We found Turkey Quarter Campground & RV Park and thought it was the perfect spot to try our new R-Pod 192 for the first time so we could learn the ins and outs, as well as learn what we’d need for our 2+ month trip. We choose Turkey Quarter Campground because it has full hookups, great reviews, is affordable, and the location worked well for us.
Turkey Quarter Campground & RV Park is just a few miles from New Bern, North Carolina, about a two hour drive from Raleigh, and just an hour from the ocean. It also has boat ramps, swimming spots, grocery, and gas nearby. The campground has full RV hook up sites, tent only sites, and cabins for rent. There are a few full-time seasonal/year-round sites, and while it’s a smaller campground, there are plenty of sites to rent (including a few pull-through spots).
We booked by messaging the campground on Facebook and the owner booked us shortly after. When we arrived, the owner happened to be there and chatted with my husband about pros/cons of each site.
Site 15 at Turkey Quarter
We chose site 15 because it felt secluded, and was very easy to back into. It was also shady enough to keep our R-Pod pretty cool throughout the day. The site came with a large fire pit and two picnic tables. The electric box had hook ups for 30/50 and 110 and the water felt, smelled, and tasted really clean. The site was a steal at just $25/night and the site was very level. And the best part – all the free firewood and fire starter sticks you would ever need.
The campground was well maintained and very clean. There is one men’s bathroom, one women’s bathroom, one shower, and one washer and dryer ($1/wash, $1.50 dry). The shower had good pressure and hot water and the bathhouse is air conditioned. The camp host was very friendly and helpful — as were the owners.
The campground also has a community room and outdoor area, but were closed because we’re camping in the time of COVID. There is a small pond on the property that apparently has trout in it — though we can’t confirm as we didn’t go fishing.
And, of course, Turkey Quarter is dog friendly.
What to do near Turkey Quarter Campground
If you need a quick grocery run, or gas refill – there’s a Dollar General and a Jasper Gas Mart within a five-minute drive. If you need a bigger store, New Bern is about a 20-minute drive and has most of what you’d need. If you need RV supplies, there is Gander Mountain store about 40 minutes away in Greenville, but also a few RV service shops in New Bern. One thing that you can take care of beforehand, would be the water supply systems in your vehicle. You must check if the water filters are in good condition. If not, you may want to replace it with good RV water filters as soon as possible.
Coming back to the campsite, the spring Garden Boat Ramp is about a 10-minute drive from the campground. It’s a boat launch, fishing pier, and you can even swim there. A quick google search can let you know if the water is safe for swimming. The current on the Neuse River is quite quick at this spot, so life jackets or staying near the dock is recommended. As for parking, there is a small parking lot at the launch, or you can park a bit up on the street.
New Bern, NC is about a 20-30 minute drive from Turkey Creek Campground. While there is a lot to do in New Bern, we’re in the time of COVID so we hung outside and super social distanced. We did pop into the Birthplace of Pepsi (which is half soda shop and half museum), and found a garden across the street. I’d love to go back once it’s safe and explore the shops, restaurants, and breweries that lined the streets of New Bern.
Hookups: RV sites have full hook ups (W, E, S), 30/50 amp
Site amenities: Picnic Table, Fire Ring, Free Firewood
Cell Service: Verizon 5 bars
Dogs allowed: Yes
Location: 163 Kirby Ln, Cove City, NC 28523
Booking: Facebook or call (919) 202-3419
Cost: $25/night (as of June 2020)
We enjoyed our time at Turkey Quarter and would highly recommend the campground for any first-time campers, or seasoned campers. The owners and camp host are awesome and you can tell a lot of care goes into keeping the campground well-maintained. The owners also told us that the campground is getting upgraded electric and septic tanks, too (not that we had any issue), so camping should be even better moving forward.
Have you been to Turkey Quarter Campground? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments.