We get asked often about camping recommendations in North and South Carolina. But to be honest–until this year we knew more about camping in most other states except the one we call home and the one we live closest to. If you’ve been following us for a while, you might remember that we camped all of two (short) times before we decided to go full-time in the RV. (Completely normal for how we roll!)
This summer, as things started to slowly open back up, we began getting back out there for more weekend trips close to home. Sharing a couple that we’ve stayed at recently that we would definitely go back to:
Emberglow Outdoor Resort
Emberglow is located in Mill Spring, NC–about 20 minutes from Lake Lure/Chimney Rock. There is enough to keep you occupied here (especially with kids) that you wouldn’t even have to leave if you didn’t feel like it. Their amenities include with a big pool, community fire pit, Gaga ball, an inflatable bounce pad, dog park and nature trails.
They also have just about any option you could want for camping if you aren’t bringing your own tent or RV–you can rent a vintage trailer, yurt, tiny home, glamping pod or even treehouses. The entire place is new and they’re still building/adding onto it, so we’ll be interested to see how this place grows and evolves over the coming seasons.
RV sites were around $60 per night and tent sites $40 per night.
Emberglow Outdoor Resort
Moonshine Creek Campground
If we had to pick a favorite place we’ve camped this year that we instantly said we would want to be regulars at, it would be Moonshine Creekin Sylva, NC. We always feel that campgrounds take on the personalities of their owners, and you can immediately see and feel the love and care that has gone into building this place over many years. It’s designed to encourage community, and that’s not a vibe every campground has.
Our campsite backed right up to the creek where the kids could go in and play. It was our constant background music. There wasn’t a mosquito in site (in June!)–we were told it’s because they have no standing water. It’s just a few minutes from the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, 30 minutes to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and countless outdoors activities.
But we could spend an entire weekend inside the campground and be perfectly content.
We highly recommend a creekside site–these start at $60 per night. This place also has some of the most amazing tent camping sites and an area called The Sanctuary (no kids or pets allowed), which starts at $40 per night. There are also various cabins available to rent as well.
15 Minutes from Moonshine Creek – Blue Ridge Parkway