Backpacking/Camping in Charlotte, NC
About Charlotte Backpacking/Camping
Backpacking and camping are economical ways to get in the middle of some great outdoor destinations that are a little too far to drive for a daytrip. Charlotte is surrounded by some of the best campsites and backpacking routes east of the Mississippi and supported locally by several top of the line retailers.
For anyone that can only complete one backpacking trip in the southeast, Roan Mountain is the one. The 14 mile point-to-point hike first climbs through dense forest, eventually bursting out into the 360 degree views of several grassy balds. At two hours north of Charlotte, Mt. Rogers seems a world away. Since the Appalachian Trail crosses through the area, good camping spots are plentiful. Tree covered options are preferable as weather up here can turn turbulent quickly.
It’s impossible to talk camping and backpacking in the Carolinas without a mention of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited location in the National Park System. The Smokies have a nearly endless list of possibilities. For a ready-made, multisport adventure visit Cades Cove for a biking, hiking, and swimming weekend.
An absolute classic of the Carolina's. This 14-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail dives in and out of woods, cresting several highland balds along the way.
The lake front campground at Devils Fork State Park is the perfect launching pad for explorations of Lake Jocassee and the waterfall-laden blue ridge escarpment that defines the northwestern section of South Carolina.
Often passed over in lieu of it’s more well known iconic neighbors, the relatively new Gorges State Park offers a seclusion not easily found in those popular parks. This moderate, two night backpack trip leads hikers through a dense and varied temperate rain forest – crowded only with hemlock, rhododendron, and groves of trees.
These backwoods trails lead through dense forests and along the beautiful Lake Jocassee.
Winter beautifully transforms North Carolina’s wild spaces into a playground for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.
To make the outdoor lover on your list really smile, check out our handy shopping guide full of excellent outdoor experiences near Charlotte, with something for adventurers of all stripes.
Five unique hikes that will take you through groves of giant cypress, through dense hardwood forests, along the shores of glistening lakes, and to the top of an iconic Carolina peak—no experience required.
Six super sweet singletrack trails that are just a short drive from the Queen City.
Four must-do North Carolina treks for the hardiest of hikers.
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