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. 

Outside South Mountains State Park

You may want to spend some time exploring the towns around South Mountains State Park. There are fantastic places to shop and dine. There are also other attractions that you may want to visit in the general area. 


JD's Smokehouse

The meats, like ribs, brisket, and chicken, at JD's Smokehouse are smoked slowly over a hardwood fire until they are perfect. Then, they are served with delicious sides like jalapeno cheese grits, fried okra, and red slaw. Of course, you will not want to leave without eating some of their banana pudding.

Type: Barbecue

Location: 500 Malcolm Blvd., Rutherford College, NC 28671

Granny’s Country Kitchen

Taste old-time North Carolina Foothills recipes prepared with tender care at Granny’s Country Kitchen. Diners have been flocking to this restaurant since 2003 for favorites like meatloaf, pot roast, and chicken fried steaks. Breakfast is served all day.

Type: American

Location: 3448 Miller Bridge Road, Icard, NC 28666

Los Compadres Mexican Restaurant

Try the wraps and the creative Mexican kabobs at Los Compadres Mexican Restaurant. You can also get more traditional options, including fajitas and enchiladas.

Type: Mexican

Location: 508 Main St E, Valdese, NC 28690


Myra's serves great burgers and spectacular plate lunches. They often host car shows and live music events on Friday nights.

Type: American

Location: 212 Main St W, Valdese, NC 28690

Tex's Fish Camp

Calabash shrimp, flounder, and perch are a few of the fish specials served at Tex's Fish Camp & Family Dining. You can also get outstanding hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and other favorites at this small family-owned restaurant.

Type: Southern

Location: 3452 Tex's Fish Camp Rd, Connelly Springs, NC 28612


Cottage 321 Boutique

Find clothing for the females in your life at Cottage 321 Boutique. They also sell a few home décor items and fashion accessories. You can even pick up North Carolina State school souvenirs at this shop.

Location: 3729 Hickory Blvd, Hudson, NC 28638

Live Edge Living

Find handmade wooden furniture at Live Edge Living. Each piece is made from sustainable trees.

Location: 126 Bolick Chair Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681

Unique World Gifts

Unique World Gifts offers a wide variety of fair-trade items from around the world, including jewelry, health and beauty products, musical instruments, and more.

Location: 2751 N Center St, Hickory, NC 28601

Springs Roads Gun Club

Find custom holsters at Springs Roads Gun Club, where you can also practice on the shooting range. They offer a wide range of shooting classes.

Location: 3462 Springs Road NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Full Circle Arts

For over 20 years, people have been finding artwork created by local artists at Full Circle Arts. They also teach a variety of art classes.

Location: 42-B Third Street NW, Hickory, NC 28602


Pine Mountain Golf Course

Choose between the play-all-day or play-18-holes option at Pine Mountain Golf Course.

Location: 2961 Pine Mountain Dr, Connelly Springs, NC 28612

Lake Hickory

The 4,223-acre Lake Hickory was created in 1927 with the construction of the Oxford Dam. Consider fishing from a boat or along the lake's 105-mile shoreline.

Location: Hickory, NC

North Carolina Antique Trail

Shop at the 64 antique stores located along the North Carolina Antique Trail, which runs across the state. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you drive from one town to the next.

Location: North Carolina

Catawba Science Center

If you have children, they will love visiting the 35,000-square-foot Catawba Science Center. Visit multiple aquariums, participate in hands-on exhibitions, and watch a show in the planetarium.

Location: 243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Hickory Museum of Art

The Hickory Museum of Art started in 1944. It has now amassed over 1,500 objects in its permanent collection, which includes Hudson River School paintings, Southern contemporary folk art, American pottery, paintings from North Carolina artists, and more.

Location: 248 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601

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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.