Welcome to North Carolina
From barrier islands to Smoky Mountains peaks, North Carolina seems to specialize in contrasts. These backdrops attract travelers to the Tar Heel State, while effervescent towns and cities make visitors extend their stay....
A longtime haven for outlaws and outcasts, the Outer Banks area is now a favorite destination for history buffs and nature lovers. This 130-mile stretch of barrier islands means plentiful sand, surf and solitude. Thankfully, the locals now are a lot more welcoming than the pirates who used to call these waters home....
North Carolina: Escape to Powdery Sands and Misty Mountains
These five North Carolina destinations cover the gamut from quirky towns to epic mountain ranges. Plan a North Carolina trip from coastal plains to rugged highlands....
How to Read Good Sam Directory Ratings
The three-number rating that accompanies each campground listing in the directory gives readers an at-a-glance assessment of a campground's amenities, cleanliness and environment.
How to read the Good Sam Rating 10/10 /10.All three ratings categories are measured on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best.Less than 1 percent of parks or campgrounds receive the coveted 10 / 10 / 10 rating, which indicates superior facilities that are well maintained, clean, well-appointed restrooms and a highly appealing appearance.Campgrounds are inspected annually by dedicated RVers like you.
Completeness of facilities
10 / 10 / 10The first campground rating evaluates completeness and quality of facilities.In this category we rate interior roads, sites, registration area, hookups, recreation, swimming, security, laundry, store and building maintenance.
Cleanliness and physical characteristics of restrooms and showers
10 / 10 / 10The second rating category concerns the cleanliness and physical characteristics of toilets, walls, showers, sinks/counters/mirrors and floor. If a park achieves a full point in each of the above, it receives a star (), indicating exceptionally clean restrooms.
Also rated are physical characteristics of restrooms, including interior construction, adequate supplies/odor free, adequate number of facilities, exterior appearance and location in relation to park spaces, and interior appearance.
Visual Appeal and Environmental Quality
10 / 10 / 10 This category addresses the park's setting and site layout, function and identification of signage, overall exterior building maintenance, noise, trash disposal, litter and debris around the grounds and sites, and appearance of grounds, sites and entrance area.