Camping in the Carolinas
November 23, 2005 5:21 PM   Subscribe

I want to go camping somewhere on the coast of North or South Carolina over New Year's.

I'd really like it to be right on the beach and relatively devoid of people (though that shouldn't be a problem in the dead of winter), if that's possible. I've been to Hammock's state park/Bear Island in NC, but there's numerous problems with that... it's a pain in the ass to get to because the ferry only runs in the summer, they winterize the water facilities, campfires are prohibited (I'd really like a place that allows them), etc. The warmer it's likely to be the better, but I don't expect anywhere along the coast will be particularly balmy.
posted by borkingchikapa to Travel & Transportation around Carolina, Kiribati (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Anywhere on the outer banks is going to be wonderful. I personally like this time of year for the same reasons you indicate, the lack of people being most important.

Several places are very lenient about camping and fires. We usually build a big bonfire pit outside on the beach each year - it's never been a problem. Frisco is a particularly nice area with some good local restaurants. Ocracoke Island has a fantastic restaurant and bar called Howard's Pub. The island is especially uncrowded due to its being only accessible by ferry. I'm fairly sure they run all year, but do check.

I can't do much for you in terms of warmth, though. I doubt any place will fit that part of your plan.
posted by odinsdream at 5:27 PM on November 23, 2005


I suggest Hunting Island state park near Beaufort, SC. It's cold, but you'll be right on the beach, and a drive into town isn't too bad.
posted by bryanzera at 6:07 PM on November 23, 2005


Strongly second Hunting Island; here's a old post with a link for more info. Of course, it won't be summery, but it's as far south as you can get in the Carolinas, so you just might have some beautiful mild weather.
posted by rob511 at 6:20 PM on November 23, 2005


Edisto Island, SC has a nice state park. Myrtle Beach has some options as well, but I think that area's gaudy commercialism runs year round.
posted by phrits at 5:50 AM on November 25, 2005


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