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Camping on a Budget Garner NC

Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control.

Buffaloe's Mobile Acres
(919) 772-6568
2107 E 70 Highway
Garner, NC
 
Smithfield KOA
(800) 421-7116, (919) 934-3181
497 US 701 South
Four Oaks (Smithfield), NC
Number of Sites
100 Total Camp/RV Sites,15 50 Amp Service,100 Electric and Water,60 Full Hookups,1 Rental Trailers,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,Park Trailers,
Recreation
Arcade/Game room,Nature Trails,Playground,Recreation Hall,Swimming Pool,

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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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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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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College Rv Park & Campground
(919) 231-8710
4208 New Bern Ave
Raleigh, NC
 
Four Oaks Lodging & RV Resort
(800) 421-7116, (919) 963-3596
4606 US Hwy 301 South
Four Oaks, NC
Number of Sites
12 Total Camp/RV Sites,12 20 Amp Service,12 30 Amp Service,12 50 Amp Service,12 Electric and Water,12 Full Hookups,120 Max RV Length,4 Pull-Thru Sites,8 Rental Trailers,12 Sideouts,
Amenities
Cable TV,Dump Station,Group Area,Ice,WiFi Parkwide,Laundry,Pets Welcome,Store,Cabin Rentals,Park Trailers,
Recreation
Fishing,Golf Facilities,Hay Rides,Playground,Sports Field,Swimming - Lake,

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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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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Four Oaks RV Resort*
(919) 963-3596
4606 US Hwy 301 S
Four Oaks, NC
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice
Recreation
Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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February 8, 2010 by Camping Life Magazine · 4 Comments  

Article Courtesy Camping Life Magazine , Written by Stuart Bourdon

Couple Enjoying a Picnic at a Campsite Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It’s impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer many choices, depending upon its size and reservation level. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy. The good news—with proper planning, quick and accurate assessment in the field, and some flexibility, you should be able to find just the right spot in any campground.

Private and public campgrounds both have a place on the outdoor destination roster. Which you choose often has to do with your style of camping. Private campgrounds (KOA, Jellystone, etc.) offer a more controlled and manicured park-like atmosphere where the focus is often on activities (movie nights for kids) and recreational facilities (pools, etc.) inside the campground, and are more likely to have full RV-camping amenities (power, water, sewer hookups). Public campgrounds (state parks, national parks and forests, Army Corps of Engineers) tend to deliver a wilder, less controlled experience, and activity and recreation are typically more outdoor-oriented (trail hiking, fishing, boating), and are less likely to provide power and sewer hookups.

Either way, you can improve your chances of an enjoyable, rewarding stay by paying heed to some simple guidelines.

Plan Your Camping Trip Ahead

An advanced reservation is suggested for any campground, public or private, and for many, it’s a must. If you make your reservation online that’s fine; it’s convenient and almost all campgrounds—public and private—offer online reservations now. Before you do, though, make a point of contacting someone (forest ranger or park manager) by phone (best) or e-mail (second best) to ask questions about the lay of the land. Have a campground map (most have one online) and orient it so you know which direction is North, East, South and West.

When considering a campground, think about whether it’s down in a valley, on top of a ridge, or half-way in between. Campgrounds down in the bottom of deep canyons and valleys can be colder during the day (especially in the morning) because of the lack of sun, and can be damp and subject to ground fog. Ridge top sites can be more exposed to weather extremes and make for a cold blustery camp. Sometimes finding a spot in the middle is best. One that’s also sheltered from the wind, but exposed to morning sun, would make it the perfect find in our book.

Ask questions such as: Which way does the prevailing wind blow? Does it chance direction from morning to evening? Where are the trees and other prominent features in the campground?

The answers to these questions and others l...

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