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Camping at Flanners Beach Campground

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Flanners Beach Campground Overview

Flanners Beach Campground is nestled within the Croatan National Forest in North Carolina. This natural area offers diverse ecosystems ranging from saltwater estuaries to pocosin and swamp forests. It's an excellent spot for camping, with campsites that accommodate both tent campers and RV enthusiasts.


Flanners Beach Campground
Croatan National Forest
New Bern, NC 28560
United States

Camping Facilities and Amenities

  • Campsites: Flanners Beach features numerous campsites that cater to different camping experiences, including sites suitable for tents, campers, and RVs.

  • Hookups: Electrical hookups may be available at selected sites, but it's essential to check current offerings as these can vary with campground improvements or policy changes.

  • Amenities: Common facilities include picnic tables, fire rings, and grills. There are usually restrooms and showers available for campers.

  • Access: Some sites are designed to be accessible to those with disabilities.

Recreational Activities

  • Hiking and Biking: The campground provides access to several trails, including the 21-mile long Neusiok Trail, which traverses various types of terrain.

  • Fishing and Boating: The proximity to the Neuse River offers opportunities for fishing and boating. Kayaking and canoeing are also popular activities.

  • Swimming: Depending on the location and the condition of the water, swimming may be an option, but it’s vital to check if it's safe and permitted.

  • Wildlife Watching: The Croatan National Forest is rich in biodiversity, providing excellent opportunities for bird watching and wildlife sightings.

Booking and Reservations

  • Reservations: Reservations for camping at Flanners Beach can typically be made through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) or similar booking platforms.

  • Fees: Expect to pay a nightly fee for camping, which will vary depending on the type of site you reserve.

  • Season: The campground might operate seasonally, so it's critical to check the open seasons when planning your trip.

Rules and Regulations

  • Stay Limit: There is usually a maximum stay limit to ensure availability for all visitors. This can be around 14 days, but always verify the current rules.

  • Pets: Pets are often allowed but need to be kept on a leash and under control at all times.

  • Fires: Fire regulations can be stringent, especially during dry periods. Always follow the campground’s fire guidelines and restrictions.

  • Wildlife: Feeding wildlife is typically prohibited to avoid habituation and protect both animals and visitors.

  • Leave No Trace: As with all natural areas, following Leave No Trace principles is expected to minimize the environmental impact.

Safety Tips

  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions by bringing appropriate gear and clothing.

  • Wildlife: Store food properly to avoid attracting wildlife to your campsite, and know what to do in case you encounter potentially dangerous animals.

  • Water: Bring plenty of drinking water, or have a means to purify water if the campground doesn’t provide potable water.

  • First Aid: Bring a well-stocked first aid kit and know the location of the nearest hospital or urgent care facility.


As always when visiting a national forest campground, it's crucial to check the latest information from the U.S. Forest Service or the campground's official website for the most up-to-date details on Flanners Beach Campground. This will ensure you have the most accurate information regarding available amenities, any changes in policies, fees, and area-specific advisories. Enjoy your camping experience and remember to respect the natural surroundings for future visitors!

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