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The Best Places to Go Camping In Raleigh


Looking to escape to the great outdoors? There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned camping trip to get back in touch with nature! Luckily, you don’t have to travel far from the City of Oaks to find the perfect spot to set up camp. Raleigh offers a few great places where you can go camping (or glamping) and leave the everyday hustle and grind behind. Here are the best parks and lakes for camping in Raleigh, whether you prefer a tent or an RV.


William B. Umstead State Park

One of the most popular places for camping in Raleigh is William B. Umstead State Park. Pitch a tent after spending a day hiking or biking to enjoy the park a little longer. The tent campground opens in March and closes in December. The campsites are shaded by a hardwood forest and offer picnic tables and grills. The park’s two primitive campgrounds are open year-round for groups that want a more rugged experience.


Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Where to go Camping in Raleigh


Have your pick of camping experiences at Falls Lake State Recreation Area, one of the largest in the state. The area houses more than 300 campsites, ranging from RV hookups to group camps. Most of the sites offer water and electric hookups, with showers, restrooms and trash stations conveniently located nearby. Shinleaf is the perfect area if you’re backpacking and looking for a more primitive camping in Raleigh experience, while Holly Point and Rollingview offer more amenities for comfort and convenience.


Fantasy Lake Scuba Park

Looking to add an aqua adventure to your camping trip? Fantasy Lake Scuba Park is the largest scuba diving park on the east coast, and it also happens to offer primitive campgrounds with easy access to the lake. Take your pick from the park’s small campsites, group campsites and large campgrounds to set up your tent. Camping is very affordable at the park, costing $5 per person, per night.


N.C. State Fairgrounds

The N.C. State Fairgrounds hosts fun and inexpensive events year round, so why not stay a while to check them out when camping in Raleigh? The campground is located in Raleigh, near downtown, the N.C. Museum of Art, William B Umstead State Park and more popular places. Park your RV for up to 14 days to take advantage of back-in hook-up access, as well as water, sewer and electrical access on most of the sites.


Get out and discover the great opportunities for camping in Raleigh! Did we miss your favorite camping spot? We hope you’ll stop by Park Central Apartments and tell us about it! If you’re looking for a new home in Raleigh, we’d love to take you on a tour of our high-rise apartment community in the Midtown District of North Hills. Visit Park Central online at to schedule a tour or call us directly at (800) 528-1282.


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