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RV camp surrounded by mountains cloaked by lush green trees. In all directions, wild woods grow rampant, harboring untamed animals that roam freely underneath the tall, strong branches. Rutherford Mountain Campground is a small, quiet campground with only 16 sites in North Carolina. The sites are spaced out in an open space that is kept groomed. All sites have a panoramic view of the North Carolina mountains. Each site comes with a fire ring, which is a nice feature at the end of a long day of exploring and adventure. Build a crackling campfire and roast s’ mores while watching twinkling stars appear in the night sky.
All campers have access to a salt-water pool, which is said to be more healthy than a typical chlorinated pool. There is also a coin-operated laundry room, and you can make use of the restrooms with private showers should you require it. Those staying overnight have a choice between no, partial, or full hookups.
Lake Lure, NC, which is about 13 miles south of Rutherford Mountain Campground, is the closest town with a handful of restaurants and shops. The town is also known for its annual Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Festival, at which local artists, crafters, and other vendors display their skills. For a greater variety in shopping as well as a hospital with emergency health care, Asheville is about 30 miles west.
RV camping at Rutherford Mountain Campground means easy and quick access to tens of thousands of acres of wilderness. Dozens of state parks and state forests surround the campground, and finding a trail is as easy as stepping out the door of a rental trailer. Chimney Rock State Park is a 7,000-acre park that is popular with hikers and rock climbers. It boasts unusual-looking rock boulders and cliffs, including one that is nicknamed the Devil’s Head.
Those who successfully hike to the highest point in Chimney Rock State Park are rewarded with a vast, sweeping view of the valley below. The park is also well known for a photogenic waterfall called Hickory Nut Falls. The falls descend over 400 feet into a granite gorge and have been featured in several movies, including The Last of the Mohicans (in the last 15 minutes). There are other smaller falls up above the Hickory Nut Falls, and most can be accessed via a short hike.
South Mountains State Park, encompassing over 20,000 acres, is one of the most rugged parks in the state. The trails are steep and rise and fall sharply in a short distance. Hiking and biking over 40-odd miles of trails is a true test of one’s fitness, skill, and endurance. Patient outdoor adventurers are rewarded with stunning views that few people have witnessed with their own eyes. Sheer gorges that are deeper than they are wide. Beautiful summit views of North Carolina mountains and valleys. Bright, airy meadows. And old-growth forests that are hundreds of years old. Lucky few may even spot threatened animals like black bears, bald eagles, red wolves, and red-cockaded woodpeckers.
Hop into a rental motorhome and go hunting for waterfalls. There are several scattered around this region, and though most require a hike from a parking lot or trailhead, a few are within walking distance for most people. The Shunkawauken Falls near Columbus, NC, is a multi-tiered 150-foot waterfall. Tall oak and birch trees shade the waterfall, adding a dash of lush greenery to the scene. Photographers will enjoy capturing this - and many other - waterfall.
As remote and isolated as Rutherford Mountain Campground is, there are plenty of things to see and places to go, and traveling from town to town is a breeze in a motorhome rental. Asheville is a charming old town with plenty of big-city attractions for visitors to enjoy. In addition to art, music, and culture, there are several historic homes that can be toured. The Biltmore Estate, which has 179,000 square feet, was the largest privately-owned home in the United States for several decades. It’s a classic example of a Gilded Age architecture, and both the exterior and the interior are dripping with opulent finery. Both the home and the adjacent winery are open to tours.
Though the Biltmore winery is one of the oldest in the state, there are several other wineries in the area that have won various awards and medals for their vintages. The Russian Chapel Hills Winery near Columbus is an award-winning wine producer, and its unique greek chapel on the grounds makes for an interesting scenery for the visitors to enjoy while sampling the wines.
In addition to the robust wine industry, this region is also well known for being a horse country. There are several horse farms and equestrian centers scattered around. The International Equestrian Games, which takes place in Mill Spring, is the equestrian equivalent of the Olympics. Occurring every four years, the abilities and skills of the horses and their riders are tested. The events are grueling and exacting, requiring great skill and physical prowess. The games draw competitors and spectators from all over the world.
Book an RV in Rutherford County, and head out on an amazing camping adventure in North Carolina with family and friends.