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Camping Tricks & Tips Raleigh NC

Before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience. As the warm weather rolls around, camping excursions are planned, tents are being aired out, and campers everywhere are itching to set out for the wilderness once again. This season promises to be a busy one, with more campers and RVers roaming the country’s campgrounds than ever before. But before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience.

Falls Lake State Rec. Area (Rollingview Campground)
(919) 676-1027
Raleigh, NC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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70 East Mobile Acres & RV Park
(919) 772-6568
Raleigh, NC
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Recreation
Basketball

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Cooper's Mobile Home Park & RV's*
(919) 868-4896
13528 Hwy 70 W
Clayton, NC
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
RV Storage

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Blue Ridge National Parkway (Crabtree Meadows Campground)
(828) 298-0398
Little Switzerland, NC
Campground Availability
9-May thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Hiking Trails

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MILITARY PARK (Onslow Beach Recreation Area-Camp Lejeune MCB)
(910) 450-7502
Jacksonville, NC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Salt Water Swimming, Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, Play Equipment

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William B Umstead State Park
(919) 571-4170
Raleigh, NC
Campground Availability
15-Mar thru 15-Dec
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Jordan Lake State Rec. Area (Poplar Point)
(919) 362-0586
Apex, NC
Campground Availability
15-Mar thru 30-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground

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Apple Valley Travel Park*
(828) 685-8000
1 Apple Orchard Rd
Hendersonville, NC
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Nov 01
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball

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Tranter's Creek Resort & Campground
(252) 948-0850
Washington, NC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Crawford's Campground & Cabin Rentals*
(828) 837-9077
87 Horton Rd
Murphy, NC
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Pavilion, Stream Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Camping Tricks & Tips

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Camping Tricks & Tips


By Anne Peterson

As the warm weather rolls around, camping excursions are planned, tents are being aired out, and campers everywhere are itching to set out for the wilderness once again. This season promises to be a busy one, with more campers and RVers roaming the country’s campgrounds than ever before. But before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience.

• Drink plenty of water when camping in high altitudes (over 7,000 feet). Three to five quarts a day will prevent dehydration and high altitude sickness, which cause headaches, nausea and muscle cramps, and makes you susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite. Not a fun way to spend a vacation.

• Discard all the plastic and cardboard packaging your food comes in. Instead, use clear plastic bags that can be tied in a knot at the top, and mark them with indelible marker so you know what is inside. This method drastically cuts down on trash accumulation and the bags can be reused for other things, like collecting blueberries for blueberry pancakes.

• Build your campfire away from tree and underbrush root systems. You might never guess, but these can also catch on fire. Believe me, a good night’s sleep is far better than spending the wee hours putting out a root fire.

• Only when you can sift your fingers through the ashes of your fire can you be sure that it is truly out.

• Use a pine cone or a handful of sand to scrub your dishes clean. That way you are not always searching for the dirty, smelly pot scrubby.

• Fill your water bottle with boiling hot water, wrap it in a towel, and put it in your sleeping bag a few minutes before you climb in. This makes for cozy sleeping quarters.

• If you really can’t seem to warm up, and you and your campmate’s sleeping bags are the same brand, zip the bags together to make one bag and cuddle up close. Nothing beats this method on a chilly night.

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