Explore America's Campgrounds
There are many different places in North Carolina where you can go primitive camping and fishing in North Carolina. All of these campsites require you carry your own equipment to the site. The fishing is also good at all of these parks with a wide variety of fish to go after.
Burke County Area
In Burke County if you are looking for a good place to go primitive camping and fishing, South Mountains State Park is the place for you. This park has 20 primitive campsites all have a pit toilet located nearby. You should bring your own supplies to these campsites, however, if you opt to drink water from a nearby stream you should always boil the water or filter it first. There are also 11 family primitive campsites, all of which have water and toilets within 50 yards. Each campsite is either on gravel or paved sites. South Mountain State Park has many areas to fish along the many streams. At these streams you can catch trout and depending on the time of year you will need to release them. Other activities that you can enjoy include horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking. Reservations for this park can be made online or by phone.
Onslow Island Area
Hammocks Beach State Park is located on Bear Island in North Carolina. The park has 17 primitive campsites, 14 of which are family campsites and the other three are group campsites. If you decide to camp here you and your family will need to plan on bringing in your own supplies, and depending on the time of the year you won’t have access to water or facilities located on the Island. Fishing from the Island is abundant offering several variations of catch. The most frequently caught are flounder, blue fish, trout and puppy drum. Other activities that you and your family can enjoy on the Island include boating, canoeing, swimming and kayaking. Reservations for the park can be made online or by phone.
Gates County Area
If you’re looking for a good place to go primitive camping in Gates County, Merchants Millpond State Park may just be the place for you. Merchants Millpond has five primitive campsites which are off of Lassiter Trail. If you’re coming here to camp make sure you pack all water along with all of your own supplies; near these campsites is a pit toilet. If you’re coming here to fish millpond has bluegill, largemouth bass, black crappie and chain pickerel. Other activities that you can enjoy at Merchant Millpond include hiking and canoeing. Reservations can be made online or by phone.
Columbus County Area
If you’re planning on a primitive group camping trip somewhere in Columbus County, North Carolina, you will want to look in to Lake Waccamaw State Park. At this park there are four primitive group camping areas. At these campsites you are provided with picnic tables, pit toilets and fire circles. Any provisions that you may need including water need to be packed and carried by you to the campsite. When it comes to fishing Lake Waccamaw has a large selection to catch. It has 52 different species of fish in the lake. Some of the fish you can possibly catch include bluegill, shellcracker, redbreast sunfish and largemouth bass. Activities enjoyed at this park include hiking and boating. Reservations can be made online or by phone.
Durham County Area
In Durham County, North Carolina, you can camp at Eno River State Park if you want to primitive camp. There are 10 campsites split between two separate locations. At the campsites there are pads for tents, lantern hooks, pit toilets, benches and fire rings. You need to bring your own supplies to these campsites including water. There are also three primitive group campsites available located at separate areas as well. These campsites have the same amenities and require you bring all of your own supplies. If you like to fish Eno River provides you the chance to catch Roanoke bass, bluegill, largemouth bass and redbreast sunfish. Other activities that you and your family can enjoy include hiking and canoeing. Reservations can be made by phone or online.
Timothy Clarke is a freelance writer and teacher from upstate New York. He earned his Bachelor of Science in history from Sage College and his master's degree in school administration from Jones International. He is a NYS certified special education teacher. Clarke has been a writer in the fields of education, health, and grant funding for 10 years.