New overnight accommodations at Carolina Beach and Lake James state parks are already popular enough with visitors to be fully booked for the Memorial Day weekend.
Carolina Beach opened four camping cabins – a new alternative for visits to the coastal beach – and added nine RV-friendly sites with full utilities at its 83-site campground. Lake James opened a 33-site, tent-only campground in the Paddy’s Creek Area, a short hike from the park’s popular swim beach. The new campground complements a 30-site, boat-in camping area opened last year.
The two-room cabins at Carolina Beach are log construction built from kits assembled by Lumina Builders of Wilmington. With double beds and bunk beds, each can sleep up to six campers. They’re outfitted with heating/air conditioning systems, electric outlets, picnic tables and outdoor fire pits. Water is available from outdoor spigots. The cabins rent for $55 per night plus a $3 reservation fee when applicable. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made here.
“For years, folks traveling in RV’s especially, have asked for upgraded campsites to include full water, electric and sewer utilities,” said Park Superintendent Chris Helms, “while the addition of the cabins is just an added bonus for folks that want the camp experience without sleeping on the ground.”
The new tent-only campsites at Lake James offer traditional campsite amenities (picnic table, fire ring, lantern post and food storage locker) and surround a washhouse. Two sites are ADA accessible. The park staff is building connector trails to link the campground to the swim beach and the hiking and mountain biking trail systems.
Reservations well in advance for the new campsites are strongly recommended and can be made here. The park will eventually offer a separate campground for trailer and RV-friendly sites as well as group camps as part of its master plan. The $2 million campground project was supported by the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. Designer was Bulla Smith Design Engineering of Charlotte, and primary contractor was MBI Builders, LLC of North Wilkesboro.