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Camp Lejeune North Carolina: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)
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Camp Lejeune North Carolina: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)

Introduction

Hello 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

5. Where Should I Live Near Camp Lejeune?
6. What Schools are Near Camp Lejeune?
7. What’s the Weather Like at Camp Lejeune?
8. Things to Do Near Camp Lejeune

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 North Carolina

Camp Lejeune Directions

Driving Directions to Camp Lejeune

Whether you’re coming from the north or south, the easiest way to reach Camp Lejeune is via I-95.

  1. From the highway, take Exit 81B (Wilmington/Clinton) to Route I-40 East.
  2. Then take Exit 364 to Route 24 and turn left on Route 24 East.
  3. Merge onto I-10 East via the exit on the left toward Beaumont and continue on Route 24 East to the Main Gate.

If it’s your first time on base, or you don’t yet have a valid military ID and tags for your car, you may have to stop at the Visitor Center to check in before you’re allowed in the base. Click here to learn more about what to expect.

Public Transit

Jacksonville 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 NC

The 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 Carolina

There 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 Office

When 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 DMO
Bldg 1011 Ash St.
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
Phone: 1 (910) 450-8417

Camp Lejeune DMO Hours

  • Monday through Friday 0700-1630

New River DMO
Ivy Hall on C St.
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
Phone: 1 (910) 451-2377

New River DMO Hours

  • Monday through Friday 0700-1630

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Entering Camp Lejeune and Base Amenities

If 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 Personal

All 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.

Joseph “Randy” Reichler Reception Center (JRRRC) 
Building 59, Molly Pitcher Road
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
Phone: 1 (910) 451-8609/8628

Camp Lejeune Visitor Center

The 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 Center
Building 818, Holcomb Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28544
Phone: 1 (910) 451-7735

DEERS Camp Lejeune

Whether 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 Office
Building 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 Office
Bldg 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 Hours

The 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 Commissary

Whether it’s groceries or toiletries, the Camp Lejeune Commissary has all the home goods you need at low prices.

Camp Lejeune Commissary
1230 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 MCX
1231 Birch St
Phone: 1 (910) 451-5030

Camp Lejeune Exchange Hours

  • Monday through Saturday – 0900-2100
  • Sunday – 0900-1900

Camp Lejeune Barber Shops

A 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 Shop
Bldg 1, Post Lane
Phone: 1 (910) 451-1820
Hours: Tuesday 0600-1000

Brig Barber Shop
Bldg 1039, Lyman Road Extension
Phone: N/A
Hours: Monday 0700-0900

Camp Geiger Barber Shop
Bldg TC826, B Street
Phone: 1 (910) 449-0151
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0800-1700
  • Saturday and Sunday – 0900-1600

Camp Johnson Barber Shop
Bldg M19
Phone: 1 (910) 450-0753
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0900-1730
  • Saturday – 1000-1600
  • Sunday – 0900-1700

Corner Barber Shop
Bldg AS-257, Davis Street
Phone: 1 (910) 449-6055
Hours: Monday 0600-1500

Courthouse Bay Barber Shop
Bldg BB245, Clinton Road
Phone: 1 (910) 440-7193
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0800-1700
  • Saturday – 1000-1600
  • Sunday – 0900-1700

French Creek Barber Shop
Bldg FC425, Gonzalez Blvd
Phone: 1 (910) 451-5237
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0800-1600
  • Saturday – 1000-1600
  • Sunday – 1000-1800

Hadnot Point Plaza Barber Shop
Bldg 84, Holcomb Blvd
Phone: 1 (910) 451-2395
Hours:

  • Monday – 0700-1700
  • Tuesday through Friday – 0800-1700
  • Saturday and Sunday – 0900-1700

MAG 29 Barber Shop
Bldg AS-4127, White Street
Phone: 1 (910) 449-6538
Hours:

  • Monday – 0630-1700
  • Tuesday through Thursday – 0700-1700
  • Friday – 0700-1500

Mall Barber Shop
Bldg 1231, Holcomb Blvd
Phone: 1 (910) 451-2400
Hours:

  • Monday – 0600-1900
  • Tuesday through Friday – 0800-1800
  • Saturday – 0900-1800
  • Sunday – 0930-1900

MCAS New River Exchange Barber Shop
Bldg AS-4040 Curtis Road
Phone: 1 (910) 449-0593
Hours: Temporarily Closed

Stone Bay Barber Shop
Bldg RR154
Phone: 1 (910) 440-1148
Hours: Monday through Wednesday 0630-1430

II MEF Barber Shop
Bldg H100, Julian C. Smith Street
Phone: 1 (910) 451-8181
Hours:

  • Monday through Thursday – 0730-1500
  • Friday – 0730-1400

Camp Lejeune Post Office

Whatever 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 Blvd
1770 McHugh Blvd
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
Phone: 1 (800) 275-8777

Camp Lejeune Post Office McHugh Blvd Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0800-1630
  • Saturday – 0900-1145

Camp Lejeune Post Office Bldg FC-312
Cpu-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 Friday 1000-1500

Camp Lejeune Finance Office

Get great, professional help and advice on all things related to money matters at the Camp Lejeune Finance Office.

Camp Lejeune Finance Office
10 McHugh Blvd
Building #10
Camp Lejeune, NC 28542
Phone: 1 (910) 449-9125

Camp Lejeune Finance Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday 0800-1630

Legal support and advice of all kinds is available to military personnel at the Camp Lejeune Legal Services Support Section.

Camp Lejeune Legal Office
Building 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 Library

With 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 Library
Holcomb Blvd, between Dogwood and Birch Streets
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
Phone: 1 (910) 451-3026
Hours:

  • Monday – 0830-1800
  • Tuesday – 0830-1900
  • Wednesday – 0830-1800
  • Thursday – 0830-1900
  • Friday – 0830-1800
  • Saturday – Closed
  • Sunday – 1000-1700

Station Library at MCAS New River
213 Bancroft St
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Phone: 1 (910) 449-6715
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0800-1700
  • Saturday – 1000-1700

Camp Johnson Library
Company C St
Bldg M-607
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Phone: 1 (910) 450-0844
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0900-1900
  • Saturday and Sunday – 1100-1800

John A. Lejeune Education Center Research Library
825 Stone St
Bldg 825
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547
Phone: 1 (910) 450-9845
Hours: Monday through Friday 0830-1630

Hotels Near Camp Lejeune North Carolina

Hotels Near Camp Lejeune

Dozens 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:

Red Roof Inn & Suites Jacksonville, NC

1723 Lejeune Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28546
Phone: 1 (937) 505-5916

Suburban Extended Stay Hotel Camp Lejeune

1323 Lejeune Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Phone: 1 (910) 346-7759

Days Inn Jacksonville

505 North Marine Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Phone: 1 (910) 347-5131

Motel 6 Jacksonville

603 N Marine Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Phone: 1 (910) 455-4100

Baymont by Wyndham Camp Lejeune

474 Western Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28546
Phone: 1 (910) 347-6500

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Where Should I Live Near Camp Lejeune?

Cities Near Camp Lejeune

Camp 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 NC

Not 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 Point

It’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.

Swansboro

Another 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 Ferry

The 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 Lejeune

Being 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).

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Camp Lejeune Weather

Given 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.

Spring

Though 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.

Summer

By 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.

Fall

Generally 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.

Winter

While 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.

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Things to Do in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Want 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 Lejeune

Since 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 (2020 Edition)

Restaurants Camp Lejeune

Anybody 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 Lejeune

The 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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Conclusion

There’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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