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We could not have Christmas with our kids, so we went camping. Where? To our new favorite campground, of course!
Back to CP. We were in site 11 on this trip and we reserved it because it is close to the bath house.
The campground has only had about 12-15 campers in it this week. We love the quietness and the wind in the trees. It turned off really cold….I MEAN REALLY COLD, so I have spent a LOT of time inside the camper.
Here are some of our favorite things from this trip:
Clam Chowder (yes, buy the BIG ONE) from Swansboro Food & Beverage in Swansboro
Lazzara’s Pizza on Emerald Isle has some AMAZING thin crust pizza (save yourself and don’t settle for Michangelo’s pizza…. not even close to the deliciousness of Lazzara’s)
I did a silent video that show several sites and how big and well kept they are. I showed the end of the nice bath house and captured a few scattered campers and a brave tent camper……brrrrrrr too cold.
We came back for Thanksgiving week and had a blast! We were in site 1 and it was awesome! It is bigger than site 17 and you only have a neighbor on one side.
We rode bikes on the marsh trail which is just down the road the campground is on and watched kayakers and fishermen launch from the pier.
All the items I touched on in my October review are still true. Bath house clean, grounds well kept and host friendly.
If you have the chance while in season and while camping….call Bekah Bay Oyster Company and order some of her farm raised oysters….so clean and such a sweet taste. We opened ours on the half shell and grilled them in the shell with butter and Bull Hot Sauce.
We camped here in October 2020 and stayed in site 17. It is a great site with lots of room between you and the next camper.
The bath facility is in a very nice building, is heated and has individual locking shower rooms so you have total privacy and security. The roads are paved and the paved pads accommodate up to a 70 ft camper/vehicle. Each site has a smooth, flat, gravel area equipped with 2 lantern poles, one large picnic table, and a fire ring with swing away cooking grate. Beyond the gravel areas are flat level areas of grass. The campsites are shaded by large, tall pines and other assorted trees.
The bath facility was very clean and well kept. The host was very friendly and helpful. The grounds throughout the park are extremely well kept.
Upon arrival, you check in with the host, drive to water fill area and fill up your fresh water tank. There are additional water fill faucets throughout the park. Your site is equipped for both 30 or 50 amp campers.
We really like this little campground and plan to come back again soon.
This site is conveniently close to many beach attractions. To compare it to the local RV sites it so great in the aspect you are not on top of each other. The site itself for it being on “national park/forest land,” is “ok.” But in comparison to other national parks or federal land, it is barely a 3 star. It struggle in cleanliness and upkeep. The facilities are at best an “ehhh it’s food enough.” There are nice people here though that are making an honest effort, and who can argue with this places excellent location?
We really enjoyed our night at Oyster Point. The host was friendly and helped me find another campsite when my was taken by an unregistered guest. We were able to launch kayaks almost directly from campsite #11. Tent pads are big enough for 1 large tent or 2 small tents. The campground is small so fairly quiet.
Metal Fire Ring/Grill
Lots of lantern hooks
Port a Johns were very clean
The bugs are bad in June and bug spray didn't really help.
The sites aren't in order by number.
The gravel road had a lot of ruts in it so getting my trailer with kayaks in and out was a lot of trouble.
Port a johns were noticeably tilted down hill
We stayed at site 14, which is on the other side of the island and is only accessible on a boat. We kayaked from the park office and boat launch. The route was difficult for me, the tide was coming in plus a strong wind, it took us about an hour to get to the island. The site itself was perfect, much better than the rest as much as we could see as we looked around. It's located in the woods with a nice shady clearing, its own very private little beach. We kayaked to the beach and walked around to see the ferry dock.
Make sure you know the tide schedule. The water levels are changing pretty dramatically during the day.
We also experienced a lot of mosquitoes during the night on the island, but it probably depends on the weather.
The fires are not allowed on the island, which requires some thoughts around cooking and reheating food.
Overall I would say it was a very unique experience.