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Camping on a Budget Rutherfordton 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.

River Creek Campground
(800) 421-7116, (828) 287-3915
217 River Creek Drive
Rutherfordton, NC
Number of Sites
57 Total Camp/RV Sites,57 Electric and Water,25 Full Hookups,15 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,

Foothills Family Campgrounds
(828) 245-4064
1661 Hogan Rd
Forest City, NC
 
Hitching Post Campground
(828) 625-0340
2801 Girl Scout Camp Rd
Mill Spring, NC
 
Lake Lure Rv Park & Campground
(828) 625-9160
176 Boys Camp Rd
Lake Lure, NC
 
Sky Island Retreat & Campground, Inc.
(800) 421-7116, (828) 668-4928
88 Flatlander Road
Old Fort, NC
Number of Sites
20 Total Camp/RV Sites,20 20 Amp Service,6 30 Amp Service,6 50 Amp Service,20 Electric and Water,12 Electric Only,6 Full Hookups,3 Group Sites,35 Max RV Length,6 No Hookups,6 Pull-Thru Sites,4 Seasonal,6 Sideouts,4 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Mini Golf,

Four Paws Kingdom Campground
(800) 421-7116, (828) 287-7324
335 Lazy Creek Drive
Rutherfordton, NC
Number of Sites
40 Total Camp/RV Sites,40 20 Amp Service,10 30 Amp Service,30 50 Amp Service,40 Electric and Water,40 Full Hookups,60 Max RV Length,25 Pull-Thru Sites,3 Rental Trailers,40 Sideouts,
Amenities
Firewood,Fenced Pet Area,Handicapped Restroom Facilities,Ice,WiFi Parkwide,Laundry,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,Store,Cabin Rentals,Park Trailers,
Recreation
Biking Trails,Bird Watching,Fishing,Geocaching,Hiking Trails,Nature Trails,Picnic Area,Planned Activities,Sports Field,Swimming - Pond,

Thermal City Gold Mine-campground
(828) 286-3016
5240 Us Highway 221 N
Union Mills, NC
 
Silver Creek Campground
(828) 894-2331
410 Silver Creek Rd
Mill Spring, NC
 
Hickory Nut Falls Campground
(828) 625-4014
Main St
Chimney Rock, NC
 
Four Paws Kingdom
(828) 287-7324
Rutherfordton, NC
Campground Availability
Easter thru Thanksgiving
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Age Restriction, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Pond Fishing, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails

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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?

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