For those looking to get to up close and personal with nature during their visit to Topsail Island, camping is the ideal route to take. Whether you’re packing up the camping trailer for a week at the beach or are simply backpacking through, the small sliver of island has a variety of campgrounds to choose from.
Camping these days doesn’t necessarily mean roughing it. Nobody says you have to go without the perks if you decide to spend your vacation in a tent. Hot showers can still be expected, so can pools, fishing spots, boat ramps, playgrounds for the kiddies and free Internet access – beautiful sunsets are provided daily at no additional charge.
At family-friendly Lanier’s Campground (1161 Spot Lane, Surf City) guests can have it all and still feel like you’re getting back to nature. Amenities for this soundside location include a bathhouse, fishing pier and cleaning station, arcade, sandwich grill, beach bingo, playground, interdenominational church services and other organized activities, horseshoes, pool and a store with basic staples. RV, camper and tent sites are available for daily, weekly or monthly rates. Daily rates for tent camping, or stay for six and get the seventh night free by taking advantage of the weekly rate.
Small, quiet and friendly, Surf City Family Campground (2460 Island Drive, Surf City, 910-328-4281) provides a little more privacy that some of the larger parks, but packs great views of the ocean. A small onsite store carries the basics and a small game room can help entertain the children on cloudy days. The pet-friendly site also features a bathhouse for those who are eager to walk down on the beach.
No matter how you like to camp, it’s easy to find your place at the Virginia Creek Campground (440 Crooked Creek Trail, Hampstead). Located on waterfront land that has been in the same family for more than 200 years, the site has spots for just about every type of camper, from the RV enthusiast to the backpacker. Close to restaurants and shopping, and just a hop, skip and jump from the beach, this pet-friendly campground offers laundry facilities, hot showers and a nearby boat ramp.
Also in Surf City, Blackbeard’s Treasure Campground (610 Roland Ave., 910-328-1206) offers full hook-up RV sites, tent sites and pop-up trailers with daily, weekly and monthly rates available. Close to shopping and restaurants, this park overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway features boat storage, a dump station, bath facilities and picnic tables.
Whether you’re coming for a long weekend, or you’re here for the summer, camping on the Treasure Coast can be the perfect way to commune with nature and get to know the community.