3 Scenic Campgrounds in Raleigh, NC for Your Next Adventure

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Raleigh, North Carolina is a city that really thrives when there’s plenty of green outdoors. In fact, the city has over 200 parks, many of which offer camping opportunities. There are also amazing parks just outside of Raleigh, too. One of the most popular in the area is the Eno River State Park, which has miles of walking and hiking trails.

William Umstead State Park

William Umstead State Park is a prime option for campers looking for a quiet place to get away from it all. Activities include hiking, biking, and horseback riding. You can also spend time paddling and fishing. There is a visitor’s center and seasonal boat rentals.

The park is also home to some incredible chainsaw art you have to check out.

Make a reservation online for a campsite before you go.

Lakeside retreats and glamping

Lakeside Retreats is a family-friendly escape located just 20 minutes from downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Set amidst 320 acres of farmland, this campsite offers a range of amenities such as yurt rentals, group rentals, and bath facilities. It is a luxurious camping location, more like glamping than camping!

Activities include walking and biking trails, fishing, and canoeing and kayaking. But unlike the state parks on this list, there is also a disc golf course.

Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Falls Lake is a favorite of the locals, and for good reason: with boating, camping, and a total of 25 miles of hiking and biking trails, it has something to satisfy everyone in the family. Pets are allowed on the trails too, so bring the dog!

There are a total of Beaverdam Mountain Biking Trails that cover 14 miles:

  • Inner Loop – 1.1 Miles
  • Outer Loop – 2.2 Miles
  • West Loop – 2.3 Miles
  • South Loop – 7.3 Miles
  • Drop Zone (located off of South Loop) – 0.9 Miles

Both bikers and hikers can both use these trails.

Boating, swimming, and fishing is also possible here. To fish, you’ll need a fishing permit from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

If you’re going to visit, be sure to download the Falls Lake park map ahead of time so you can save time at the site and get right to the fun. The park offers tent camping, RV camping, trailer camping, and backpack camping.

Please note that due to construction the Rolling View Campground is currently closed. Check their website for updates before you go.


Finding the perfect spot for a camping trip can be a challenge. Luckily, Raleigh is home to several great campgrounds. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway with nature, these are the spots for you.

If you’re ready to get outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. From state parks to lakeside retreats and even glamping, there’s a great option for you.