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BOSTIC, N.C. — When people think about camping, tents and RVs immediately come to mind. But campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the Carolinas actually offer an enormous variety of rental accommodations.
“You really don’t need a tent, an RV or even a sleeping bag to enjoy a camping experience in the Carolinas, whether you want to camp on a mountaintop, along a lake or on a campsite with a view of the Altantic Ocean,” said Dee Witting, executive director of the Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
“We have campgrounds that offer everything from RV rentals to furnished glamping tents, tepees, yurts and even treehouse-like structures to cozy cabins and cottages and lodges big enough to sleep 20 people. One campground even has a bed and breakfast inn inside a century-old farmhouse, while others offer beach and bayfront vacation house rentals. The variety of rental accommodations at campgrounds across the Carolinas is truly astounding.”
Here’s a sampling of some of the rental accommodations offered by campgrounds in North and South Carolina:
Blue Bear Mountain Camp in Todd, N.C.: This off-grid campground complements its RV and tent sites with solar-powered cabins and tepees. Each cabin features a queen-size bed and sleeper sofa, a kitchenette, fireplace and gas grill. Tepees feature queen-size beds with high-quality linens, a bistro table and chairs, a charcoal grill and a picnic table. Campground amenities include hiking trails and trout fishing. http://www.bluebearmountain.com
Campfire Lodgings in Asheville, N.C.: This campground is perched atop a scenic ridge in the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers a mix of RV and tent sites along with a variety of rental accommodations, including yurts, cabins and a secluded cliff house. The yurts are circular tent-like structures with lattice siding, windows, a dome-shaped roof and skylight. The yurts have air conditioning and heating and include kitchens equipped with a small microwave, a small fridge and a coffee maker, as well as a gas grill and picnic table. Some units also have bathrooms. The yurts also feature gas log fireplaces for chilly nights or simply to create a romantic setting. Campfire Lodgings also offers two-bedroom, two-bathroom cabins with full-size kitchens, air conditioning, heating and gas log stoves as well as wood decks with gas grills. The 3,000-square foot cliff house is located on the side of a mountain and is surrounded by woods. The house has weathered chestnut barn siding and features a large stone fireplace and huge boulders that double as walls, mahogany doors from The Bank of London as well as antique glass. The house has three bedrooms and sleeps six. https://www.campfirelodgings.com
Carrollwoods Coastal Campground and Grapeful Sisters Vineyard in Tabor City, N.C.: This campground is part of a winery, so campers can enjoy nine varieties of wine from semi-dry red and white wine to sweet Southern traditional red wine. The campground offers RV and tent sites as well as furnished cabins and a two-room glamping tent with a comfortable queen-size bed and a ready-to-light campfire, which make this venue a great place to take your spouse for a romantic weekend. The campground offers picnic basket lunches as well as steak and potato dinner baskets that are ready to cook over the open fire. Wine tastings and chocolate and wine pairings are also available. A bed and breakfast inn, called the Inn d’Vine, is also located close by. http://www.myrtlebeachcampingwest.com
Four Paws Kingdom Campground and Dog Retreat in Rutherfordton, N.C.: This campground caters to dogs and their human companions and has pet friendly cabins and yurts in addition to RV sites. Each weekend has a different theme with dog activities, dog/human activities and adult human activities. An “Amazing Race Weekend” is set for May 31-June 2 and includes an obstacle course competition for dogs and their human companions, while a “Woofstock Weekend” with live music will take place Aug. 16-18. The campground has RV sites as well as pet friendly cabins and yurts. http://www.4pawskingdom.com
Jellystone Park Golden Valley in Bostic, N.C.: This campground currently offers tent sites as well as two-bedroom cabins and loft cabins with full size kitchens and bathrooms; three-bedroom lodges that sleep up up to 14; as well as one-room “Treetop Cabins” that are elevated on stilts, like a treehouse. This campground also offers luxurious glamping tents that sleep up to five and include a queen bed, a sleeper sofa, a hideaway twin bed, a microwave, a mini fridge, a coffee pot, access to a shared washing station and a charcoal grill. RV sites will be available starting July 1. This campground also offers organized family activities and theme weeks and weekends with Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Ranger Smith and Cindy Bear. Campground amenities include outdoor movies, jumping pillows, miniature golf, gem mining, Gaga Ball, laser tag, and a water zone with 165-foot long water slides, two kiddie water slides, 13 water blasters, two water cannons, and a 750-gallon hydro storm bucket that periodically dumps 750 gallons of water on anyone standing beneath it. Other activities include catch-and-release fishing, canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding on the park’s lake. https://campgoldenvalley.com
Jellystone Park in Tabor City, N.C.: This campground complements its RV and tent sites with cabins, yurts and two bunkhouses that can each sleep up to 20. In addition to offering organized activities and theme weekends with Yogi Bear, this campground has a mini golf course, a playground, a bike track, a gem mining sluice, a jumping pad, two dog parks, a 2,200 square-foot heated indoor swimming pool and installed a 20-foot-tall AquaPlay structure that features water cannons, water slides and a bucket that fills up and dumps water on children playing below. Other amenities include an activity center, a restaurant and a homemade ice cream shop that draws customers from throughout the Carolinas. https://www.taborcityjellystone.com
Lakewood Camping Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C.: This 1,300-site park sits on 300 acres and includes five lakes and a half mile of beachfront property. The resort complements its RV and tent sites with vacation accommodations that range in size from one to five bedrooms. Park amenities include miniature golf, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a full-size waterpark with multiple slides, a lazy river and splash area as well as multiple sports venues. The resort also offers a free Bible-themed summer day camp for kids. https://lakewoodcampground.com
Myrtle Beach Travel Park in Myrtle Beach, S.C.: This campground complements its campsites with rental accommodations, including 35 park models and 45 travel trailers. The park recently renovated two of its two-bedroom park models with new appliances, new hotel grade furniture, new TVs, new decking and landscaping. The park also recently added 10 two-bedroom Salem travel trailers that are equipped with a fireplace and sleep six. This campground features a heated indoor swimming pool as well as an outdoor swimming pool, splash pool and lazy river. The park also has a fresh water fishing lake with paddle boats and recently added a barrel train ride. Activities include arts and crafts, magic shows, family sand castle building, boys-versus-girls pool games and Karaoke. http://www.myrtlebeachtravelpark.com
Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, S.C.: This 3,435-site family owned park is the largest campground on the East Coast and nearly a mile of oceanfront and Sandy Harbor Water Park for guests.y. It complements its beachfront RV and tent sites with more than 300 rental accommodations, including one- and two-story beach houses on stilts that sleep up to 20 guests. Summer activities include family ceramics classes, tie dye, scavenger hunts, fishing tournaments in the surf for all ages as well as miniature golf tournaments for adults and children. The campground also has an onsite Nature Center Discovery Lab that features a live alligator and offers classes on a variety of topics as well as beach cleanups and nature walks and a Junior Naturalist Program. The campground also has a kids day camp called Kamp Starfish for children ages 4 to 11 and a “Kids Night Out” program, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., so parents can have a “date night” while their children enjoy pizza, games and activities. Summer shows include a weekly “Fire and Hula Show,” and a magic show in addition to themed weekends and special events throughout the year. https://www.oceanlakes.com
Solitude Point Cabins & RV Park in Cleveland, S.C.: This campground offers a variety of cabins, including units with a hot tub inside a screened porch. Onsite activities include hiking on the park’s nature trail as well as canoeing, tubing and kayaking on the Saluda River and fishing for bream, trout and catfish. Several waterfalls are also located nearby, including 420-foot Raven Cliff Falls. http://www.solitudepointe.com
Stoney Fork Campground and Bed and Breakfast in Ferguson, N.C.: This campground is located on a 28-acre homestead with 2,000-feet of frontage along Stoney Fork Creek with a mix of white pine, hardwoods, rhododendron and blackberry plants as well as grassy areas. In addition to offering creekside RV and tent sites, this campground has 100-plus-year-old farmhouse that’s used as a small bed and breakfast inn featuring homegrown cuisine raised in the campground’s garden. https://www.stoneyforkcampground.com
The Great Outdoors RV Resort in Franklin, N.C.: This park complements its RV sites with three cabins, including a studio cabin with a full bathroom and a kitchenette and two one-bedroom, one- bathroom cabins with a kitchenette. All three cabins have porches and mountain views. http://gorvresort.com
For more information about campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across North and South Carolina, please visit CampingCarolinas.com.
SOURCE: Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds press release