Summer has arrived in North Carolina, and that means there’s an abundance of camping, hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities to experience. Duplin County is jam-packed with summer attractions whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your partner, want to take the kids to experience the great outdoors, or are planning a summer vacation for the entire family to enjoy.
If you’re visiting Duplin County, NC this summer, there’s no need to spend time researching all there is to do. We’ve pulled together some of the top summer attractions in Duplin County that almost anyone would be interested in experiencing.
Whether you’re an experienced hunter or looking to break into this new hobby, Juniper Creek Outfitters & Guide Service has everything you need to enjoy an outing in the woods. The property is complete with a 22-acre private lake, 2.7-acre planted duck impoundment, and over 106 acres of swamp and flooded timber. In total that’s over 100 acres of hunting land and four creeks that feed in and out of the property.
The team at Juniper Creek focuses mainly on duck hunting, but also offers day deer hunting trips and fishing trips on the private lake. They are a licensed and insured guide for duck, deer, small game, and dove hunting. (Hunting is seasonal, please content them for applicable dates before planning your trip.)
NC hunting licenses and duck stamps are required and can be purchased at www.ncwildlife.org. Fishing is catch and release only (unless otherwise permitted) and fishing passes can be purchased on location on the weekends. They also offer worms, drinks, tackle, fishing poles, and more, along with kayak, paddleboard, and Jon boat rentals.
If you’re looking to bring the RV down to southeastern North Carolina, 24/40 RV Park & Campground is a great spot to enjoy with everyone in the family. This facility offers plenty of pull-through sites with either 30amp or 50-amp power options. The park strives to be a quiet, family-friendly establishment where you can truly get the rest and relaxation you deserve.
Located just off I-40 and NC-24, 24/40 RV Park & Campground is nestled in the woods of Warsaw, NC. In addition to RV hookups, they also offer tent sites as well as amenities like wildlife trails and a gorgeous pond. Leashed pets are allowed at the campground, so you can truly bring the entire family along.
And, if you’re looking to make your trip extra romantic, guests can take advantage of the Chapel on the Pond for quiet wedding ceremonies and vow renewals. Constructed almost entirely of cypress, the chapel features large gable windows, seating, candles, flowers, and more. It can seat up to 12 people, so it’s ideal for small, more intimate ceremonies. The chapel also boasts a wide, wrap-around deck that’s perfect for taking in the views at your after-wedding reception.
Just a few short miles north of Beulaville, right off Highway 111, lies Cabin Lake County Park. This beautiful park is a one-stop-shop for all of your summer fun needs. General admission is only $3 for Duplin County residents, $4 for non-residents, and free for kids five and under, making it a real steal for visitors and locals who are sticking to a budget.
There are a variety of campsites for those who are looking to get away, including RV sites, tent sites, and group camping sites. There are also picnic shelters available for rent, making this park a great place to host cookouts, birthdays, and family reunions. The park also sells ice and firewood, just in case you forgot to pack those camping essentials.
Other activities include hiking, fishing, boating, and swimming. Those who love the water can bring their own personal craft for a $4 launch fee, or take advantage of canoe and pedal boat rentals. The swimming area is open Memorial Day through Labor Day and provides an awesome spot to enjoy the sun and splash in the cool lake water.
If you really want a quiet, very intimate camping experience, Abner’s RV Park is just the place. This adorable little campground has just three RV sites, so it’s great for those looking for a private getaway or for larger families who want to rent out all three spaces and have the park to themselves.
This tiny campground is located 4.5 miles from Rose Hill, NC, in between the beautiful fields and lush forests of Duplin County. Each site features hookups for water, electricity, and sewer. There are also spaces available for parking your regular vehicle, picnic tables for enjoying meals outdoors, and a security light to guide your way in the darkest of nights.
A short drive down the road will take you to convenience stores, gas stations, laundromats, Duplin Winery, Rose Hill Restaurant, and other local spots. Not far away lies Lake Leamon, the perfect spot for fishing, picnics, swimming, and diving. And on top of all that, you may even be lucky enough to enjoy some of the local wildlife, like deer, wild turkeys, and other large birds.
Speaking of Lake Leamon, we can’t forget to talk about their stunning campground and “famous” ducks! Right off of I-40, in Wallace, NC, is the Lake Leamon Campground. There is absolutely no shortage of activities to take part in at this beautiful location.
RV camping is allowed with plenty of hookup options available, including 30 and 50-amp full hookups and 30 and 50-amp water/electric only hookups. RV camping prices are super reasonable and start at just $45/day with weekly and monthly options as well. No RV? No problem. Tent camping costs $10/person for those 11 and up, $4/person for 3-10-year-olds, and is free for children 2 and under.
Additional amenities include a boat ramp, picnic tables, campfire circles, flush toilets, showers, a laundry room, an arcade, and a snack bar. During the day you cool off in the lake or muster up enough courage to take on the legendary Lake Leamon diving platform. You can also bring your own paddle boat, canoe, or kayak to enjoy the lake. Just make sure you say hi to the Lake Leamon ducks before you leave!
If you’re hoping to spend this summer in the great outdoors, Duplin County has everything you need. Camping, fishing, hunting, swimming… we have it all! Whether you’re a local who wants to take a day trip or a visitor planning their summer vacation, consider skipping the beach and taking advantage of all that our beautiful county has to offer.
Need more recommendations on what there is to do in Duplin County? Check out our blog for ideas. Happy Summer Everyone!