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I'm fairly new to NC and I've been searching the net for camping areas around me. I prefer the primitive style of camping out in the middle of nowhere. All I'm finding are the places in parks where you have to follow rules like "no alcohol". I like to crack open a beer while sitting in front of the camp fire. Back in PA, we used to camp along the Allegheny river in the northern part of the sate. It was nothing more than a few clearings along the river in a remote area. I'd like to find something like that around here, but unfortunately, those types of places can be found by "word of mouth" only. Anybody familiar with any "non park" camping areas like that around here?
 

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No but I will say this for the state parks in SC (the ones I have been to) as long as you are not noisy or a problem they don't say anything to you about having a beer in your campsite regardless of the regs. Most people use a coozie for the beer. I have even seen folks break out a bottle and pour mixed drinks. As long as no one complains you will be fine. The behaviour that gets you in trouble is the loud noises and music that is usually associated with the beer and fire that a lot of rude people who fail to realize it is a campground with other people do.
 

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Yea, I get the "don't draw attention" and you'll be fine part. I've personally never had a problem while camping and we're the type of people who leave a campsite and you could never tell we were there. I just prefer to not have strangers 50 yards away or whatever. Kinda defeats that "getting away from it all" feeling that I like to have while camping. Oh well, I'm getting the itch to go so maybe I'll try one of the camping areas up in Pisgah NF. Thanks for the response.
 

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Yea, I get the "don't draw attention" and you'll be fine part. I've personally never had a problem while camping and we're the type of people who leave a campsite and you could never tell we were there. I just prefer to not have strangers 50 yards away or whatever. Kinda defeats that "getting away from it all" feeling that I like to have while camping. Oh well, I'm getting the itch to go so maybe I'll try one of the camping areas up in Pisgah NF. Thanks for the response.
Yeah I kind of like getting away from everyone myself. Growing up it was easy they allowed you to camp in more places as long as it was public land. What happened is people started trashing places and they regulated it back. Also you have more people getting outdoors now than then too. I used to be able to go up to the river and find a sandbar to camp the weekend and see few if any other people/boaters. Now on any given weekend there is a flotilla of kayaks and jet skis everywhere. I don't mind the kayakers mostly except some of them will pull up the the same sandbar you have set up camp on and get out to look around. Kind of rude if you ask me.
 

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I tend to shy away from the "lost in the wilderness" style of camping...I camp on the beaches of the OBX...even in the winter....nothing like a beautifull sunrise in the AM while on a beach..BTW, I have yet to be bothered by the "Rangers"...yes, it's all about keeping a low profile.
 

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We are also new to the area! We got out and tried to camp over at the Pisgah NF one of the last holiday weekends and ended up tooking for a suitable spot to camp for a few hours before having to actually just camp at a camp ground, which is not my choise ever.

There are some really good wilderness sites but you have to get there early apprently!

It was also the first dry run trying to camp with my 18 month old daughter, she must have been 16months old at the time. That went ok... She needs her own air matress! I think I am in for a world of hurt in the long run!

Has anyone ever camped out UWharrie before? We have been out there wheeling for the day and been out on the boat on Badin but never camped.

Have you fished in the area?

RJ Lynn
 

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Primitive camping is allowed at Uwharrie, and on the busy weekends, every trail intersection has a group camping there. Right after I bought the jeep, my wife and spent a Saturday exploring Uwharrie, and hit the park from the south side (24/27, turn north at the BP) instead of the north (49 to 109, Eldorado), away from the OHV trails. We found a couple dirt roads that had some spots where people had been camping before but were pretty remote. We didn't see any other vehicles down there for quite a while, and it was gravel roads rather than OHV trails.

There is a LOT of hunting out there during deer season, so camping near the trails is probably a bit safer than going too remote. Its relatively small for a national forest (50,000 acres) so you aren't really ever going to be too far from people.

There is also a nice campground at Uwharrie, but the usual alcohol rules apply.
 

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Ahh camping in a heavily Hunted area could be interesting, in not a fun way!

Where are some good spots in the SC area?

I am also trying to fins some good spots to go wade fishing this weekend with my Father in Law. Trout, smallies or anything!

RJ Lynn
 

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Your not to far away from Va up 77 and there is TONS of primitive camping in the border counties of VA/NC. usually don;t have to worry about any trouble if you want to have a cold one,, just don't drive
 

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Are you looking for primitive car camping? If so youre unlikely to find anything legal.

but if you're into backpacking theres a ton of good primitive camping in NC.
As far as the alcohol thing, we just use solo cups.
 

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AHAHAH didnt even look
at least it wasnt me that brought it back :D
 

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You can always camp on the trails at Uwharrie and nobody is going to mess with you.. :D
 
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