If you’re looking for a laid-back atmosphere, but still want an endless amount of adventuring options available to you, Raleigh makes for the perfect getaway. The second largest city in North Carolina, Raleigh is quickly growing and changing and continues to delight locals and visitors alike. If you want to travel around the city once you’ve parked your rental RV in Raleigh, you can take a commuter bus into town, a GoTriangle bus, and then explore the city on one of its buses, the GoRaleigh buses. However, Raleigh is not all “big city”. Raleigh still holds to its roots, with a nickname of the “City of Oaks” because of the city’s, and region’s, abundance of oak trees. These trees line many of the city streets, reminding locals and visitors that there is a great, wild world to explore. And some of the best exploring of this wild world is in and around Raleigh. You can visit lakes, rivers, and hiking trails without having to travel too far from the city. When you book an RV in Raleigh, you can seamlessly enjoy both the city life of Raleigh and the natural beauty of North Carolina.
The Great Outdoors
When you rent an RV in Raleigh, NC, finding the perfect outdoor spot to explore may be a little difficult--because there are so many to choose from, you’ll want to go to them all! Raleigh and the surrounding area are home to several of North Carolina’s best state and recreation parks. Start your search for an RV in Raleigh and plan the ultimate outdoor adventure!
If you want to stay in and around Raleigh, there are many great options to choose from. In the northwest section of town, William B. Umstead State Park offers visitors a relaxing hiking trail. Pott’s Branch Trail along the streams that flow through the park or the Sal’s Branch Trail that runs along Big Lake. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available to visitors, just be sure to watch up for the fisherman! This is the perfect park to take your camper rental in Raleigh. If you want something a little more low-key, but perhaps more educational, Durant Nature Preserve in the northeast section of Raleigh is the perfect place. While you cannot camp there with your RV rental, it is still a great way to spend the day. You can rent a backpack filled with informative guides about the bird, insect, and water wildlife. These backpacks also come with insect catching containers and a fishing net so you can get up close and personal to these little creatures before releasing them back into the wild. You can also visit the Bird Garden and Butterfly Garden in the hopes of catching a glimpse of some North Carolina natives. If you want to get a little out of town, but still stay close to Raleigh, the Falls Lake State Recreation Area is the perfect getaway. Falls Lake is home to five swim beaches on a 12,000-acre reservoir, almost 15 miles of hiking trails, and over 300 campsites. You can soak up the sun on a rented kayak or on a towel on the beach and enjoy the sound of the waves as you spend the day at the lake.
If you’re willing to venture away from Raleigh, there are many great places to explore within a reasonable driving distance. About an hour and a half southwest of Raleigh, Uwharrie National Forest sits in the Uwharrie Mountains, offering some potentially challenging hikes. If you want easier hikes, you can go on one of the many trails around the lakes. You can truly feel as though you’ve retreated back to nature and get lost in the pine and oak forests of the Uwharrie National Forest. If you want to experience something a little more coastal, you can travel just shy of 3 hours to the Croatan National Forest. Located along the Atlantic Ocean, you can spend a day at the beach, hike on any of the 21 miles of trails through the pine forests and swamps. The most popular most popular forest trail is the Island Creek Forest Walk and the marsh trail is the Cedar Point Tideland Trail. Who knows, you may even get lucky and see a rare alligator and black bear (from afar, of course).
There are several RV parks located in and around the city that offer a variety of amenities for you to enjoy with your rental camper in Raleigh. In the northern section of town, the NC State Fairgrounds offers RV hookups with electricity, water, and sewer, and even WiFi! They are open year round, except for when the North Carolina State Fair is open in October. There are several other RV parks just surrounding the city, such as the Village Squire Mobile Estates & RV Park, the Coopers RV Park, and the Four Oaks Lodging & RV Resort.
If you’re looking for a campground to park your motorhome rental outside of Raleigh, the RVacation RV Park about 45 minutes the southeast is the perfect place. Situated on a pond, this pet-friendly locale has satellite reception, WiFi, and even a convenience store. While in the area, you can take a little day trip to the Hinnant Vineyards or the Bentonville Civil War Battleground.
Exploring the City
Renting a motorhome in Raleigh gives you the best of both worlds: easy access to the natural beauty of North Carolina and easy access to the excitement of the city, especially since much of the city has rather wide streets. However, if you don’t feel comfortable driving your rental RV or travel trailer in Raleigh’s city streets, you can take one of the commuter buses into town. If you want to learn more about the beautiful state of North Carolina, you can head to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and see local fossils, learn about the different branches of science, and gawk at dinosaur replicas. Or, you can go to the North Carolina Museum of History and learn all about the history of this mid-Atlantic state. If you want a little memento from your trip to Raleigh, you can spend part of your weekend at the Raleigh Flea Market and walk away with some locally homemade artisan goodies or a piece of antique furniture that will perfectly fit into that empty corner you have back home. No matter what you plan to do with your RV rental in Raleigh, be sure to check out one of the city’s many BBQ joints for a true taste of southern flair.