Convenient sites for your recreational vehicle (RV) offer full utility hook ups, hard pads, cable TV, and bath house with washer and dryer. There are centrally located picnic tables and grills available. Public beach access located on both northern and southern ends of the recreation area.
Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area
Type of site
$10 - $12
$30 - $110
$217 - $665
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Aug 19 - Sep 1, 2016
June 28 - Jul 1, 2016
14-18 April 2016
24 March 2016
3 Jan through 8 Jan 2016
We came here from Myrtle Beach and the ferry was amazing! I highly recommend the ferry if your coming from the south. Be advised the instructions to get to RV park are incorrect here. There is no sign that says where the "reception center" is, once you enter the base there is a sign that says "tent camping go right" and "recreation center left" I went to to recreation center thinking that was the office, HUGE MISTAKE!! The road is very narrow and comes to a dead end at a dumpster, there's no place to turn around so we had to disconnect our car which was a huge hassle in a tight space. What you need to do is turn RIGHT going toward "tent camping" the reception center is on the right side and you need to park in the large parking area to check in, then after check in you go back out and RV park is near the mobile homes near the entrance. RV park is kinda small but sites are large, only back ins. The reception center has a very nice souvenir store with a Starbucks coffee too. I think the $25/night with no weekly rate is kinda high though.
We enjoyed our stay at Ft Fisher in early January, 2015 The sites are large and full service, although several are backwards (ie electric, water,/sewer, and/cable on wrong side), and pads are narrow. This can be overcome by pulling straight in, unhook, and pull TV through grass to back of RV. Base facilities are closed in winter, and that was ok with us. Wi-Fi is…ify. Cable required a converter (provided by MWR office) but worked fine. When we arrived it was one rig there, and we called the MWR office and they stated that we needed reservations… ok, but it is in the middle of the winter and one other camper is there. The washrooms/showers were excellent; water pressure and/hot water great. Staff was helpful in recommending restaurants (we recommend Jack Mackerel and drinks at Bud and Joes afterward). Located a few miles from Ft. Fisher and the Aquarium; excellent for bike riding and jogging and beach time during summer. The base is building new recreation villas that are looking great. We were heading south and took the Ft Fisher ferry to South Port, which was very enjoyable. DON’T PASS UP!
20 July 2014
Ft Fisher is an open base w/many camping spots. We had a large shady back-in site. Hookups were close & convenient but saw others were not always standard set up. Some sites required pull in w/water & electric on one side & sewage on other. Confusing & some moved unit around for most convenient layout. Amenities were amazing: had very nice swimming pool w/chairs, lounges & a few umbrellas for shade, activities center w/multiple items to rent, I.e. Bicycles, beach equipment, etc. There was a pier well used for fishing. Registration center had a mini-store of some food items, snacks, beach equipment & clothing. Received mail here & no problem since this was my first experience using a mail service. Ladies at the desk were very sweet. There is a war museum on the base. Base is located across the street from the ocean beach. Had easy parking w/in the base & walkway onto the beach w/cart. Weather was perfect most days & ocean was refreshing in the blistering heat. Disappointed in the access to the ocean since the entry to water had about a 12" ledge to step down (was a surprise unless warned). Ocean bottom was stoney & sharp shells, hard on the feet. Sand bar allowed one to go way out. Base had a restaurant & lounge overlooking the bay w/a deck. Great sunsets from this vantage point. Stayed 2 weeks & hated to leave.
June 21-28, 2014
Stayed in the cottages these sorry I know they are building new but these should have been torn down years ago buildings are falling apart. We stayed for a week four cameras and nobody had the heart to photograph our sad green house. There are tons of programs on the base at very reasonable prices and the staff was friendly. The cottage next door had a dumpster in the front yard pretty ripe between dumping's. The place seamed like it would be great for rv campers may go back when the new cottages are complete but think I will chalk this up as a done that.
What a great location and operation!! The staff at the Rec Center were terrific. We had three of our granddaughters with us. The Rec Center staff went out of their way to accommodate. The kids did ice cream making classes and how to fish for blue shell crabs. They got to eat both the crabs and the ice cream. As most of the reviews indicate - LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION. We took the ferry over to Southport for lunch and ate at The Cape Fear Rest. Food was okay but trip over was great. If you are here on Friday night, go listen to the live music at the Beach Bar and Grill. GO EARLY or you will not get a seat. ONLY CON - bath house was AWFUL. Worn out and desperately in need of repair. What could be considered a con but isn't - the reconstruction going on adjacent to the RV park. Simply not an issue. Go and enjoy.
April 24, 2014
Here is the GOOD. Location is ideal to the beach. Two or Three minute drive. Kure Beach is lovely and quiet. Picture perfect for those seeking peace and tranquility. Camping locations are descent however little shade. You can rent golf carts for $20.00 a 24hour period. Inside the rental building is tiny gift shop. If you are using a Tent there appeared to be plenty of shade for those folks. There is also a pool AND a beautiful dock area reaching out into the Cape River. Views from the dock at sunset are very nice. The not so good. Ladies Bath House very small and not clean. We rented a mobile home as our friends used their travel trailers. So we had a mix of tent users, travel trailer users and mobile home renters. Our mobile home good points AC- I must say worked GREAT. A full size12 cup coffee pot was a must and well used every morning. Bring your own coffee filters. They had very old and over used pans (we brought our own frying pans) ample coffee cups and 8 plates were in the home. There is also a small grill to use. There is for guests use inside the mobile home a washer and dryer. Yes it was loud but I was thankful to have it, so I did not pay any attention to the noise. Bring your own folding chairs if you plan on sitting outside unless you don't mind sitting on the deck. The decks are in need of repair and we did get splinters. Inside: The carpets are awful and in serious need of being removed. Black stains, stains from bleaching to remove some stains. As the first thing you see when you walk in left me wondering how dirty everything will be. The sofa and love seat appeared to be as dirty as the carpet. Large bathroom area off the Master bedroom but the tube/shower combo was very small. Queen size bed was ok. Dressers had broken handles which is unnecessary if housekeeping is inspecting each unit. Second Bathroom down the hallway off of the two other bedrooms. Double beds in them. These units have 1980 mini blinds that are broken and do not keep sun out so you may want to bring eye masks unless you want to be wide awake at sunrise. We carry them with us for every trip we take. The cost of the mobile home does not match the product. If we would have paid $60.00 per night in spring I would have been semi ok with it. The unit was just too dirty and the quality of furnishings were awful. Sorry I would have much rather reported clean sleeping facilities but I can not. The location saved the day and the company we visited with. Fort Fisher Recreation /Beach is a diamond but demolish the mobile homes OR fix them up. Great for RV, tent and Travel Trailers.
July 15, 2013
We stayed at site 21 which is in overflow area. This is the first overflow area that seems better then the normal open sites. We had 50 amp, water and sewer. We could see the water and the pier from our RV and close to beach for a nice stroll. Nice shade tree that gave us adequate shading to keep us out of the sun and we were even able to get satellite. We're only staying for two day's heading towards Florida after this. I could of stayed longer but have places to see.
June 24 to July 2, 2013
This is our go to place. Never been disappointed. They are slowly making improvements but it is a really great place to be. Our grandkids love the rec center , their programs are great and something for everyone. They could use some improvements in the bath and shower houses. We will return we have a favorite spot that we try to get each time. Take some ant spray with you. The deer will pay you a visit every night and there is a herd of stray cats that are taken care of and so don't feel sorry for them they are healthy and fed.
June 7 - June 14, 2013
This is the third year in a row I've taken my grandkids to Fort Fisher when they get out of school and they love the place! We go for a week and they are never bored here with so much to do. I stayed in an RV site and my son rented a cottage for the week. The location of this facility is perfect. It sits between the ocean on one side and the Cape Fear River on the other. There is a row of privately owned beach houses on the ocean side, but there is public access between the houses at both the north and south ends of Fort Fisher. There is a pool on site with lifeguards on duty. It sits next to a fully stocked recreation center where you can rent canoes, kayaks, beach equipment, and has games, big screen tv, computers for your use, and a library among other things. They run daily programs for the kids, some free, some with a minimum cost. My grandkids attended the 3 hour Adventure Camp on Wednesday mornings and had a ball...even the teenaged ones!!! LOL Fort Fisher also has an on-site restaurant during the summer season, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Nothing fancy....just good solid food. There are also free concerts on Friday nights for everyone...even civilians! The town of Carolina Beach, just up the road, has free outdoor movies on Sunday nights in a park right along the main road. There is also a carnival area and outdoor community area at the boardwalk. The carnival has rides for the kids and adults. It's a little pricey if you buy coupons for the rides, but on Wednesday night you can purchase "buddy passes" that will give the kids wristbands to ride all night ($35 for 2.) The community area also has free concerts, bingo, and other activities daily. So if you want to take your kids to the beach during the summer and don't want to go broke doing it, I heartily recommend Fort Fisher to you!
10-12 May 2013
We called on a whim to see if they had any space over this weekend. The did have overflow available. We loved it in overflow. It was quiet and we were very close to the beach at the camping area. My only disappointment is that they don't have a "legal" dog accessible beach area. We had a great time there and I'm sure we will be back in the future since it is fairly close (less than 3 hour drive) from where we live.
1995, 2006, 2009, 2011
I've used all the facilities of this campground over the years and have nothing but high praise for them. The cottages have always been neat and clean with comfortable "BIG" beds. The RV sites are clean, spacious and near the bathhouse. The tent sites (neat and well maintained) are near the beach, bathhouse, snack bar (open summer season only) and boat ramp. The staff has gone out of the way to make my stays worry free. Late arrival - no problem - info packet is placed where you can easily find it. Once they had no room in the RV Sites and they allowed us to set up the RV by the Entertainment Stage after the music was over. Now that's service. If you're a history buff then Fort Fisher and the museum is just down the road; into aquatic life - ditto the Maritime Museum. And the USS NORTH CAROLINA is just up the road in Wilmington. And there are plenty of quality food establishments in the area. Highly recommend Granny's for breakfast.
Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2012
This small campground would be the place to be during the summer beach season (if you can get a reservation). A short 300 yard walk to the beach with easy access provided by two walkways across the dunes. Showers are located at the edge of the base to rinse off the sand and salt before returning to your RV. The campground appears to be a mobile home park that has been converted to a campground which also has several modular homes that serve as beach cottages. The sites are not close together and each has a concrete pad and driveway. The water and electric utilities are on the wrong side but this can be overcome by running your hose and power cord under your RV. In some sites the sewer connection is also on the wrong side. If you have a motorhome, you could drive in (not back in) and eliminate these problems. There is a bathhouse and laundry. The showers are located in individual rooms with sink and toilet, providing maximum privacy. The $25 daily rate would be appropriate for the summer season but, in my opinion, is too high for other parts of the year. Fort Fisher is located near the end of the highway and, except for the typical beach shops and restaurants, there isn’t much down here. The aquarium and Fort Fisher are nearby. The nearest Wal-Mart is 12 miles back toward Wilmington. Visit Jack Mackerel’s restaurant for some great seafood. During our visit, they were offering 40% off on Wednesdays, a real bargain.
May 31 thru June 8, 2012
A.C. left this review using the Directory software: - Campground is currently undergoing installation of new water pipes and the sites are hard to access at times to say nothing of the mess. Additionally the bathouse is being redone and as a consequence only one shower/toilet facilities are available for the entire campground. The laundry facilities are also undergoing refurbishment so no washers or dryers are non existent at this time. We have managed but it would be nice if we were told this before we made the reservations here. Also the rates are not as advertised on the website (Fort Fishers or the Campground Directory). They should update the info. Not sure when the construction work will be done.