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Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathouses or pit toilets, or has electric hookup; and learn other important information.


Backpack camping

When you've finished exploring for the day, settle in for a long night's sleep. Located approximately 1 mile from the park office are secluded areas for camping — areas so private that there is often not another person in sight. Both campgrounds are reached by trail and all supplies must be packed to the campsites. Campers must register at the visitor center.

Each family campsite has a grill, picnic table and two tent pads.  Drinking water and vault toilets are provided. Forgoing a few of the comforts of home is worth it when every stream, tree and flower seems made just for you.


Group camping

Larger groups will enjoy fellowship in the backcountry group camping area. Sites 2-5 can accommodate 10 to 15 people, while sites 6-9 can accommodate up to 25 people.

Each site includes a fire ring with grill and three picnic tables. Drinking water and vault toilets are provided. Advance reservations are recommended.



Firewood is available for $5.00 per locker.

No outside wood is allowed. Firewood from outside of the park can carry dangerous insects and diseases — such as the emerald ash borer — which can harm the forest.

Wood locker showing firewood inside


NOTE – Gate access for campers:

Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times for your protection. There will be no exiting or entering the gates after the closing time. All visitors who are not spending the night need to be out by closing time. If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the park office during office hours for the after-hours emergency phone number.

522 Park Office Lane
Kings Mountain, NC 28086



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GPS: 35.213316, -81.293555

Day Use Areas

Linwood Road Access, Boulders Access, Sparrow Springs Access (Picnic Areas and Shorts Lake), and all trails close at the closing time posted at all entrance gates.

November: 7am - 7pm
December-February: 7am - 6pm
March-April, October: 7am - 8pm
May-September: 7am - 9pm

Park Office
8am - 5pm daily


Campers may access the Campground Trail Parking located at the Sparrow Springs Access Area:

November: 7am - 8pm
December-February: 7am - 7pm
March-April, October: 7am - 9pm
May-September: 7am - 10pm

Please plan accordingly, there is a one-mile hike to the campground.