther to the north of town, but still easy to reach with your Lenoir motorhome rental. Stone Mountain itself is a National Natural Landmark that attracts rock climbers from near and far.
Stone Mountain’s neighbor to the west is Doughton Recreation Area, a series of scenic hiking and biking trails and mountain meadows in the Blue Ridge Mountains, perfect for camping or sightseeing.
South Mountain State Park and South Mountain Game Lands both feature over 100,000 combined acres of green as far as the eye can see. Forty miles of trails run through the massive state park, so you can get creative and pick a trail or circuit that suits you best. The 80-foot-tall High Shoal Falls is the most popular feature within the state park.
Cherokee National Forest is a short drive away with the Lenoir rental RV and is a great excuse to leave North Carolina and take your adventure to Tennessee for a bit. You can fish for trout and bass in the many fast-flowing rivers located within Cherokee, or camp in one of the many campgrounds or wilderness areas throughout the forest.
Pisgah National Forest is literally only minutes from town making it the de facto place to visit first once you arrive in Lenoir. The 500,000-acre forest stretches all the way down to the lovely city of Asheville and features the highest mountain east of the Mississippi River, Mount Mitchell.
Lenoir is an outdoor paradise for sure, but many forget that the town itself has lots to offer as far as attractions go. The historic main street retains echoes of the past when Lenoir was the “Furniture Capital of the World” and business was booming. The main drag is full of lively little businesses that are almost always full of customers.
The Caldwell Museum recounts the history of Caldwell County, and there sure is a whole lot of story to tell. From the pre-colonial times to the present day, the rich heritage of Caldwell County is on display in the form of photographs, exhibits, and artifacts. Fort Defiance is the plantation home of town hero William Lenoir, which was donated by the family to the local historical society so that a tiny history museum could be opened. The cheerful little cottage on the Yadkin River was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
For a literal change of pace, check out the Tri-County Speedway just a little bit south of town. The small asphalt track has lots of rising talent racing in all sorts of cars.
RV Parks to Visit
Since Lenoir sits on the edge of the Pisgah National Forest, there are many places to camp or stay overnight when you rent an RV. Green Mountain Park is one of the only campgrounds located within the city limits. With ample fishing space, hiking trails, sports recreation facilities, and spacious campsites, this little resort in town could be a good place to park the camper rental in Lenoir.
Riverside Golf & RV Park might be a nice destination for golf aficionados. The park has a driving range, golf pro shop, and a mini-golf course, too. Indian Springs Campground has a full range of amenities including a series of nature trails and a fully stocked catch-and-release fishing pond.
The national forests nearby provide lots of unique campgrounds, too, so finding a place to park the RV rental near Lenoir, NC, should be easy.