South Mountains expands, improves streamside campground

The Jacob Fork River with its trout population flows just past the campground.
The Jacob Fork River with its trout population flows just past the campground.

Just in time for some of the best camping weather, South Mountains State Park has upgraded one of the parks system’s most scenic campgrounds.

The family campground is within babbling distance of Jacob Fork River, revered not only for its stunning beauty but its congenial trout population. It’s one of the best spots in North Carolina for fishing, casual hiking and being lulled to sleep.

The campground was expanded from 11 to 18 sites and all the sites were refurbished. Two of the sites are RV-compatible with electricity hookups. The best part may be a new bathhouse (with a family restroom/shower). The renovation is a $660,000 investment by the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, the principal funding source for state park capital projects and land acquisition. The family campground sites (as well as backcountry campsites) are now listed on the parks’ Central Reservations System and reservations are suggested, particularly this time of year.

South Mountains in southern Burke County is North Carolina’s largest state park at more than 18,000 acres. The park also offers 15 campsites reserved for equestrians surrounding a 33-stall barn. The park’s master plan calls for still more family camping opportunities eventually to be added.

New bathhouse is a welcome addition.
New bathhouse is a welcome addition.

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