June 29, 2023 - reviewed by Dawn
Could be a gem BUT....
We've been to CBSP twice in the past and enjoyed our stays, so much so we booked 2 weeks (June 2023). We had an electric site, and everything with the site was clean. However, the bathrooms were disgusting floors always had dirt and sand on them. The shower walls had mold. The 1st time I went into take a shower, there was another camper spraying down the shower she and her daughter were going to use. I picked the least dirtiest and took my shower. I called the ranger to complain. The next day, I went for a shower, and you could smell from the
outside was bleach, walked in, and found the showers were still just as dirty. Unfortunately, they failed to wipe down/rinse the bleach and I ruined my shirt when it rubbed up against the sink. We called the ranger against but nothing changed. We ended up purchasing our own cleaner to make the bathroom usable. This is a beautiful campground, in a great location, but amenities like bathrooms need to be kept up and clean.
October 8, 2021 - reviewed by Rick
Some mosquitoes, not bad. As mentioned, 9 water/electric sites. 70 non/electric- most all will fit at least a 25-30 ft RV of some sort, though if calling to reserve the person on the line didn't seem to know that - he thought that most non electric sites were tent only. Was only til I got there that the ranger at the marina corrected that error and said pretty much all the sites were able to accommodate a trailer or RV of some sort, though sites varied in length. Bathrooms were clean, nice showers where you control the water and aren't forced to keep hitting a button to keep the water flowing. It's true that with some sites you're forced to walk a ways to access the bathroom, but still not terribly far. LOTS of poison oak and poison sumac, so be careful with walking your dogs or leaving them tied up outside your tent or RV. Otherwise very pretty and very level park next to water, though even with the sites closest to the water you can't see it, or access it easily. $26 non electric.
October 2, 2020 - reviewed by Max Chester
If you don’t mind mosquitoes, go for it
Mosquitoes were awful. Also the access to the bath house was terrible. I was on an outside site and had to walk around the entire circle to get to the path for the bath house. My site was on the opposite side where you could access the path. All the inside sites had their own paths to the bath house. Terrible setup.
March 19, 2020 - reviewed by SoWickesited
Paid $30 per night for 2 nights (although we were evacuated the 2nd day because of Coronavirus shutdowns). Full hoopkups (50amp, water, sewer). Stayed in site 5.
There aren't very many RV sites in the campground (most are tent or cabin), but the RV sites are enormous. You could fit a couple rigs per site and still have room leftover. And the campground access road is wide and easy to maneuver.
The water pressure was on the low side but still adequate.
The gates close at 9pm (although I noticed some months have different hours, so be sure to check). That means after 9am you can't leave the park or get back into the park if you're not back in time. There's a CVS within reasonable walking distance if you really need something, but be sure to plan ahead.
Unlucky for us, North Carolina state parks decided to close all state park camping so we were given 2 hours to evacuate on our 2nd day. Too bad because the campground was nice and quiet.
March 1, 2020 - reviewed by DAP7477
Very friendly staff. Clean , well kept. Just a nice stay. They do enforce the gate closure times so plan accordingly. Nice trails. We stayed in a full hookup spot with a 25' travel trailer. Plenty of room and everything worked perfectly. Will definitely be back.
September 8, 2019 - reviewed by Travelsince76
Whoever was in charge of designing sites had no experience with RV’s
Take site 12 it is full hookup pull through but if you park your rig so your coach door is centered with the fenced picnic table and fire pit then the utilities are located in front of the RV. Either need extra long hoses to hookup in the back or if you don’t have them then your rig sits almost at the very end of the pull through and unable to extend awning and with your door 25 feet away from the table “corral”
Also no benefit at all of paying for a pull through because it is a tight u and if you don’t disconnect your toe BEFORE getting there you end up scraping the side of the toe against the trees. Can’t connect toe there either for the same reason, have to drive half a mile and hookup on the side of the road.
Water pressure was below 25 PSI good for conserving water but showers needed to be longer to rinse off. Sites are private and with enough distance between them.
Mosquitoes ate me alive, not coming back
July 7, 2019 - reviewed by Campingroots
Nice state Park
Nice little park with campground and marina and little store. Day use areas are awesome for hiking, kayaking, boating etc...
Shower/bathhouse is a bit rustic, but we had our bathroom in the camper, so thats a plus. Plenty of tent sites here. Also have some cabins available.
You get locked in (or out) at 10 PM. But can walk back in or ride your bike in no problem, if you went down to the beach and fireworks.
July 30, 2018 - reviewed by T6Jaxs
This is a great camp ground, but they only have nine sites with full hook up. If you can get in it is really inexpensive $23 a night. Lots of hiking trails, bike trail to the beach, boat marina. The gates are closed from 10 pm to 7 am so you have to watch your time if you go out to enjoy the nightlife around town.
May 15, 2018 - reviewed by Andrew
Great Family Site
Great space between sites. The bathrooms are clean and not far from the beach! Tent site is well shaded in summer. We will return. Thanks for the memories.
April 10, 2018 - reviewed by Blackbeard
Wont Stay Again
Stayed overnight in tent. (During summer of 2016) Noticed rangers running checks on people's vehicles. Seen 2 men in military style dress with binoculars checking out campsites from hiking trail. Gave me the creeps but couldn't leave because they lock exit gate until morning. Very suspicious activity among rangers. Locals at gas station on island told me rangers are always running peoples cars to check for warrants etc.
March 25, 2018 - reviewed by Kokopelli
Big Spaces, Lovely Park
We loved our stay here. Big Spaces (only 9 have electricity and water) and lots of hiking trails. Good showers.
December 17, 2017 - reviewed by The Register's
Great, quiet campground. I have a 42' fifth wheel and had no issues with maneuvering into my campsite. Clean, lots of trails, boat ramp, bike rental, kayak rental and full hookup sites available. Will definitely stay again.
November 23, 2017 - reviewed by @chasingtabor
This is one of the prettiest state parks we have stayed in. Big spots with lots of trees and privacy from each other. Lots of hiking trails, access to the boat ramp and close to Wilmington for supplies or a fun day trip to breweries and restaurants. They have about 10-12 electric hookup spots but reserve them early they are usually taken before a first come first serve basis. The rest of the spots are no hookup, but they do have water access and clean hot shower bath houses in the park. They also have cute little cabins you can rent. We would definitely come back if ever in the area. Lots of hiking trails, and a chance to see lots of butterflies and Venus fly traps on the boardwalk trail.
Non electric spots are only $18/night.
May 23, 2017 - reviewed by Ryan
24 Foot Travel Trailer
One of the best NC state parks. Good places to hike and bike, nice ranger center, and large spaces to camp. Good beaches nearby.
May 3, 2017 - reviewed by Sally
I Liked It
Easy in and out, nice facility
November 9, 2016 - reviewed by M.Allen
New Campground RV Park
10 powered sites only so far. Otherwise boondock with bush sites and hot shower facilities. Some trails and marina store with fishing pier. Nice state park.