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Location and Access

Oyster Point Campground is located in the Croatan National Forest in North Carolina. Situated near the town of Newport, this campground provides access to the estuarine waters of the Newport River. The physical address for Oyster Point is Newport, NC 28570, but as with many natural areas, specific GPS coordinates or a map are recommended to locate the campground accurately.

Facilities and Amenities

At Oyster Point, facilities are relatively basic. Here are the amenities campers can expect:

  • Camping Sites: Oyster Point offers 15 campsites suitable for tent camping accompanied by a parking area.
  • Restrooms: The campground has vault toilets but no shower facilities.
  • Water Access: Drinking water is available, but it's always wise to have a method to purify water just in case.
  • Picnic Tables and Grills: Each site typically has a picnic table and a grill or fire ring.


Visitors to Oyster Point Campground have several activities they can enjoy:

  • Hiking: The Neusiok Trail, part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, runs through the campground, excellent for hiking or backpacking.
  • Fishing: The Newport River area provides opportunities for saltwater fishing.
  • Boating: Canoe and kayaking enthusiasts often take to the water via the boat ramp located nearby.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The Croatan National Forest is a habitat for diverse wildlife, including alligators and black bears.

Reservations and Fees

Oyster Point Campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis, with no reservation system in place. There is a minimal fee per night for camping, so ensure to have cash or a check as card facilities may not be available. Always check the latest fee information before your trip.


The campground is generally open year-round, but certain services may be reduced during offseason months. Weather in North Carolina can be variable, so campers should come prepared for conditions that might include heat and humidity in the summer or cooler temperatures in the winter.


  • Pets: Pets are usually allowed but must be kept on a leash.
  • Fires: Fire regulations can change based on conditions, so always check current restrictions.
  • Quiet Hours: Typically, quiet hours are enforced to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.

Safety and Considerations

  • Wildlife: Since the campground is in a national forest, awareness of local wildlife and proper food storage is essential to avoid attracting animals to campsites.
  • Insects: Mosquitoes can be prevalent, so bring insect repellent.
  • Vegetation: Poisonous plants such as poison ivy may be present. Know how to identify and avoid them.
  • Weather: Be aware of weather conditions and advisories, including thunderstorms or hurricanes.

Local Attractions

Nearby attractions include the historic town of Beaufort, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, and various pristine beaches along the Crystal Coast.

Before heading out to Oyster Point Campground, it's always a good idea to check the latest information from the USDA Forest Service or local resources to ensure you have the most current details regarding closures, conditions, and any alerts that may affect your stay.

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