We tent camped for two nights during the first weekend in June. We enjoyed the experience.
Some good things: The campground is well maintained, as are the bathrooms. There is hot running water in the bathrooms. The showers have curtains and are large enough and arranged so that you can do all of your dressing and undressing in privacy. The showers worked well. The sites are not crowded together. Our site, #52, was a good pick, I feel. On one side there is a path that leads out near the entrance gate, but it is a little walk (not too far though, which is good in case you miss curfew - getting to your tent is very doable). The campsite on the other side is quite a ways away, so this site does not feel like it is crowded in on any side. Additionally, it is convenient to a spigot, trash, and across the street from a path to the bathrooms. This site did not have a tent pad, which was fine by us, since that allowed us to choose where we wanted to put it. The campground is just down the street from CVS and other conveniences (like grocery stores, restaurants, and so on), in case you don't want to rough it entirely. We only ate out once - breakfast on the day we broke camp at a pancake place in town. The drive to Caorlina Beach is about 7 mins. The drive to Kure Beach is closer to 10. We did not go to the Fort because it was too busy there.
Negatives: There was some late night noise. Other reviewers said it was party boats. It might have been. Or not. Who knows? Heading there in summer, be prepared for it to be quite toasty, even at night. I like to be cool when I sleep, so 70s is kind of uncomfortable to me. The downside to being so convenient to shops and such is that you do hear some traffic and the occasional train (I actually like the sound of trains, so this isn't a negative to me). The beaches, like most on the NC coast have quite large waves. Carolina beach got deep quickly and when we were there there were tons of very sharp shells underfoot until past the wave break point. Kure Beach was nicer in terms of underfoot, but the day we went the waves were incredibly strong. We have two little kids, so that was an issue. Parking in the evening on a Friday at an access to Carolina Beach was easy and cost a few bucks. Parking on Saturday morning at Kure Beach access was a bit more challenging. Most lots were full. We did find one and it was free, which was great, but there was no bathroom there. We were lucky - we got one of the last spots.
Overall, I was impressed with the campground - it was very pretty while being so close to the hustle and bustle of Carolina Beach (the town). The bathrooms were good quality for camp/ state park bathrooms. I'd definitely go back, but maybe fall or spring to avoid the heat overnight.
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