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With upcoming three-day weekends for several people (Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day), it’s clock time to start out planning some long-weekend camping trips. this is often your weekend to reflect, kick-back, and rejuvenate. ReserveAmerica has highlighted a number of our greatest spots to camp over a three-day holiday weekend. All are within a brief drive from major urban centers to accommodate a comparatively short trip and are beautiful settings for relaxation and outdoor adventuring. Note when booking your trip that the majority state parks have a two-night minimum on holiday weekends, so confirm you’re ready to make an entire weekend of it.

6. Lake Norman State Park, North Carolina

Why we like it:

  • The largest man-made lake within the state
  • many trails for both hiking and biking
  • An hour’s drive north of Charlotte

The largest man-made lake in North Carolina, Lake Norman is that the centerpiece of its namesake park. Year-round fishing and boating are enjoyed in its expansive waters. For wintertime guests looking to remain warm ashore, the park boasts popular hiking and mountain biking trails, including over 30 miles of dedicated, single-track trail. The park features 33 campsites with tent pads, picnic tables, and grills, also as an in-depth picnic ground for giant gatherings.

5. Charlestown State Park, Indiana

Why we like it:

  • Park is known for its forest, stream and birding opportunities
  • 9 cabins for rent
  • Only half-hour northeast of Louisville, KY

Charlestown State Park is beloved for its many scenic trails that overlook Fourteen Mile Creek. This area is noteworthy for being a number of the oldest stream valleys in Indiana. The creek is a tributary to Ohio and is adjacent to a curiously isolated bedrock ridge dubbed Devil’s Backbone. The environment is additionally home to over 70 bird species, including eagles and osprey. There are 189 campsites, including full hookups.


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