After leaving the Outer Banks, and on our way to a South Carolina state park, we decided to stop near Wilmington, NC to check out the USS NC battleship and the beaches of southern North Carolina. Since it was kind of a last minute decision, I had to find a cheap place near the beaches to camp for one night. We weren't actually going to stay the night in Wilmington, so decided to find a small town nearby - and remember, this is small town North Carolina, so not much in the ways of Walmart parking lots or such to just park the RV over night - so I found Oak Island Campground.
I want to preface this review by saying that I'm a very low maintenance kind of girl, and my boys don't really need fancy either. William is happy wherever we are and Greg is cool as long as we have running water (we have a generator, so electrical is not a necessity). I'm pretty much the same - water and electricity, and I'm good to go! So if you need a fancy campsite, or something that looks natural and rustic, Oak Island Campground is not your place! This is a very small campground (literally one horseshoe loop), and most of the people in it seem to be permanent. So it kind of has a trailer park feel - and if you can't handle that, then Oak Island Campground is not the place for you.
However, we had water, electrical and sewage dump for a great price, and ended up staying two nights on the campground. The manager at the office was a sweet old man that had a ton of information and was very helpful. I even left my driver's license in the office after checking in, and he made every effort to get it back to me (even though we were already out exploring when I realized what I'd done)! And it shouldn't be a surprise that this small campground doesn't take credit or debit cards - so come with cash or be prepared to write a check (thankful I had my checkbook on me).
Our camp site was closer to the road, so it kind of sucked hearing the cars go by at night or in the early morning, but we weren't there to hang out in the RV all day, so this wasn't much of a negative for us. They do have some sites further from the road if this is an issue. And while it isn't "pretty" being right next to the road, it is convenient! The Oak Island Campground is in a convenient location with the beaches just a mile or two down the road, a light house a few more miles away and Wilmington only 25 miles away. So if you're cool with a small trailer park with friendly staff and a convenient location, Oak Island Campground is a cheap and easy stop.
I am a mother and stepmother, fierce slayer of mental illness, writer and traveler. I love the constant change of the road, and the experiences it brings our family. We have learned so much being full-time RVers, and love the freedom this lifestyle gives us.