Sway staffers weigh in on their favorite campgrounds to stay in during the fall season.
:: Morrow Mountain: Located in Albemarle, this peak is part of the Uwharries, the oldest mountains in North America. They have been worn down by erosion, but still offer trails strenuous enough to keep a hike interesting. Stay at a campsite or cabin, rent a boat and take it out on Lake Tillery, explore the museum, or fish from a pier. Find more info here. Bonus: There is a drive-in movie theater a short drive away.
:: Asheville Glamping: Want to stay in a partially clear dome with stunning views, a loft bed and a slide? Yeah, we thought so. Check it out here.
:: Raven Rock State Park: If you’re into a wilderness feel, reserve one of Raven Rock’s backpack or paddle-in campsites. This park is located in Lillington, alongside the Cape Fear River, and features a 56-mile canoe trail. More here. Bonus: Try Cape Fear River Adventures for boat rentals, tubing and kayak instruction, and there’s a restaurant right on the water.
:: William B. Umstead State Park: This Raleigh spot is great for cyclists, with miles and miles of trails that wind through forests around three lakes. A small camping area has 28 sites and a shower facility. Info here.
:: Busco Beach: If you’re into big-girl toys, check out this ATV park with nearly 2,000 miles of acres of trails and mud holes in Goldsboro. Rent a four-wheeler and park it by your campsite. Read more here.