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A small freshwater pond surrounded by thick green vegetation and large pine trees. Deep radiant orange and red striations on the horizon fade up to pink clouds and blue skies while pine tree silhouettes seem to go on forever. A large sweeping pine tree is seen through the sea oats and white sand dunes with a backdrop of colorful evening sky. The Mobi-Mat pathway at the north end now provides improved beach access for all.
Bald Point State Park
An aerial photo of the north end day use facilities shows the white sand point for which the park is named.

History and Culture

Norwood pottery, the earliest known pottery in North America, helped archaeologists identify the park's oldest site, placing the earliest human activity 2,500 to 3,500 years before the Spanish arrived. These Native Americans hunted, fished, collected clams and oysters, and lived in relatively permanent settlements due to the abundant resources of the coast and forests. In the mid-1800s and late 1900s, fishermen established seineyards at Bald Point. These usually primitive campsites included racks to hang, dry and repair nets. Evidence of the 19th to 20th century turpentine industry is seen on larger pine trees cut with `cat face' scars.

An old black and white photo shows a wide flat beach to the left and a man standing in front of the dunes on the right.

Bald Point Beach

The white sand beaches of Bald Point State Park have slowly receded. Many of the thickly-vegetated dunes, acting as a buffer and holding the delicate sand in place, have begun to erode away. The planting of sea oats and the public's cooperation by not walking over the dunes has helped, but some dunes are only one storm away from destruction.

An old car is seen driving away from the photographer down a wide white sand beach.

A Drive on the Beach

Long before environmental impacts were known and four-wheel drive was invented, the flat beaches of Bald Point were a perfect place to take the automobile out for a spin.

Soldiers leaping over barbed-wire fences during training at Camp Gordon Johnston.

Training Day

Camp Gordon Johnston, extending from Bald Point to Eastpoint, was a training facility for soldiers during World War II. The heat, bugs and inclement weather made certain that soldiers were ready for anything.

A four-photo split of different WW II-era amphibious vehicles landing on the beach as part of training.

Landing on the Point

Bald Point was the location for amphibious landing exercises during training at Camp Gordon Johnston. Many of the soldiers who landed at Normandy during WW II trained here. There are accounts of landing vehicles hitting sand bars here and prematurely launching men in full gear overboard where the weight of their gear caused them to drown.

Folks begin setting a seine net.

Setting the Net

Bald Point has long been a place for commercial fishing activity. Sunday Reel overlook is named for a seineyard which existed there. Here, fishermen would pull in their seine nets and gather the fish. The site was also used to dry and mend the very large nets.