Camping at Masonboro Island

Primitive camping is allowed at the Masonboro Island component of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. When the property was considered for protection and later dedicated as a state nature preserve, this activity was acknowledged as an existing recreational use, important to the local community. It was decided that this activity would be allowed to continue as long as it did not negatively impact the natural resources of the Reserve or interfere with the education and research programs that are the core purpose of the Coastal Reserve program. To prevent damage to the Reserve, campers can practice camping methods that minimize damage and impacts to the habitats, soils and organisms of the Reserve. Many of these practices will also ensure that campers have enjoyable and safe camping experiences.