Hitting the road in an RV has turned into one of America's popular, yet practical way of traveling. The first documented cross country trip in an RV was in 1915 when the Conklin family departed New York to head to California, which ended up taking them two months to complete. Today, more than 46 million people, including first-time campers, plan on taking an RV trip within the next year. For those that plan on camping nearby, we've put together a list of campgrounds around Lake Norman.
On Lake Norman
Lake Norman State Park
Lake Norman State Park features a 32-site family campground available year-round which can be booked up to 11 months in advance. The park offers over 30 miles of hiking and biking trails.
Lake Norman Motorcoach Resort
Located right on the water, this campground has 60 RV sites available to reserve along with their own pontoon boat rentals. Their sites offer full hookups and are on leveled concrete ground offering a very clean setting and a panoramic view of Lake Norman. Each site is spaced out 30 feet apart for social distancing. If you bring your own boat, they have boat ramp and slips to rent as well.
Wildlife Woods Campground
Open year-round, Wildlife Woods is a large family campground that has large sites, bathhouses, and boat ramps for people to use. Reserve one of the sites offering lake views or enjoy the community swimming pool and canoes available to rent.
South of Lake Norman
Carowinds Camp Wilderness Resort
Carowinds' 55-acre RV park is nestled in a natural setting offering modern amenities for campers to enjoy including a swimming pool, cornhole, and pool table. Full hookups are available for RVs up to 45 feet long.
McDowell Nature Preserve & Campground
Although currently closed due to COVID-19, this campground comes with 56 campsites ranging from full RV hookups to regular camping sites. Additional amenities include a bathhouse, laundry facilities, and playground for the little ones.
East of Lake Norman
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
Full hookups including electric, water, and sewer are available at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center. Daily rates are $40 per site and are all-inclusive. Tent camping is not allowed at this location.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
The Charlotte Motor Speedway not only offers camping during the big races and events, but it's open year-round for family gatherings and quiet getaways. Located just 20 minutes from Lake Norman, you'll be able to take in the lake and dive into the racing scene at the various race shops nearby including Joe Gibbs Racing.
Glenwood Acres RV Park
A family-owned RV park, Glenwoods is located right across from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Reserve one of over 100 sites available including open and shaded spots with full hookups. There are picnic tables, walking trails, and an on-site gas station and convenience store to fuel up and gather some snacks.
North of Lake Norman
Statesville KOA Campground
Located right off I-77 and quick access to Lake Norman, this campground offers sites for 60 foot campers, cable tv, WiFi, and a swimming pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. Guests also have access to the basketball court and playground as well as a dog park for your furry best friends.
Whether you're driving through Lake Norman or happen to be staying at a nearby campground, we encourage you to visit the lakeside of Charlotte and enjoy the variety of watersport activities and premier waterfront restaurants. You might even decide to stay an extra day or two to experience all the fun the area has to offer. If you do, be sure to check out our list of itineraries to help plan your trip and tag us on social media @VisitLakeNorman!