CAMP LEJEUNE NORTH CAROLINA: IN-DEPTH WELCOME CENTER
IntroductionHello and welcome to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina! Home to II Marine Expeditionary Force, the 2nd Marine Division, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), and more, Lejeune is the primary East Coast base for Marine Corps operations and training. Taking up 246 square miles of North Carolina, including 14 miles of beaches and 80 live fire ranges, it’s the ideal place for the men and women of the world’s finest amphibious forces to live and train. And, when you’re stationed here, you’ll belong to our proud community of over 130,000 Marines, Sailors, DoD civilians, and their families. Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Camp Lejeune to help aid you in your transition to your new base home. 1. Where Is Camp Lejeune? 2. Google Map View 3. Getting There - Directions to The Base 4. Entering Camp Lejeune and Base Amenities
- Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel
- Camp Lejeune Visitor Center
- Camp Lejeune DEERS Office
- Camp Lejeune Gate Hours
- Camp Lejeune Commissary
- Camp Lejeune Exchange
- Camp Lejeune Barber Shops
- Camp Lejeune Post Office
- Camp Lejeune Finance Office
- Camp Lejeune Legal Office
- Camp Lejeune Library
- Camp Lejeune Hotels
Where Is Camp Lejeune?Welcome/Visitor Center Address: 812 Holcomb Blvd Camp Lejeune, NC 28542
Phone:1 (910) 451-2197 or 1 (910) 451-7735
Phone (DSN):1 (312) 751-2197 Seated right on the Atlantic coast between two deepwater ports, Camp Lejeune is located in the ideal spot for a Marine installation. Construction on the base began in April of 1941 and in 1942 it was officially named Camp Lejeune after Lieutenant General John A. Lejeune, who served as the Corps’ 13th Commandant.
Camp Lejeune Map
Camp Lejeune Directions
Driving Directions to Camp LejeuneWhether you’re coming from the north or south, the easiest way to reach Camp Lejeune is via I-95.
- From the highway, take Exit 81B (Wilmington/Clinton) to Route I-40 East.
- Then take Exit 364 to Route 24 and turn left on Route 24 East.
- Merge onto I-10 East via the exit on the left toward Beaumont and continue on Route 24 East to the Main Gate.
Public TransitJacksonville has a fairly extensive, bus-based public transit system. And its Scarlet Express Route includes several stops both on and off base, including one at the main MCX. So it's easy to get on or off Lejeune via public transportation.
Greyhound Jacksonville NCThe Jacksonville Greyhound station sits right in the middle of town and not far from the base itself. It’s also near several of the stops on the aforementioned public transit routes, so getting from the station to the base is a matter of one easy transfer.
What Amtrack Station Is Closest to Camp Lejeune NC?The nearest Amtrak stop is in the nearby city of Wilson, North Carolina. And Greyhound service runs from that station to their station in Jacksonville, making it fairly easy to transition from rail to bus in order to reach Camp Lejeune.
Flights to Camp Lejeune North CarolinaThere are a number of small and regional airports near Camp Lejeune, but the nearest major hub is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Raleigh, North Carolina. Roughly a two and a half hour drive from base in a POV, there’s also a Greyhound station in Raleigh that can get you to Jacksonville in under four hours.
Camp Lejeune Transportation OfficeWhen PCS time rolls around, the Camp Lejeune Distribution Management Office will be here to help you get through it. Wherever your next duty station is, they’ll make sure you and your things get there with relative ease.
Camp Lejeune DMOBldg 1011 Ash St. Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
Phone:1 (910) 450-8417
Camp Lejeune DMO Hours
- Monday through Friday 0700-1630
New River DMOIvy Hall on C St. Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
Phone:1 (910) 451-2377
New River DMO Hours
- Monday through Friday 0700-1630
Entering Camp Lejeune and Base AmenitiesIf you do not have a valid military ID, you may have to stop at the visitor control center to gain post access. Click here for more information on the visitor control center at Fort Meade.
Check-in Procedures For Incoming PersonalAll incoming personnel should first check-in at the Joseph "Randy" Reichler Reception Center (JRRRC) before checking in with their individual commands. The JRRRC is in Building 59 on Molly Pitcher Road and you’re expected to arrive with a valid military ID, a copy of your orders, your SRB/OQR, and Health & Dental Records. After completing a check-in with reception, they will direct you to IPAC (also within Building 59) to complete the procedure. The reception desk is open Monday-Friday, 0730 to 1630. For after hours, weekend, or holiday check-in there is a buzzer within the JRRRC to call the duty NCO.
Phone:1 (910) 451-8609/8628
Camp Lejeune Visitor CenterThe base visitor center is located in Building TT-13, right next to the Wilson Boulevard Gate off Highway 24. Open from 0500 to 2100 Monday-Friday, the center processes all non-contractor visitors who wish to enter Camp Lejeune. If you have any specific questions about visiting, you can reach the center at 1 (910) 451-7734.
Camp Lejeune Reception CenterBuilding 818, Holcomb Blvd Jacksonville, NC 28544
Phone:1 (910) 451-7735
DEERS Camp LejeuneWhether you need a new ID or CAC card or other changes to your admin info, the main Camp Lejeune DEERS office is conveniently located in the aforementioned JRRRC. Plus, there’s a satellite ID office at Stone Bay. Make an appointment online and skip the waiting room.
Camp Lejeune DEERS OfficeBuilding 59, Molly Pitcher Road Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC 28542
Phone:1 (910) 451-2727/4223
Camp Lejeune DEERS Office Hours
- Monday through Friday 0730-1600
Stone Bay ID OfficeBldg RR4, Range Rd Holly Ridge, NC 28445
Phone:1 (910) 440-2061
Stone Bay ID Office Hours
- Monday through Friday 0730-1600
Camp Lejeune Gate HoursThe Camp Lejeune Main Gate, on Holcomb Boulevard, is open 24/7. Hours for the other base entrances are as follows:
Wilson Boulevard- 24/7
Triangle Outpost- 0600 to 1900.
Sneads Ferry- 24/7
Stone Bay- 24/7
Camp Johnson- 0600 to 1900.
Midway Park- 24/7
Piney Green- Monday thru Friday, 0500 to 1700. Outbound traffic can leave via this gate up until 1800.
Tarawa Terrace I- Monday thru Fri, 0600 to 1700
Tarawa Terrace II- Gate currently closed to traffic.
Butler Gate- Open to inbound traffic only. Monday thru Friday 1500 to 1800.
Camp Lejeune CommissaryWhether it’s groceries or toiletries, the Camp Lejeune Commissary has all the home goods you need at low prices.
Camp Lejeune Commissary1230 Holcomb Boulevard Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
Phone:1 (910) 451-5071
Camp Lejeune Commissary Hours
- 7 days a week 0930-2000
Camp Lejeune Exchange
Camp Lejeune MCX1231 Birch St
Phone:1 (910) 451-5030
Camp Lejeune Exchange Hours
Monday through Saturday -0900-2100
Camp Lejeune Barber ShopsA fresh, weekly haircut is as much a part of your appearance in uniform as your boots or cammies. And you have plenty of barber shop locations to get your regular trim all over Camp Lejeune.
Barber Shop Locations & Hours
Bldg 1 Barber ShopBldg 1, Post Lane
Phone:1 (910) 451-1820
Brig Barber ShopBldg 1039, Lyman Road Extension
Camp Geiger Barber ShopBldg TC826, B Street
Phone:1 (910) 449-0151
Monday through Friday -0800-1700
Saturday and Sunday -0900-1600
Camp Johnson Barber ShopBldg M19
Phone:1 (910) 450-0753
Monday through Friday -0900-1730
Corner Barber ShopBldg AS-257, Davis Street
Phone:1 (910) 449-6055
Courthouse Bay Barber ShopBldg BB245, Clinton Road
Phone:1 (910) 440-7193
Monday through Friday -0800-1700
French Creek Barber ShopBldg FC425, Gonzalez Blvd
Phone:1 (910) 451-5237
Monday through Friday -0800-1600
Hadnot Point Plaza Barber ShopBldg 84, Holcomb Blvd
Phone:1 (910) 451-2395
Tuesday through Friday -0800-1700
Saturday and Sunday -0900-1700
MAG 29 Barber ShopBldg AS-4127, White Street
Phone:1 (910) 449-6538
Tuesday through Thursday -0700-1700
Mall Barber ShopBldg 1231, Holcomb Blvd
Phone:1 (910) 451-2400
Tuesday through Friday -0800-1800
MCAS New River Exchange Barber ShopBldg AS-4040 Curtis Road
Phone:1 (910) 449-0593
Stone Bay Barber ShopBldg RR154
Phone:1 (910) 440-1148
Hours:Monday through Wednesday 0630-1430
II MEF Barber ShopBldg H100, Julian C. Smith Street
Phone:1 (910) 451-8181
Monday through Thursday -0730-1500
Camp Lejeune Post OfficeWhatever your mailing and shipping needs, the US Post Office has you covered. And with two locations on Camp Lejeune you’ll have no problem sending stuff where you need it to go.
Camp Lejeune Post Office McHugh Blvd1770 McHugh Blvd Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
Phone:1 (800) 275-8777
Camp Lejeune Post Office McHugh Blvd Hours
Monday through Friday -0800-1630
Camp Lejeune Post Office Bldg FC-312Cpu-Mail French Crk Bldg FC-312 Camp Lejeune, NC 28542
Phone:1 (800) 275-8777
Camp Lejeune Post Office Bldg FC-312 Hours
Monday through Friday1000-1500
Camp Lejeune Finance OfficeGet great, professional help and advice on all things related to money matters at the Camp Lejeune Finance Office.
Camp Lejeune Finance Office10 McHugh Blvd Building #10 Camp Lejeune, NC 28542
Phone:1 (910) 449-9125
Camp Lejeune Finance Office Hours
- Monday through Friday 0800-1630
Camp Lejeune Legal OfficeLegal support and advice of all kinds is available to military personnel at the Camp Lejeune Legal Services Support Section.
Camp Lejeune Legal OfficeBuilding 66, the corner of Holcomb Blvd and Molly Pitcher Rd Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
Phone:1 (910) 451-1903
Camp Lejeune Legal Office Hours
- Monday through Friday 0730-1130 & 1300-1600
Camp Lejeune LibraryWith a total of four libraries spread out across Camp Lejeune, there’s definitely a place near you where you can borrow a great book or two. Reading and tutoring programs are also available for kids of all ages.
Harriotte B. Smith LibraryHolcomb Blvd, between Dogwood and Birch Streets Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
Phone:1 (910) 451-3026
Station Library at MCAS New River213 Bancroft St Jacksonville, NC 28540
Phone:1 (910) 449-6715
Monday through Friday -0800-1700
Camp Johnson LibraryCompany C St Bldg M-607 Jacksonville, NC 28540
Phone:1 (910) 450-0844
Monday through Friday -0900-1900
Saturday and Sunday -1100-1800
John A. Lejeune Education Center Research Library825 Stone St Bldg 825 Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
Phone:1 (910) 450-9845
Hours:Monday through Friday 0830-1630
Hotels Near Camp LejeuneDozens of hotels dot the region around Camp Lejeune, many of them not only in nearby Jacksonville but within minutes of the base’s main gate and visitor center. These are 5 of the most convenient, but rest assured they’re not your only options nearby: 1 (937) 505-5916 1 (910) 346-7759 1 (910) 347-5131 1 (910) 455-4100 1 (910) 347-6500
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Where Should I Live Near Camp Lejeune?If you’re considering living on post, check out the available on-post housing options. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living off post.
Cities Near Camp LejeuneCamp Lejeune resides entirely within the city of Jacksonville, North Carolina. The principal city of Onslow County, Jacksonville’s military history dates back to the eighteenth century when the nearby New River served as production and storage hub for naval supplies. Today it’s one of the countries fastest growing cities and home to one of the lowest average age of residents, due in no small part to the large number of military personnel and young veterans living here. Jacksonville itself offers several fine residential neighborhoods, but some of the neighboring towns and municipalities also have a wide array of housing and amenities that might sound ideal to you and your family when moving here. But there are several other lovely towns within easy commuting distance of base, like the beach cities of Cedar Point, Swansboro, and Sneads Ferry.
Best Places to Live Near Camp Lejeune
Jacksonville NCNot only is Jacksonville a very convenient place to live while stationed at Camp Lejeune, but it also has tons of things that make the city a great place to call home. There are several residential areas throughout the city, from the golf course adjacent Country Club Estates to the family friendly Williamsburg Plantation neighborhood. And for those who want city convenience with a bit more rural living, the West River neighborhood sits on the edge of town giving you access to both. And since the base is right in town, your commute will be around 15 minutes.
Cedar PointIt’s a bit of a ways from base, about an hour from the main gate. But if you want to enjoy quality beach living, then Cedar Point is perfect for you. With miles of oceanfront and Croatan National Forest just to the north, this is a great town for anyone who loves the outdoors. It’s a small town, so there may not be much in the way of thrills or big business, but the natural splendor and lovely surroundings should be more than enough to keep you happy living here.
SwansboroAnother beautiful beach village about an hour’s drive from base, Swansboro sits right on the Atlantic Ocean. Living here provides great opportunities for anyone who loves to swim, boat, or otherwise enjoy the water. From the historic downtown district looking over the ocean to the great annual events held right in town, boredom is the last thing you’ll find if you make this town your home while stationed at Camp Lejeune.
Sneads FerryThe town is already home to an Annual Shrimp Festival, why not make it home to you and your family too? This once-tiny fishing town a mere half hour from base has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few decades, mostly due to Camp Lejeune personnel moving and living there. And if they enjoy Sneads Ferry, you probably will, too. Because if you’ve ever wanted to make a home in a place that epitomizes a quaint, picturesque beach town then this is the exact sort of spot you’re looking for.
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Best Schools Near Camp LejeuneBeing in a city means that duty at Camp Lejeune offers access to not just the on-base elementary, intermediate, and high schools. There are also several schools, both public and private, in Jacksonville and the surrounding towns for children and teens of all ages. Not to mention preschools for the real youngsters. Whether you decide to enroll your kids in one of the fine institutions belonging to the DoD’s Education Activity community in the Camp Lejeune area or one of the other schools nearby, rest assured that they’ll get years worth of fine education while you’re stationed here. Find more local school information at The Best Camp Lejeune Schools: Daycare - High School).
Camp Lejeune WeatherGiven its location on numerous rivers and waterways in the southern United States, you can expect the climate at Camp Lejeune to be humid, muggy, and fairly warm. But the region does get its share of all four seasons, colder weather included.
SpringThough March often starts a little on the chillier side (low 40s), spring around Camp Lejeune is typically mild. The chance of precipitation hovers around 30%, so you should be able to enjoy plenty of sunny days through May.
SummerBy the end of spring, the daily temperature is typically in the high 70s to low 80s and it gets hotter as summer goes, usually peaking in mid-July. The chance of rain also goes way up as the weather gets hotter, so you may see far more wet days than dry ones until the weather starts to cool again. You will want to prepare for humidity as well as the heat.
FallGenerally cooler than the summer, but the falls here are about as mild as the springs are. The average low doesn’t even start to dip below 50 until November. And the chance of rain drops off drastically after August.
WinterWhile winters here, like most places, are colder than the other seasons, they’re generally not too dire. The temperature can drop into the low 30s, but rarely lower than that. And average annual snowfall is usually about an inch, so the roads will likely stay clear year-round. To find out more in depth weather information visit our blog Camp Lejeune Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here.
Things to Do in Camp Lejeune, North CarolinaWant to enjoy some great city sights and living with restaurants and shopping aplenty? There’s more than enough of that right here in Jacksonville, from museums to tours of the waterways that wind through town. Not to mention the recreation and entertainment options available on base thanks to the Lejeune-New River MCCS.
Outdoor Activities Camp LejeuneSince both the base and the city sit right on Stones Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, there are beaches aplenty to enjoy. And several protected forest areas, including Croatan National Forest and several designated game areas for hunting offer plenty of ways to enjoy the unspoilt natural splendor of North Carolina.
Suggested Read:18 Of the Best Things to Do Near Camp Lejeune
Restaurants Camp LejeuneAnybody looking for good grub near Camp Lejeune is in luck. Not only are there plenty of places to get great American cuisine and barbecue (just like in any other town in the Carolinas), but the proximity to the ocean means there’s great seafood all over. Including some top rated sushi restaurants. Not to mention quality cuisines from all over the world, from Italian to Morroccan. Craving more than just great food? Look no further than 25 of the Best Restaurants Camp Lejeune.
Shopping Near Camp LejeuneThe MCX isn’t the only shopping option for those stationed here. There are several large shopping centers in town, including the massive Jacksonville Mall. And places like the local Burkes Outlet and Twice as Nice Flea Market mean you won’t have to break the bank every time you’re looking to buy.
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ConclusionThere’s a lot to like about being stationed at Camp Lejeune. It’s home to some of the most storied units in the US military and the kind of training that makes Marines the feared fighting force they are. And the mix of city, beach, and country living and amenities available makes it a fun place to live. Whether you’re stationed here on your own, with a family, here for training, or on TDY, we think you’re going to relish and deeply benefit from your time here. With all its upsides, both personal and professional, this installation is more than worthy of being named for the man called “the greatest of all Leathernecks.”
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