The small town of Pittsboro sits about 3o miles to the west of North Carolina’s capital city of Raleigh and an hour’s drive southeast of the metropolitan areas of Winston-Salem and Greensboro. The gentle hills of the state’s Piedmont region welcome visitors who are looking for a low-key experience exploring little shops and interesting history along the town’s main street.
Book an RV in Pittsboro and you’ll be able to experience small-town life in North Carolina without being too far away from attractions and amenities that can be found in the nearby cities. It’s a chance to get off the beaten path exploring the town, finding delicious local products, and enjoying less crowded pieces of nature.
The Great Outdoors
Ask anyone in Pittsboro and they’ll tell you that the center of outdoor recreation here is Jordan Lake. The 14,000-acre body of water is perfect for swimming, fishing, and you can even rent kayaks, paddle boards, and pontoon boats on its eastern shore. If the mercury is rising, this is the place to cool off.
Lower Haw River State Natural Area is another popular hangout for outdoor adventure. It’s got some great short walking trails paralleling the river. Not many tourists know about it though, so you’ll likely find an abundance of solitude on the trail.
Want to hit the links during your Pittsboro RV rental vacation? Head to the golf course in town; playing eighteen holes there is a relaxing way to spend the afternoon.
If a little driving doesn’t bother you, take a day trip out to Cape Hatteras National Seashore a few hours away. The white sands of the Outer Banks are sure to delight anyone looking for a few hours of beach time with their favorite book. More adventurous visitors might prefer to rent a surfboard to take on the big waves that consistently crash into the shore.
RV Parks near Pittsboro
Given its smaller size, you wouldn’t think there’d be many places to park a camper rental near Pittsboro. Fortunately, its location on the edge of the Raleigh metropolitan area and close to Jordan Lake makes it a popular recreation area for residents of the capital.
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is one of the closest places to park your RV rental near Pittsboro, as it’s only about ten miles west of town. The recreation area actually consists of several different regions including Poplar Point, Parker’s Creek, and the Crosswinds Campground. Amenities vary slightly between them but there are full hookups, dump stations, and showers at each of them. For a more rustic experience, consider New Hope Overlook, which has water and restrooms available.
Another option, fifteen minutes south of town, is Cotten’s Campground, which also has full hookups and easy access to Jordan Lake. Next door to it is Jordan Dam RV Park offering full hookups, laundry services, and a mini-mart within walking distance.
However, if you just need a place to stay for a night or two with your Pittsboro motorhome rental, consider dry camping at the Walmart in nearby Chapel Hill. You’ll have no amenities, but you’ll have 24/7 access to any supplies you mind need.
Exploring the Town of Pittsboro
The Carolina Tiger Rescue, a few miles to the east of town, is one of the most unexpected attractions to check out when you rent an RV in Pittsboro. You wouldn’t think such a small town would be home to a dozen or so large cat species. However, many of them have been collected from negligent owners and the organization funds actions to end the exotic pet trade in the U.S.
Pittsboro is fairly limited when it comes to shopping experiences, but if you’re into antiquing, the town will not disappoint. You can find fairly impressive pieces from the ‘60s and ‘70s if you’re looking for clothes or home furnishings from that era, or you can uncover eclectic items and furniture pieces that are ready to be restored.
However, if you’re looking for some local products to take home, make a stop at Fearrington Village. The 18th-century farm on the edge of town is now home to a high-end restaurant, beautiful hotel, and a few small shops stocked with some of the best things Pittsboro has to offer. Even if you don’t buy anything here, it’s a great place for a stroll while enjoying the lush, green pasture and well-manicured gardens.
Do you enjoy a fine glass of wine or a pint of hoppy beer? Pittsboro produces some pretty delicious adult beverages. Wineries, meaderies and breweries can be found around town. A couple offer tours of their production facilities along with tastings so you choose which bottles you’d like to take home.