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Office Phone: 980-314-2267 (CAMP)
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Hours of operation are subject to change. The campground office will be closed on the following upcoming dates: November 25-26, 2021, December 24-26, 2021 and January 1 & 17, 2022.
Would you like to experience the "Great Urban Escape?" McDowell Nature Preserve offers 1,116 acres of peace and quiet. Choose from a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities and visit the Nature Center - all while you camp onsite! Additional park activities include 8 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, shelter rentals, fishing (NC fishing license required), Geocaching, Nature Center, and more!
McDowell Campground has 56 campsites ranging from full RV hookup to primitive sites. Additional amenities include a bathhouse, laundry facilities, and playground. Group camping is also available at Copperhead Island just a few miles up the road.
Campsites may be reserved seven days a week. Must be made 48 hours in advance ONLINE Walk-in reservations are not permitted after business hours. Set up is NOT permitted on a campsite without payment and proof of permit. Maximum of 6 people on each site. All vehicles MUST remain in their designated driveways. Additional vehicles must park in overflow parking located at the Office Building or in Primitive Parking Lots.
ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE PAID IN FULL AT THE TIME OF BOOKING: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or Cash ONLY *No bills larger than $20.*
NEW CAMPGROUND MAP.pdf
McDowell Campground Information Map Flyer Info NEW.pdf
Guest Reservation Guidelines.pdf PLEASE PRINT AND REFERENCE PRIOR TO ARRIVAL
RV sites are for pop-up campers or RV's ONLY. No tent camping allowed on sites.
All RV sites have water and 20, 30, 50 amp service.
***ONLY SITES R5 & R6 ARE FULL HOOK UP***
MAXIMUM RV LENGTH PER SITE:
R1: 30' (1 SLIDE OUT)
R2: 35' (2 SLIDE OUTS)
R3: 30' (1 SLIDE OUT)
R4: 30' (NO SLIDE)
R5: 35' (2 SLIDE OUTS) FULL HOOK UP
R6: 20' (NO SLIDE OUTS) FULL HOOK UP
R7: 35' ( 2 SLIDE OUTS)
R8: 38' (3 SLIDE OUTS)
R9: 35' (2 SLIDE OUTS)
R10: 38' (2 SLIDE OUTS)
R11: 38' (2 SLIDE OUTS)
R12: 32' (2 SLIDE OUTS)
R13: 30' (1 SLIDE OUT)
NO RV'S OVER 38FT PERMITTED
RESERVE YOUR RV SITE TODAY!!! (R1-R13):***ALL RV SITES WILL REQUIRE LEVELING MATERIALS***
1 hammock can be used on the following sites: D7, D9, D11, D12, D13, D19, D24, T1, T3
Please do not deface trees and tree line in efforts to anchor your hammock.
RESERVE YOUR DRIVE-TO SITE TODAY!!! (D1-D26 & T1-T7): ***NO POP-UP CAMPERS OR RV'S ALLOWED ON SITES***
RESERVE YOUR PRIMITIVE SITE TODAY!!! (P1-P10) ***NO POP-UP CAMPERS OR RV'S ALLOWED ON SITES*** Must hike to site.
The Campground gate remains closed at all times. To access the gate a 4-digit gate code will be given to access the grounds during your stay. When reserving online, please allow 24-48 hours after booking to view your gate code on your permit. If you have not received your Gate Code, please check your junk mail folder and/or call 980-314-2267. You will need this code to enter the campground at all times.
All online reservations will receive a receipt and permit from eparks. Click the first link in email and scroll down. Gate Code can be found in the Blue Events Note Box or in Custom Questions.
**Due to Covid-19, early check-in or late check-out are not permitted.
(FREE MAGNET FOR EVERY 2 BUNDLES PURCHASED)
During the months of April-November (peak season), a 14 day per month maximum stay per family is in effect.
During the months of December-March guests are permitted extended stay. All guests that are on extended stay must complete a separate information form and are to move campsites every 2 weeks for maintenance purposes.
In the event of a State of Emergency or Natural Disaster for non-departmental activities, athletic field reservations, facility rentals, etc., the department or patron may initiate a request for a full refund. In lieu of a refund due to a State of Emergency or Natural Disaster, the department/patron reserves the right to issue a credit for a future reservation for the same type of facility at a later date, up to 11 months in the future.
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