Area Attractions

Outdoor Adventures


  • Lake Wilson is a popular spot for swimming, boating, and fishing. The lake is located just north of Wilson and offers a variety of amenities, including a boat ramp, picnic shelters, and a playground.
  • Buckhorn Reservoir is a 2,000-acre reservoir located southeast of Wilson. The reservoir is a great place to go fishing for bass, crappie, and catfish. There are also several boat ramps located around the reservoir, making it easy to get on the water. Buckhorn Lake Park offers picnic shelters, grills, and a playground, making it a great place to spend a day outdoors.
  • Roanoke Rapids Lake is a 4,600-acre lake located east of Wilson. The lake is a great place to go boating, fishing, and swimming. The Roanoke Rapids Lake Wildlife Management Area offers opportunities for hiking, hunting, and wildlife viewing.


  • Wilson Park to Carolina North Forest Via Owasa Corridor: This 5-mile trail is a great option for a longer hike or bike ride. It’s a paved greenway that takes you through a mix of wooded areas and open fields, eventually connecting to the Carolina North Forest. You can access the trail from various points in Wilson Park, making it convenient to start your exploration.

  • Lake Wilson Park: This park offers a short walking trail around the perimeter of Lake Wilson. It’s a paved path, perfect for a leisurely stroll or jog while enjoying the lake views. This might be a better option for a quick walk or enjoying the scenery with limited mobility.

Nearby Attractions

Historic Downtown Wilson: Offering a wide array of choices, the biggest challenge for visitors is deciding what to do first. Our award-winning North Carolina Main Street, offers you festivals, outdoor concerts, historic walking tours and much more!

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Whirligig Park: Wilson, North Carolina, boasts a unique artistic gem: Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park. This open-air exhibition showcases the whimsical kinetic sculptures created by local artist Vollis Simpson. These large-scale “whirligigs” are crafted from everyday materials and capture the essence of movement and playfulness.

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Imagination Station Science Museum: Spark curiosity and ignite imaginations at Imagination Station Science Museum, located in Wilson, North Carolina. Housed within the historic Wilson Federal Courthouse (built in 1928!), this interactive museum offers a captivating journey through science and technology for all ages.

  • Over 200 hands-on exhibits explore space, health, the environment, and more.
  • Encounter fascinating live animals and get up close with nature’s wonders.
  • Take a thrilling spin as a human gyroscope or walk through a giant mouth!
  • Feel the power of science! Witness 10,000 volts of static electricity make your hair stand on end.
  • The Curiosity Corner provides a playful space for little ones aged 5 and under.
  • Daily live shows and demonstrations in the Merck Science Courtroom bring science to life.
  • The Science Depot museum store offers unique science-related gifts and souvenirs.

Bonus! Imagination Station is just minutes away from Kampers Lodge Campground, making it the perfect stop for a family adventure.

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The Wilson Rose Garden A must-visit for any flower lover! Don’t miss the chance to experience this fragrant oasis just minutes from Kampers Lodge Campground. This All-America Rose Selections Public Garden boasts over 1,100 stunning rose plants, with 165 unique varieties to captivate your senses.

A Feast for the Eyes and Nose:

  • Fragrant Diversity: Breathe in the sweet aromas of tea roses, floribundas, grandifloras, and more!
  • Historic to Modern: Explore roses from classic old garden varieties to David Austin’s modern English roses, all in one place.
  • Award Winners in Bloom: Witness 63 varieties that have earned the prestigious All-America Rose Selections award, including next year’s advanced releases!

Plan Your Perfect Rose Garden Escape:

  • Pack a Picnic: Enjoy a delightful outdoor meal with family and friends in the adjoining picnic area.
  • Relax and Reflect: Immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of the rose garden.
  • Capture Memories: Snap stunning photos amidst the vibrant blooms.
tobacco farm life museum

Tobacco Farm Life Museum: Journey back in time and discover the fascinating story of Eastern North Carolina farm life at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, located just 15 miles from Kampers Lodge Campground.

Founded in 1983 by local families passionate about their heritage, this internationally recognized museum offers a captivating glimpse into the region’s agricultural roots. Step back in time and explore:

  • A 6,000 sq. ft. Exhibit Gallery: Immerse yourself in exhibits showcasing rural life in all its aspects, from household items and clothing to agricultural tools and even a hands-on children’s area.
  • Restored Farmstead: Explore a meticulously restored farmstead, complete with a smokehouse and a traditional log tobacco barn, offering a glimpse into the daily lives of farm families.
  • Gift Shop: Find unique souvenirs and handcrafted items to commemorate your visit.

The Tobacco Farm Life Museum is a treasure trove of history for the whole family! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about a significant aspect of North Carolina’s heritage, just a short drive from your campsite.

Tryon Palace

Unveiling North Carolina’s Birthplace: Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens. Located a little over an hour’s drive southeast of Kampers Lodge Campground lies a jewel of North Carolina’s heritage – Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens in New Bern.

Step Back in Time:

  • Explore the reconstructed 18th-century Palace: Immerse yourself in the life of a Colonial royal governor and witness the birthplace of North Carolina.
  • Tour Historic Homes: Discover the stories whispered within the walls of meticulously preserved historic homes surrounding the Palace.
  • Marvel at 14 Acres of Gardens: Stroll through breathtaking gardens bursting with native plants and vibrant blooms – a feast for the senses!
  • Uncover 200 Years of History: Dive into exhibits showcasing furniture, paintings, silver, and more, revealing the rich tapestry of American history.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply seeking a captivating day trip, Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens offers something for everyone. Guided tours, fascinating museums, and beautiful gardens paint a vivid picture of North Carolina’s past.

Make lasting memories and embark on a historical adventure at Tryon Palace!

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Art Galleries

  • Wilson Arts Center: This non-profit organization is a great place to start your art exploration in Wilson. They feature a variety of rotating exhibits showcasing the work of local, regional, and national artists. They also offer educational programs, workshops, and special events throughout the year.

  • The Barnes Corner Gallery: Specializing in contemporary art, The Barnes Corner Gallery offers a platform for established and emerging artists. They feature a variety of mediums including paintings, sculptures, and photography.

  • House of Van Baars Gallery: This gallery showcases a unique blend of international and local art. They specialize in contemporary and modern works, offering paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media pieces.

  • Barton College Galleries: While not technically in Wilson, Barton College in nearby Fremont offers a great opportunity to see student and faculty art exhibits. The Barton Art Galleries host multiple shows throughout the year, showcasing a variety of artistic styles and mediums.

  • The Edge Wilson Gallery & Studios: This combination gallery and studio space provides a platform for local and regional artists. They offer opportunities to view and purchase artwork, as well as participate in workshops and events.

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Golf & Sports:

  • Wedgewood Golf Course: This public course offers affordable rates and a variety of amenities, including a driving range, pro shop, and restaurant. The course is known for its well-maintained greens and fairways, and it’s a great option for golfers of all skill levels.
  • Wilson Country Club: This private club offers a challenging 18-hole course designed by William Byrd. The course is known for its beautiful scenery and rolling terrain, and it has hosted a number of professional tournaments over the years.
  • Willow Springs Country Club This private club offers another challenging 18-hole course, designed by A.V. Macan. The course is known for its tight fairways and water hazards, and it will test the skills of even the most experienced golfers.
  • Battlefield Golf & Learning Center at Macclesfield (Macclesfield, NC): This course offers a public 18-hole course with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. They also have a golf learning center that offers lessons and clinics for golfers of all skill levels.
  • Greenfield Country Club (Greenville, NC): This private club offers a challenging 27-hole course designed by Rees Jones. The course is known for its variety of holes and its beautiful setting.
  • Riverwood Golf Club (Goldsboro, NC):This public course offers a challenging 18-hole course with water hazards and rolling terrain. The course is known for its affordability and its friendly staff.