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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, NC

184 RV rentals

Southeastern Virginia is one of the most scenic areas of the state, being home to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the refuge is located within the independent city of Virginia Beach on the Currituck Banks Peninsula and is spread over 9000-acres of land and water. Ideal for a motorhome camping trip, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers a range of outdoor recreation for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. 

Set up in 1938 as a refuge to provide a habitat for feeding and resting of migratory birds, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge grew to its current size in the 1980s, when more land was added to the refuge to expand the critical habitat …

Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

368 RV rentals

This summer, plan a motorhome camping trip to Blue Ridge Parkway, considered America’s longest linear park that runs through the two states of North Carolina and Virginia. Referred to as ‘America’s Favorite Drive,’ Blue Ridge Parkway is an All-American Road and National Parkway that is known for its stunning scenic beauty. Extending over 469 miles, the parkway runs from north to south, passing through Asheville and Boone in North Carolina, and three major cities in Virginia - Waynesboro, Roanoke, and Galax. Following the ridge of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains for most of the parkway, the recreational motor road is a sheer delight for outdoor enthusiasts. The parkway also connects the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia on the northern …

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC

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Cape Hatteras and the other neighboring islands are considered “barrier” islands, protecting North Carolina’s shores from bad storms and hurricanes. Recognizing that the islands needed protection from mining, fishing, and other commercial enterprises, Cape Hatteras was established as a National Seashore Recreational Area in 1937. This designation allowed people to continue hunting turtles and other wildlife on the islands. Cape Hatteras was recategorized as a National Seashore in 1953, which made it illegal to engage in hunting activities.

One of the main draws to Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a portion of the beaches are open to street-legal vehicles. Around 28 out of 67 miles of seashore can be driven on. Bear in mind, though, permits are required.

The closest …

Carolina Beach State Park, NC

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If you're planning an RV getaway in the great outdoors of North Carolina, Carolina Beach State Park offers a little something for everyone. Located in the town of Carolina Beach on Pleasure Island, a short drive south of Wilmington, the park sits on the shores of the Cape Fear River and lets campers indulge in a wide range of recreational activities. There's easy access to some of the best fishing in the state, several miles of hiking trails, and even a chance to see the legendary Venus flytrap up close.

Throw in a 97-site campground and it soon becomes clear that the park is perfect to explore in an RV, so read on to find out what to do and …

Cedarock Park, NC

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The banks of Rock Creek make an ideal setting for Cedarock Park, a nature preserve spread over 400 acres, and a great spot for a motorhome camping trip. Located near the town of Bellemont in North Carolina, the park sits on the northwestern side of the Cane Creek Mountains. Not too far from Cedarock Park will bring you to the cities of GrahamBurlington, and Greensboro, and you can easily access these cities by renting an RV; you’ll find a range of affordable RV rentals in Alamance County. 

Cedarock Park came into being in 1975 when it was established on the historic farm of a local couple, John and Polly Garrett. Today, the park welcomes over …

Chimney Rock State Park, NC

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North Carolina’s western region is famous for its stunning mountains, many of which form part of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Hidden away in the southern realms of these mountains is the picturesque Chimney Rock State Park. The park’s beauty is easily accessible, thanks to nearby highway 64 running past its boundaries, that adjoins to Interstate Route 26. So, when you book an RV in Rutherford County, you’ll be an easy hour’s drive away from both Charlotte and Asheville.

Should you manage to take your eyes away from the sheer beauty of the park, you’ll unveil a fascinating history too. In 1902, a man named Dr. Lucius B Morse acquired 64 acres of Chimney Rock and continued to purchase …

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, NC

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The spectacular cliffs overlooking North Carolina's Neuse River have drawn people to the area for thousands of years. That tradition continues today as campers from around the state and further afield drop in to stay a few nights at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park.

Located near Seven Springs, roughly 20 minutes southeast of Goldsboro, this 1,097-acre park is heaven on Earth for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors to the park can enjoy excellent hiking, boating, and swimming opportunities, and then when the sun goes down, set up camp in the park's family campground.

If you want to camp with an RV in Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, keep reading to find out how to make the most of your …

Crowders Mountain State Park, NC

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Crowder’s Mountain State Park, North Carolina, is a popular destination for those that rent an RV in Gaston County. Easily accessible to the nearby towns of Gastonia and Kings Mountain, as well as the city of Charlotte, it provides visitors with the perfect mountain escape. Offering challenging hikes, towering cliffs, and views that will take your breath away, Crowder’s Mountain is made for the adventure lover.

Crowder's Mountain State Park includes the peaks of Crowder’s Mountain and The Pinnacle and was named after the creek that runs through the park, originating at the mountain’s peak. A stay at the park will give you the adventure to remember.

Dupont State Forest, NC

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Conveniently located midway between Brevard, NC, and Hendersonville, NC, DuPont State Forest, or DuPont Forest covers 10,473 acres of land. It spread out over parts of Henderson and Transylvania Counties in Western North Carolina near North Carolina/South Carolina state line. It is home to dozens of spectacular waterfalls, which are the prime attractions in the area. The most popular ones include Wintergreen Falls, Hooker Falls, High Falls, Triple Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. There are five mountain lakes within the forest, including five-acre Lake Dense, 99-acre Lake Julia, one-acre Lake Imaging, and Fawn Lake.

DuPont State Forest is a recreational haven for all ages and interests. The forest offers over 80 miles of recreational trails for walking, hiking, …

Elk Knob State Park, NC

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Elk Knob State Park covers over 4,227 acres and is one of North Carolina’s most recently created state parks. The park is best known for containing Elk Knob, which is one of the highest peaks in the area. Part of this state park also contains a section of the North Fork New River.

The state park features an interesting mixture of flora and fauna, making it a popular spot for hiking and photography. Elk Knob State Park is situated near Johnson City and Asheville.

Eno River State Park, NC

280 RV rentals

Eno River State Park lies in central North Carolina, a few miles north of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. The green land of Eno River State Park lies along the banks of the Eno River. Winding its way across the county, the Eno River cuts through some of the most idyllic scenery to see in this area of North Carolina. The state park creates the perfect escape for city dwellers who do not wish to travel to far from big cities such as Durham and North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh.

Whether its the great fishing to be had on the river or the picturesque hikes that the park offers, Eno River State Park has something for everyone. This …

Falls Lake State Recreation Area, NC

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A few miles east of Durham, North Carolina lies the Falls Lake State Recreation Area, a collection of seven access areas that are scattered around the shoreline of the 12000 acre Falls Lake. Sitting a few miles to the north of Raleigh, the recreation area is one of the largest in the state, attracting a wide range of adventurers ranging from culture seekers to folks seeking to escape the bustling city life for a date with nature. Some of the neighboring parks include the William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh and the Eno River State Park near Eno. Falls Lake State Recreation Area is awesome if you’re looking for a spot to camp in an RV in …