Camping at Crowders Mountain State Park

Available Camping Facilities

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When you've finished exploring for the day, settle in for a long night's sleep. Located approximately 1 mile from the visitor center are secluded areas for camping — areas so private that there is often not another person in sight.

Ten backpack campsites in the family campground accommodate up to 6 people each. Campers must register at the visitor center to receive an overnight parking tag.

These campsites are reached by trail, and all supplies must be packed in and carried to the campsites. Firewood is available for purchase at the visitor center and are picked up at the campground area.

Each campsite has a grill, picnic table, and two tent pads. Drinking water and vault toilets are provided.

There is a family campsite located in the group camping area that is accessible for people with limited mobility or disabilities. Please contact the park at 704-853-5375 for any questions about the accessible campsites, including about vehicular access. Please do note reserve an accessible site if no one in your group needs it, unless it is the only site left available when you are making your reservation.

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

These campsites are reached by trail, and supplies must be packed in and carried to the campsites, located about 1 mile from the visitor center. Firewood is available for purchase at the visitor center and are picked up at the campground area. All campers must register at the visitor center to receive overnight parking tags.

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

There is a group campsite for 10 to 15 people that is accessible for people with limited mobility or disabilities. Please contact the park at 704-853-5375 for any questions about the accessible campsites, including about vehicular access. Please do note reserve an accessible site if no one in your group needs it, unless it is the only site left available when you are making your reservation.

Advance reservations are recommended for group campsites.

Cancellation Policy for Group Campsites

Please note that if you need to cancel your group campsite reservations, you have until 14 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but campers may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

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Important Information

Check-In and Check-Out Times

Check-in at Crowders Mountain State Park is 1 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m.

Some parks can accommodate early check-in or late check-out, depending on the reservation schedule and site availability. Please contact the park to make such arrangements: crowders.mountain@ncparks.gov or 704-853-5375.

Leave No Trace

Camp on designated sites only. Your camping equipment must be on the tent pad or within the designated limits of each site. When leaving, inspect your campsite, food preparation areas, and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.

Burn all woods and coals to ash. Put out campfires completely before you leave, then scatter cool ashes.

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Amenities

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

Gate Access

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. Vehicles left overnight must have a camping tag.

If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the visitor center during business hours for the after-hours emergency phone number.

Firewood

Firewood can be purchased at the park from the visitor center for $5 a bundle. Kindling is available for $4 per bag. Fires are permitted only in designated areas and must be tended at all times. Gathering firewood is prohibited.

Please don't transport firewood into our state parks because you could unknowingly spread dangerous insects and diseases and harm the forest. Crowders Mountain does not allow outside wood at the park. For more information on how to have a risk-free campfire experience, please visit the Don't Move Firewood website.

Making Reservations

All North Carolina state park campgrounds are designated for recreation only. A single campsite can be reserved for a maximum of 14 consecutive nights within any 30-day period. Upon reaching that limit, a camper must vacate the park for 16 nights before returning.

Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.

Changes and Cancellations

You can cancel reservations online by logging into your account on ReserveAmerica. Please note that there is a $6 fee per night to cancel your reservation. The fees will be deducted from your refund.

Same-day cancellations will incur an additional charge of one night's camping. You cannot cancel a one-night reservation on the same day. Same-day cancellations can be made only by calling the reservations number at 1-877-722-6762.

Please note that group camping reservations must be cancelled at least 14 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but campers may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

If you need to make changes to your reservation, please call ReserveAmerica at 1-877-722-6762. You cannot switch dates, campsites, or parks using your account online — you will be charged the cancellation fees, even if you book a new site.

In the event of a closure for a campsite, campground, or the entire park, you will be contacted automatically by ReserveAmerica to cancel or change your reservation. You will receive a full refund for cancellations due to park closures.

No refunds are issued for "no-shows," early departures, or cancellations made after the arrival date.

Camping Rates per Night

All prices listed on the page include the $3 reservation fee.

Campsite Type Nightly Rate
Backpack tent sites $15
Group campsite
— 10 to 15 people
$35
Group campsite
— up to 25 people
$45

 

Senior Citizen and Military/Veteran Discount

Campers 62 years old or older and any veteran or active military members are eligible for a $6 discount per night on most reservations (except group campsites). When making a reservation online, check the box for the discount program to apply it to your reservation. When you check in at the park, please make sure you have a valid ID with your birthdate or proof of military service or veteran status to confirm the discounted rate.

There are no other discounts or passes for camping.