Going to the East Coast!

Natureangel

Everythings better outdoors...
Feb 28, 2016
1,139
Illinois
Trying to plan for a trip on the east coast. So far I have reservations at First Landing, Carolina beach and Skidaway.
I’m coming in from near Chicago and am planning to stop overnight somewhere before I reach First Landing. On the return I plan on a stop at GSMNP for a few days.
The coast will be totally new for me and I would appreciate any tips, must see etc.
I will be bringing a bike and kayak with me. I find kayaking around crocodiles and alligators a bit daunting.
Any information will be greatly appreciated!
 

jmkay1

2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah
Oct 10, 2013
7,989
Northern Virginia
Bring a broom! Sand gets everywhere. Watch the wind if your close to the water. Stake the awning down but buy the good stakes hopefully Your sites have some solid ground. If your camping in the summer hopefully you have tree cover. Accross the tunnel near First Landing is a state park called Kiptopeke State Park and there are some old ships that have been sunk to create a barrier from storms there. A lot of people love to kayak over to those ships. The tunnel is expensive though. Honestly I’m more of a mountain person so really haven’t ventured around the actual coast. The GSMNP however is my favorite place to go. Just be sure to fill your gas tank before going on those mountains especially if your towing.
 

Natureangel

Everythings better outdoors...
Feb 28, 2016
1,139
Illinois
Bring a broom! Sand gets everywhere. Watch the wind if your close to the water. Stake the awning down but buy the good stakes hopefully Your sites have some solid ground. If your camping in the summer hopefully you have tree cover. Accross the tunnel near First Landing is a state park called Kiptopeke State Park and there are some old ships that have been sunk to create a barrier from storms there. A lot of people love to kayak over to those ships. The tunnel is expensive though. Honestly I’m more of a mountain person so really haven’t ventured around the actual coast. The GSMNP however is my favorite place to go. Just be sure to fill your gas tank before going on those mountains especially if your towing.
I’m a mountain girl myself! I’ve done the Smokies countless times. I’m a newbie to the coast.
 

Doug Fisher

Member
Aug 19, 2015
17
Trying to plan for a trip on the east coast. So far I have reservations at First Landing, Carolina beach and Skidaway.
I’m coming in from near Chicago and am planning to stop overnight somewhere before I reach First Landing. On the return I plan on a stop at GSMNP for a few days.
The coast will be totally new for me and I would appreciate any tips, must see etc.
I will be bringing a bike and kayak with me. I find kayaking around crocodiles and alligators a bit daunting.
Any information will be greatly appreciated!
First Landing: Awesome campground and beach but be aware you are near an army base. Bugle in the morning and low flying helicopters.
 

janb

New Member
Oct 1, 2022
6
North Carolina
Trying to plan for a trip on the east coast. So far I have reservations at First Landing, Carolina beach and Skidaway.
I’m coming in from near Chicago and am planning to stop overnight somewhere before I reach First Landing. On the return I plan on a stop at GSMNP for a few days.
The coast will be totally new for me and I would appreciate any tips, must see etc.
I will be bringing a bike and kayak with me. I find kayaking around crocodiles and alligators a bit daunting.
Any information will be greatly appreciated!
Yes, North Carolina coast has it's share of alligators. I would contact the ranger's office at CB State Park and ask them about the alligators in the river there. On rare occasions they're spotted in the ocean. If you're staying at the state park, the gate is locked around 8pm every night. Take a good lock for your bike. They tend to walk off if not secured. Several good restaurants in the area. You must go to Britt's Doughnuts in CB. Some of the best on the east coast. Other things include Fort Fisher has a decent aquarium, a couple of fishing piers on the island, nice area for walking on a rock jetty at Fort Fisher, can take the ferry from Ft Fisher to Southport, Duplin Vineyard's is off of 40 (muscadine grapes), another vineyard is off of 17 heading towards North Myrtle Beach. There's 3-4 grocery stores on the island and almost double that for gas stations.
 

no Fries

Member
Mar 25, 2013
63
Fort Mill
I've been to Wrightsville beach, which is close to Carolina beach, it is one of the nicer beaches I've been to, GSMP is a great place also, I'd prefer off season for all of them. I'm not one for commercialism and sitting in traffic for an hour plus to go 10 miles.
 




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