Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area

 
4.0 (91)
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Location

Installation
Seymour Johnson AFB, Kure Beach, NC
GPS Coordinates
33.981303, -77.914415

Directions

Directions
Depending on where you are coming from is the key factor for traveling to Ft. Fisher. The initial goal is to reach Wilmington, NC by the route that suites your needs the best. Primary routes for getting to Wilmington NC are I-40 East ans US17 North or South. There are ample signs in Wilmington for Ft. Fisher and are easy to follow. They actually refer to the Fort Fisher State Park but the Ft. Fisher AF Recreation area is on the same route and about 2 miles up from the State Park. The route through Wilmington is straight through to Carolina Beach, then Kure Beach. Ft. Fisher is in the Kure Beach Community. Once inside Ft. Fisher continue straight in past the flag pole, around a slight curve and then you will see a directional sign pointing the way to the Reception Center. When approaching the recreation area on Rt 421 South/Fort Fisher Blvd South you will see the sign for "Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area" and turn right onto Riverfront Drive and follow the directions above to the reception center. If you are coming from Myrtle Beach, SC you can take the ferry from Southport, SC. to Ft Fisher, NC.

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Map of Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area

Contact Information

Phone Number
(910) 500-6465
Mailing Address
Fort Fisher Outdoor Recreation Area, 118 Riverfront Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449-5000
Email Address
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Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Retired Military, 0-100% DAV, Purple Heart Recipients, Former POW, Veteran Caregivers, DoD Civilians, and Guests. Read this Article on Authorized Users
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Reservations are accepted. 180 days in advance for SJAFB employees, 150 days n advance for other active duty, and 120 days on advance for all others.
Internet Access
WiFi available.
Mail Forwarding
Must use local USPS General Delivery.
Pet Information
Allowed with usual leash and clean-up rules. Pets are not allowed to be walked on the beach.
Campground Information
Sponsors must stay in campground with their guests for entire stay. Rates based on type of lodging and season. Some sites have 50A, but not all. Secondary sites vary in type of hook-up.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Beach
  • Fishing
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Swimming
  • Marina

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Sites
25
W/30,50A/S/CATV
$30
N/A
N/A
Overflow
9
20A or 30,50A
$20
N/A
N/A
Tent
50+
None
$10
N/A
N/A
Cottages/Lodge
40
Full
$40 - $285
N/A
N/A

Other Information

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Weather Information

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.

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User reviews

91 reviews
 
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Overall rating
 
4.0
Location
 
4.6(91)
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
3.8(91)
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.4(91)
Value
 
4.0(91)
Overall Experience
 
4.1(91)
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July 23rd. 2021
Overall rating
 
4.7
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
This is a great location. Yes, the water, electric, and sewer hook up is old and worn, but the price you pay here is pennies compared to a hotel room. Grab your shower shoes, shampoo, and a towel, and go take shower in the bath house. Walk across the street to the beach. Very friendly staff and Very friendly campers. We camp here in our 30 foot long travel trailer about two times a month with full hook ups. No complaints from us !!
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Mar & June, 2021
Overall rating
 
2.2
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
1.0
Value
 
1.0
Overall Experience
 
2.0
Fort fisher is a very run down facility. The bath house is got leaking fixtures and staps are very steep. Doors hard to open. The two visits this year the grass was knee high. Take extra hoses and cords. Even the new spots are not Rv friendly. The water hookups leak and I saw a worker just put a bucket over the hook up so it would not spray on the camper made nice wet spot on ground. Fire ants are all around campground. If you complain, the worker will sprinkle an ant killer out and next a big mound 5 feet away. Tried to tell a manager name Brain they he could get an extermator and they would guarantee it for a year. He got really rude and said he runs the place not me. Now the wifi is terrible it will not load and just dump you and you have to sign in again. Very very slow. The cable TV is bad too. It buffers a lot never seen so bad of a cable service. go to office , it as if they don't care, it's just a job. It nothing to watch the workers just ride around on lawn movers and golf carts stopping and talking to each other. This was a great place 5 years ago. One worker told me that he was looking hard for new job because of the lack of supervision. This year the price almost doubled, it would be fine if it was a class A site but nothing works as they say it does so why jack up the price. I've stayed at alot of military campgrounds and this is by far the worst for the price. Location is great and could be a great vacation site with so work.
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May 20-28, 2021
Overall rating
 
5.0
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
5.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
We enjoyed our stay here in two different RV sites and found this place one of the better Air Force managed facilities. Our first 3 nights were in a site with water and 30/50 amp electric away from the main RV campground. We actually liked this site a lot as it was quite private and we had a view of the water. The next 5 nights were in the main RV campground with full hookups. The main campground sites have really long concrete pads and about half have the utilities on the wrong side. You can either run your utilities under your RV or pull into the site and, if have a towable, unhook, and drive out of the site if there is room. We found it very quiet here on the weekdays and quite busy on the weekend. Maintenance wise the laundry/bathroom building is in need of some exterior TLC like paint. Lastly, we enjoyed visiting the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher (go right out of rec area on Fort Fisher Blvd about 2 miles), ferry to Southport (on right down a ways after the aquarium), Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, and NHC Arboretum in Wilmington. For bike riders there is a bike lane on each side of Fort Fisher Blvd and it is a nice ride to the aquarium, ferry and all the way to the end of the road at Battery Buchanan.
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March 2021
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
Had a great two night stay at the 3-bedroom cottage at Fort Fisher and the price could not be beat. The cottage had all the basic amenities you would need, except there was no wi-fi access at the time of our stay (they are still trying to get a contract in place to provide wi-fi). The beds were comfortable and the ability in the cottage to do laundry at our leisure using the provided washer/dryer and obtain water/ice through the refrigerator filtration system was a plus. Access to the beach was easy (across the highway and over a catwalk) and the pier overlooking Cape Fear River was very nice. Seemed as though the RV park was well spread out and large enough for motorhomes and other large recreational vehicles. Since we stayed during the area's "off-season", most of the local restaurants in the nearby town of Carolina Beach weren't very busy and provided great service and great food. Combining that fact, plus the virus concerns (only one of the restaurants we tried had just takeout or delivery only), the people at the businesses we patronized were friendly and happy to see visitors. Overall, we really had a great time and would definitely go again.
Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area
Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area
Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area
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Oct. 1, 2020
Overall rating
 
4.2
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
5.0
Value
 
3.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0
We stayed for 14 days, area is beautiful with awesome views and great fishing. The RV full hookup side has no WIFI. It has been down for a while now, However, the overflow area does have WIFI and it's $10 cheaper because you only get 15amp electric. Overall we will be back. They need to update the booking system to online booking.
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3 October 2020
Overall rating
 
4.0
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
1.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
Just stayed 3 days, area extremely clean and well kept. The wifi is down and maybe few weeks before up. We had grand kids with us but had great cell phone hot spot coverage on Verizon for school work. Very quite and personnel also nice and helpful.
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2019
Overall rating
 
5.0
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
5.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
We stayed here last year. It’s great people are kind and put you first. The facilities are well taken care of. My wife keeps telling me to stop telling people about it because she wants to go every year. It is the best kept secret the Air Force has.
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June 2018
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
Let's put it this way. We visited in 2018, when my son was 16. He's now 18 and still talks about the great time we had at Fort Fisher. You have an 18 year old, getting ready to go to college, and the one place he wants to revisit is Fort Fisher. The location is amazing. The beach right across the road had low crowds, great waves and a very chill vibe. The trip into Carolina beach for dinner was short with tons of options available. The trip down the road to historic Fort Fisher State Park was a nice quiet walk around a historic Civil War fort. All in all, the location had everything we needed. The cleanliness was spot-on. The buildings were well maintained and easy to keep clean. Although some of the facilities had some age on them, the whole place was very family friendly and reminiscent of my early years in the military. The ONLY knock we had was the wifi/cell reception in the cabins. The hurricane construction made wifi VERY spotty and cell reception non-existent. While I don't spend much time on a device while in a place like Fort Fisher, two of us had online course work that we were keeping up with and this problem made things difficult. Overall experience: Amazing visit, great location, great people...Fort Fisher will always be on our "visit again" list.
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22 May - 29 May 2020
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
Wonderful place. New cottages and up dated RV park over the years I have been coming here. Excellent staff. Never had any issues staying here since 2011. But...With all the updates, the Wi-Fi is terrible. This is 2020...Time to fix this one bad issue.
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3-5 Jan 2020
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
We had a great time here and the staff was amazing. They were full so we had to stay in the overflow area (electric only). This actually worked to our advantage because we had nobody around us and we had an awesome view of the Cape Fear River out of our front windshield. They are still rebuilding from hurricane damage a few years ago but they are almost back to 100%. They have new kennels that just arrived and looked great for those needed to board their dogs during their stay. Check in is temporarily located by the swimming pool and it is pretty tight if you are trying to get back there in anything other than a regular vehicle or small Class B or C. They recommend pulling over wherever you can find a place in the park, unhook and then drive to check in. If you already have your site assignment just go there first and then go check in. They are hoping to be back in the regular reception building by this Spring. We highly recommend this famcamp. Make your reservations early if you want to visit between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Ft Fisher Air Force Recreation Area
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2-5 Aug 2019
Overall rating
 
3.7
Location
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
3.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0
Very nice location, concrete pads with full hookups, some sites are confusing with hook ups on different sites of site. Close to beach and local restaurants. They need to move the check in location, when you pull up to check in there is no place to turn around. Had to back up over 50 yards to get out. Took the Southport ferry over (35 minutes) with my 36 Ft fifth wheel toy hauler with no problem. Would definitely stay here again.
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June 4, 2019
Overall rating
 
2.0
Location
 
2.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
2.0
Value
 
2.0
Overall Experience
 
2.0
First off, if I could give no stars or negative stars I would.....STAY AWAY from this supposed military facility. I should have heeded previous reviews and never attempted to stay here. Backstory; we are full-timers and I needed surgery on my wrist. Surgery scheduled for 6/3 and stayed at KOA (fabulous) near surgicenter 2 nights day before/after surgery. When I made reservation here was only able to get a few days but was told we may be able to accommodate you, wait for a phone call. About a week later I was called with good news, you can stay during recovery period in one spot, water/electric only (no problem for us). Two days before surgery I received a phone call that we would have to move twice!! 3 sites in 6 days, unacceptable! I told them to hold reservation but I probably would make other plans, which I did (thank you again Wilmington KOA for being accommodating) left a message to cancel & asked to have a supervisor call back. The MOST rude woman called back, called me a liar and laughed at me when I asked if she had seen previous reviews of their facility and that we would be contacting chain of command about their lack of competency & rude behavior. They had no professionalism, customer service or compassion. We have been full-timing 12 years and this, by far, THE worst experience ever....stay away!!!!!
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August 2018
Overall rating
 
4.1
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
2.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
I have to agree with the previous comments. I RV a lot and stay at a lot of military campgrounds and this one needs a lot of TLC. I do come here often though because it is located directly across from the beach. My first constructive comment is that Ft Fisher needs a camp host for obvious reasons. Camp hosts usually care about their RV parks and a lot of the issues the previous person mentioned would be taken care of by a camp host. Ft Fisher Management doesn't really care about the condition of the RV park and it shows. Yes, the office ladies are pleasant and nice, however, they don't make any real decisions. The bath houses are disgusting. Laundry room is usually dirty. Internet rarely works. Dumpsters are always full. The new RV pads should have been constructed so that they were wider then 7-8 feet. The driveways for the pads are like a hundred feet long but the width is not nearly wide enough. Seems silly the bar and grill isn't open on the weekend or evenings but I guess it is contracted out to civilians and the RV park has nothing to do with it. The great things about this RV park is that it is across the street from the beach, they rent golf carts, kayaks, and small boats. There is a fishing pier. This military recreation area could be a real cash cow for the Air Force if it was managed better. I hope those in leadership at Seymore Johnson Air Force Base read this post and look into the concerns by its customers.
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July 2018
Overall rating
 
3.5
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
2.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
3.0
They are working hard to make this a great place to stay by upgrading some of the facilities. At $25 per night and just yards from the beach, it's hard to complain about Ft Fisher. However, if they don't pay attention to the small things, people may start going elsewhere. First, we were supposed to have side-by-side RV sites. They gave me sites 11 and 12 four months previous based on that request. However, in the process of pouring new concrete pads, they renumbered some of them (not all) and 11 is now several sites away from 12. Not the end of the world, as it is not a huge campground, but at least they should have told us ahead of time. We were quite confused upon our arrival, couldn't get a wi-fi or Verizon signal to call the office, so had to back a 50+ foot rig/truck all the way out of the RV area to drive down to the office to figure out what was going on. Once we finally got in our sites, we found that one had no cable hook up and the other had a hook up, but no service. Wi-Fi was down all week. When I asked at the front desk about it the lady just laughed and said "it will be fixed whenever the Army of Air Force decides to get around to it." No apology, poor customer service. Normally, I don't even watch TV or use campground wi-fi, but the RV area was a dead spot for Verizon (and my brother-in-laws ATT), so we had no connectivity at all. That makes it a bit tougher when trying to keep up with the bad weather we were having, as well as looking up things to do in the area. Also, the dumpster in the middle of the campground was not emptied for over 10 days - it was overflowing, smelled horrible, and was a gathering place for huge swarms of flies that made being outside miserable. I also told the office about this (they seemed completely unaware) and was told it would be emptied on Monday (it was Friday). I told them they needed to take care of it immediately as it was unbearable for sites close by, but no one seemed motivated to do something. It was still overflowing when we left. I found this to be representative of the staff's attitude all week. They seemed to act as if the customer was more of a burden than anything else. I've never encountered this in over 30 years of RVing - and certainly not at the commercial campgrounds up and down the coast. All in all, Ft Fisher has the potential to be a real gem, but the staff and management need to start paying attention to details or people will decide to pay a bit more and go elsewhere.
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May 2018
Overall rating
 
4.7
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
Great value and great campground. Most of the new pads have been poured. The pads are exceptionally long, however, some of them are angled in the wrong direction. If you have a 5th wheel, you may struggle backing into these sites. The laundry room could use a little improvement, but not so bad as to be a deal-breaker. WiFi is non-existent. Again, not a deal-breaker. If you want to park and be left alone, this is the spot. Easy walk to very clean beaches. Nice little shoppette/PX. Can't beat the price, considering what civilians are paying 200 meters away.
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May 2018
Overall rating
 
2.5
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
1.0
Value
 
4.0
Overall Experience
 
2.0
Location cant be beat. Lots to do in area. Some issue going on during the week I am here before memorial weekend. Pool is closed for undetermined length of time - restaurant is closed, kayak/canoe rental shop is closed as well and they are extremely short staffed. I guess they are not happy about not receiving enough funding and take it out on customers. I read where other reviews said staff was helpful- I guess that one was off today. Ive been here 3 days and asked when someone will clean the bathrooms- (trying to find nice way to tell the truth; If you don't want MRSA or Scabies or impetigo or any other fungus infections- don't use any of the bathrooms offered to campers.) I was told- "You are welcome to the job of cleaning them if you want" They double talked saying they had cleaned them- but really only restocked paper and removed trash- I was further told about being short staffed but in a very rude tone like it was my fault. I would have rather been treated more civilly with an apology and offer to clean- but I think she was avoiding that offer because she would have been the one to have to clean those nasty bathrooms. I had to go 30 min down road to another campground and pay to use there shower.
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Feb 2018
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
Pros: *Location Location Location (5 minute walk to beach one way or 5 minute walk to Cape Fear River the other direction) * Long RV sites, several 40ft class As have been here during our stay and fit with ease * New cabins available for rent, so you could have family meet up and stay in the cabins while you stay in your RV * Tent sites are by the Cape Fear River and have a dock you can fish from * Best WiFi signal we have ever had * Great game room and decent gym * Friendly Staff and good food at the Beachhouse Bar and Grill Con * Bathhouses are old, I mean real old. They smell pretty bad, it's obvious the floors have water damage. However, that is our only con for this location so in the grand scheme of things, not a big deal. Would highly recommend! Things to do nearby: Ft Fisher Aquarium Ft Fisher Historical Sites Ft Fisher Hermit Trail (Basin Trail) Kure Beach Pier (restaurants, arcades, fishing) Visit the Beach Go kayaking, paddle boarding in the Cape Fear River 
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Oct 8-12, 2017
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
Very large spaces but as other stated the hook ups can be on the wrong side and some have electric/water on one side and sewer on the other side. It is best to ask when you book and always bring plenty of water/sewer hoses and electric cable. The staff is very friendly and helpful and you can't beat the location.
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Aug 19 - Sep 1, 2016
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
This is a wonderful campground, and in our estimation the best value for $ spent. Campsites are roomy, although some have hook-ups on the “wrong side.” This was not a problem as we carry plenty of extensions. Best of all — fantastic free WiFi!!! It worked flawlessly during our entire 14 day stay. Staff was extremely pleasant. US Mail/UPS/FedEx directly to Reception Office is a big plus for full-timers. Easy walk to public beach access. Bathhouse and toilets are a bit dated, and although clean, are in need of an upgrade. If coming from the south you might want to consider the Southport - Ft Fisher Ferry. The ferry accommodates RVs, is very affordable, and cuts driving time as you bypass the city of Wilmington. We will happily stay here again.
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June 28 - Jul 1, 2016
Overall rating
 
4.2
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
4.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0
We stayed for 3 nights and loved it. There is so much to see in the surrounding area. Anything you could want are need is close by. The beaches are beautiful and there are rentals of bikes kyaks at the rec center. The internet worked great and all the hook ups. We will be back. Marv & Carol Singleton
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