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Camping Tricks & Tips Tarboro 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.

Pisgah National Forest (Lake Powhatan Rec. Area)
(828) 670-5627
Asheville, NC
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Carowinds Camp Wilderness Resort
(800) 888-4386
Charlotte, NC
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
RV Supplies, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Room, Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Volleyball

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KOA-Cherokee Great Smokies
(828) 497-9711
Cherokee, NC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Full Service Store, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, River Swimming, Wading Pool, Hot Tub, Float Trips, River Fishing, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Hanging Rock State Park
(336) 593-8480
Walnut Cove, NC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Oregon Inlet Campground)
(252) 473-2111
Nags Head, NC
Campground Availability
3-Apr thru 12-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Salt Water Swimming, Saltwater Fishing

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Cedar Creek Campground
(252) 225-9571
Sealevel, NC
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 30-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, REC Open to Public

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Blue Ridge National Parkway (Doughton Park Campground)
(336) 372-8568
Sparta, NC
Campground Availability
13-May thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Hiking Trails

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Creekwood Farm RV Park
(828) 926-7977
Waynesville, NC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Wood, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Stream Fishing, Planned Group Activities

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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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MILITARY PARK (Fort Bragg Travel Camp)
(910) 396-5979
Fayetteville, NC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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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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