South Mountains State Park RV & Campground Guide

North Carolina

If you are looking for a mountainous backcountry experience in North Carolina, South Mountains State Park, located about 19 miles south of Connelly Springs, may be the perfect place for you. Bring along your horse to ride on the 33 miles of bridle trails. A barn and plenty of trailer parking are available. A 17-mile loop trail makes the ideal spot to go mountain biking. There are also over 40 miles of hiking trails, including ones leading to an 80-foot waterfall. This state park is located 10 miles south of Enola, 26 miles southwest of Hickory, and 100 miles southwest of Winston-Salem.

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Spring 47-67 F
Summer 51-74 F
Fall 48-73 F
Winter 28-50 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in South Mountains State Park

Get your RV packed and your sports equipment and animals ready to head to this state park. Rent an RV on RVshare.com if you do not already own one. 

Indian Springs Campground

Enjoy the luxury of pull-thru sites at the gated Indian Springs Campground near Hickory, North Carolina. Most of the sites at this campground, where rates start at about $40 per night, are located near tall shade trees.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes; restrictions apply

  • Other features: Catch-and-release pond, tubing, fire rings

Green Mountain Park

Green Mountain Park near Lenoir, North Carolina, covers 1,048 acres. During your stay, you can go swimming, play badminton and volleyball, or join in the fun of planned activities. Rates start at about $55 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other features: Volleyball, badminton, planned activities

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What to Do at
South Mountains State Park

Inside South Mountains State Park

The rugged beauty found at South Mountains State Park is a great place to reconnect with nature. A museum with high-quality exhibits makes a great place to learn more about this area. Its mountain streams are excellent for trout fishing. Two picnic shelters provide great locations to host a family reunion or a group of friends. Mountain biking, hiking, and biking trails are all available. 

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How to Get to
South Mountains State Park

It is easy to get to South Mountains State Park off Interstate 40. Get off the interstate at the Connelly Springs, North Carolina, exit. Take Rutherford College Road southwest until you come to Mineral Springs Mountain Road. Turn left and follow that road for about 5.4 miles. Then, turn left on NC 18 South. In about 2.1 miles, turn right on Sugar Loaf Road. After 4.2 miles turn left on Old North Carolina Highway 18. In 2.7 miles turn right on Ward Gap Road. Continue until you see South Mountains State Park Road. Follow it until you get to the park. 

Entering South Mountains State Park

Hours vary throughout the year at South Mountains State Park. Call the park office for current hours.

South Mountains State Park Per passenger vehicle : $0.0

South Mountains State Park may be the perfect place to reconnect with nature on its hiking, biking, and horse trails. It is the largest state park in North Carolina, and you may want to visit often. If you have visited this park, then share your opinion on your social media account. Tag RVshare in your comments because we want to see what you have to say. You can also send your stories and photos by emailing them to [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions About South Mountains State Park

What is the best time of year to visit South Mountains State Park?

South Mountain State Park in North Carolina is great to visit in the summer between June and September. The weather during this time is ideal for biking, hiking, boating, fishing, and other park activities.

What is the climate of South Mountains State Park?

The climate of South Mountain State Park is wet and warm and rather mild. Although winter temperatures can dip into the 20s, it's often 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer gets hot with highs in the mid-80s.

What kind of wildlife can be found in South Mountains State Park?

One of the most popular wildlife viewing activities in this state park is watching for birds, like the park's Carolina chickadees, indigo buntings, and hooded warblers. Other animals to look out for are woodchucks, white-tailed deer, and black bears.

Are there designated RV camping spots in South Mountains State Park?

You'll find plenty of RV camping options in South Mountains State Park's several campgrounds. While some feature electrical hookups, most are primitive and offer few amenities that an RV can take advantage of.

Are pets allowed at South Mountains State Park?

Yes, the state park allows pets, but there are some restrictions. Pets must be kept inside RVs during quiet hours, and they must always be leashed outside of the RV.