07 NCAC 13B .0602          CAMPING

(a)  A person shall not camp in a state park or recreation area except:

(1)           in a designated camping area; and

(2)           under a valid camping permit.

(b)  All camping permits shall be issued at the desired state park or recreation area by an authorized Division representative no earlier than the first day of the desired period of continuous and actual occupancy.

(c)  Reservations for camping permits shall only be accepted in accordance with the provisions of 07 NCAC 13B .1205, Reservations.

(d)  Payment of the camping permit fee, in full, is required at the time the camping permit is issued or when the reservation is made.

(e)  The maximum period of consecutive overnight camping in any state park or recreation area is 14 days within any 30 day period beginning with the first night of stay. Multiple camping areas within an individual park or recreation area are considered as a single camping facility for determining the maximum period of overnight camping within any 30 day period. The maximum consecutive nights shall be extended by the Park Superintendent, upon written request with reasons supporting the extension, if the Park Superintendent determines equitable public access, visitor services and staffing levels will not be affected.

(f)  No camper shall leave a set-up camp unattended for more than 12 hours. Camping equipment, tents, trailers, recreation vehicles and articles on a campsite left unattended for more than 12 hours are subject to removal at the owner's expense and use of the campsite.

(g)  At least one adult, 18 or older, shall accompany each camper group.

(h)  No campfires shall be left unattended.

(i)  Tents shall only be used in areas delineated for such use.

(j)  Connecting to a utility system without payment of required fees is prohibited.

(k)  A Division representative may designate portions of a park where food products, garbage, cosmetics, cleaning supplies and equipment used to cook or store food products are required to be kept in a Division supplied food locker, a vehicle, recreational vehicle or suspended at least 10 feet above the ground and four feet horizontally from a post, tree trunk, or other object. Food, garbage and cooking equipment shall not be stored except as specified in these designated areas. This Paragraph does not apply to food products, garbage and cooking equipment being transported, consumed or being prepared for consumption.

(l)  Designated camping areas shall be for use by registered campers with a camping permit for that site and their guests only.

(m)  Violation of the terms and conditions of a camping permit issued in accordance with this section is prohibited and shall result in the suspension or revocation of the permit.

(n)  Group and family campsite checkout time is 3:00 PM on the day of departure.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143B-135.16;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2010; February 15, 1981;

Transferred from 15A NCAC 12B .0602 Eff. April 1, 2017;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. May 1, 2018.