Our family is addicted to RV’ing. Discovering new places and experiences across this great country is something we think everyone should get a chance to do during their lifetime. One of the challenges we face is trying to find a good campground that fits our RV and meets our criteria. Things like accessibility, hookups, site size, activities, cleanliness, etc. are very important. Unfortunately when we were newbie RV’ers we sort of just ‘winged’ it and ended up staying in some places that did not work well for us. Through trial and error, and recommendations from trusted RV’ers, here are our 8 favorite RV friendly campgrounds in The Carolina’s and Virginia:
— North Carolina—
1 | Stone Mountain State Park
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Stone Mountain State Park is a beautiful 14,000 acre park in North Carolina located not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are a ton of outdoor activities that you can do – hiking (easy and hard trails), climbing, fly fishing, horseback riding, and more. The campground itself is also very picturesque. It is well maintained, clean, and has generously sized sites. Not all sites have full hookups, so verify before reserving.
July is a very popular camping month so you need to reserve well in advance. Fall is a great time to visit the park because of the beautiful scenery when the leaves are turning. Here is the state park website for more information. Campsitephotos.com has pictures of all the sites here, and OnlyInYour State has a great post on things to do in the park, here.
2 | New Bern KOA, New Bern
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The New Bern KOA is a highly rated campground situated on the banks of the Neuse River in eastern North Carolina. As with many KOA’s there are a lot of family activities and things to do within the campground itself. This campground has lot’s of shady spots and a few that have a great view of the river. They also have a pool, stocked fishing pond, playground, and a pier.
The campground is also located near many historical areas and the Croatan National Forest which offers great hiking. The historic riverfront town of New Bern is also close by which has shopping, parks, fishing charters, historical tours and best of all, great dining options if you’re not in the mood to cook. For more information, see the New Bern KOA website here.
3 | Mountain Stream RV Park, Marion
Most of the sites at Mountain Stream RV Park are perfectly situated along a beautiful creek. People fly fish for trout right from the creek behind their campsite. For those of you that need instant gratification, there is a stocked fish pond a few miles up the road (great for kids). Talk about convenient! The sites are level, clean, and the staff is super friendly.
The road in to the campground is a bit curvy and tight but was still manageable with our 40′ class A. There is a fenced in dog park, but there is no dedicated playground for kids. Most kids were playing in the creek, riding bikes, or tossing balls in the common area. The proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway and all it offers, makes this a great location for a weekend family getaway.
Don’t miss Kevin’s applewood smoked barbecue on Saturday! Every Saturday the owner smokes up pork butts and everyone is welcome to a fantastic pulled pork sandwich (at no charge). Campers are encouraged to bring a side to share with your neighbors.
For more information about Mountain Stream RV Park, here is a link to their website.
4 | Cape Hatteras KOA, Rodanthe
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Located in Rodanthe in the Outer Banks, you are a stones throw away from the beach on both the sound and the Atlantic. The Outer Banks is remote so it does take a little longer to get to this location, however the time spent getting there is worth it. This KOA has a lot of activities which is great for kids and adults alike. The pool is great and we love that they have a poolside cafe so there is food onsite if you don’t feel like cooking. During the summer they have live music, movie nights, and other planned events. You can also rent paddle boards, bikes, or kayaks onsite. For more information see here
— South Carolina —
5 | Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort and Marina, Hilton Head
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Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort and Marina is easy to get to as it is on the northern side of the island. Most of the sites are heavily shaded and beautifully landscaped – and level. The resort itself is very clean, and the amenities include 2 pools, tennis courts, a playground, a restaurant, and water sports rentals (kayaks, jet skis, paddle boards, etc.). The rest of Hilton Head, including shopping, restaurants, golf, and the beaches on the Atlantic side are within an easy drive. For more information on this resort, see here.
6 | Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach
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This is a large resort in a great location in Myrtle Beach. It not only has RV and tent sites but vacation home rentals as well. The draw to this resort is the mind boggling amount of things to do and the fact that it is right on the beach. There is a water park, fantastic pools, several restaurants, ice cream shop, bike rentals, golf cart rentals, planned activities, volleyball and basketball courts, a mini golf course, and much more. If you stay over Halloween like we did, they have trick or treating at all the campsites. They also had face painting, a campsite decoration contest, and a Halloween ball. Kids of all ages will never be bored at this resort. More Information
— Virginia —
7 | Fries New River RV Park, Fries
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This is a beautiful RV park near the New River. The park is super clean and the owners are some of the friendliest we have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. We loved the proximity to the New River Trail. You can literally get on the trail from the RV park. This is so convenient. When traveling to this campground, listen to the instructions of the owner, do not follow your GPS to get to this campground. Also, there are no campfires allowed here. You can bring your gas fire pit, however.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the area, the New River Trail is a former rail line that has been removed and turned into a bike, horse, and walking trail. It is very scenic and mostly flat. It is very enjoyable outing with the family! The proximity to the river also means great fishing.
8 | Fancy Gap KOA, Fancy Gap
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The Fancy Gap KOA is conveniently located near a Blue Ridge Parkway entrance. It is also an easy drive to get from the highway to the park. The campground is very clean and the sites are level – even if the campground itself is hilly. There are activities for kids like gem mining and a wagon ride. They also offer BBQ on Friday evenings, and they make and deliver pizza right to your campsite. There a few really unique sites that each have their own fenced in dog area. This is something we’ve never seen before at an RV resort – a pet friendly fenced in back yard. You can let your pets off leash in your own site. Very cool. More Information