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.
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.
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.
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.
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.