North Carolina Makes Top 10 Best States For Camping In US
There’s something magical about sitting around a bonfire, pitching a tent, and breathing in nature. Many people love camping because it gives you a chance to disconnect from technology and hang out with friends and family. But which states offer the best spots to camp?
Recently, LawnLove.com compiled a list of the best states for camping. They compared 50 states based on 25 metrics such as campsite access, acreage, and trails. They also considered safety, supplies, camper satisfaction, and affordability.
The best state for camping
California was ranked the highest on the list. It has one of the highest total acreages of national and state parks. Out of all the states, it has the most campsites. When it comes to most attractions available in California, it also ranked the highest beating out states like Florida and Washington. However, it does not have the lowest average price for camping rental. It actually has the second highest.
Trailing behind California is Washington state at number two. Both states scored high in access, quality, and supplies, but the California gives campers the most space for a night off the beaten path.
The worst state for camping
According to the study North Dakota was ranked the worst state for camping. Their data showed that the state has the fewest campsites as well as the highest average price for camping rentals. However, North Dakota did rank the highest average consumer rating for campsites.
Less populated states like West Virginia (# 41), Wyoming (# 42), Rhode Island (# 49), Delaware (# 44), and South Dakota (# 45) land at the bottom alongside North Dakota in last place. They said that their low rankings are due to a lack of camping locations, attractions, amenities, and supplies compared with the more populated, higher-ranking states.
Other key findings
From the Adirondacks and Catskills in New York (No. 5) to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado (#6) to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee (#12), many high-ranked camping states are home to great hiking destinations. Also, nine out of the 14 states that are surrounded by the Appalachian Trail are in the top half of their ranking.
What about camping in North Carolina?
Meanwhile, North Carolina was ranked in the top 10 at number 9. The state offers a wide variety of glamping cabins in addition to traditional tent and RV camping, free dispersed campsites, open RV parks, and more.