Details for North Carolina State Dock (free dock)

North Carolina State Dock (free dock)

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Average rating 3.5 stars from 6 reviews

Address Bath, NC 27808


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: NC State Dock. There are no hookups but you may stay up to 3 days free of charge. For more than 4 hour stays you must fill out a permit application and submit it at the VIsitor Center, no charge.

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


It is just off the channel and very near the Bath Harbor Marina that lies to the North of it. This is a free dock with no services at all. The Bath Town Hall is on the premises but it is open only one day per week!! There is no grocery store and the only restaurant is a mile or more up the highway. The town, what little there is, is historic and we enjoy the stop. Washington, NC is very close. There is room for several cruising boats.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 8
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info: Free dock good for 72 hours. One must register at Historical Bath Visitor Center one block east of dock.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: There's a grassy area to walk your dog.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out





Yes - Trash can near the street.








Yes - Within a mile of the State Dock, 15 minute walk:

Bath General Store & Market
502 Carteret Street
Bath, NC 27808



Yes - Within a block of the State Dock:
Blackbeards Slices & Ices
101 N Main St Bath, NC 27808

Within a mile of the State Dock, 15 minute walk:

Old Town Country Kitchen
436 Carteret St
Bath, NC

Bath General Store & Market
502 Carteret Street
Bath, NC 27808


Hotels or motels

Yes - Within a block:

Inn On Bath Creek
116 South Main Street
Bath, NC 27808

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - Weak roaming signal for Sprint.

Boat ramp availability



Other services

Within a mile of the State Dock, 15 minute walk:

Ye Old ABC Store - Liquor Store
320 E Carteret St
Bath, NC 27808
Store Hours: M-S 10 am-6 pm
All NC ABC stores are closed on Sunday.


Museum and two historical houses managed by the Visitors Center.

Reviews for North Carolina State Dock (free dock)
Great Place, 2013-10-02
Captain: , Cleveland, OHio (421)

We stayed on the Free State dock for two nights and had a wonderful visit to historical Bath, NC. Plenty of old houses to visit to learn the history of the First Incorporated town in NC.

Nice dinner at Blackbeards Restaurant, a two minute walk from the dock. Other restaurant is a 15 minute walk.

We docked on the T head, plenty of depth. No water or electricity. We were here on a Monday and Tuesday, only one other boat on Monday night.

Would definitely stop again either coming or going to Washington, NC. Worth the stop off the ICW if you just want to relax and slow down.

Bath State Dock - One of our favorite places!, 2013-05-02
Captain: , Bath, NC (199)

We tie up here frequently. We have family in the area and enjoy the locals and many historic building to see. Here is a great link to things to do in Bath, NC.

Free town dock in a nice setting, 2011-03-01
Captain: , East Greenwich Yacht Club, RI (249)

The other reviews don't give this dock enough credit. The tiny park at the head of the dock is pretty and full of trees. The town historic center is right there. About a mile walk east is a cafe and a tiny grocery store- enough for the basics. Very pleasant to walk the area and absorb the history and charm.

Well Protected & Pleasant, 2011-02-02
Captain: , Washington, NC (33)

This is a state-owned dock with no services, but the price is right -- it's free. Room for perhaps 3 boats in 30-38 foot range on either side and a 40-45 footer on the end. Water depths 5-7 feet. Pizza and sandwich shop is a block away. Bath is a tiny town with a state visitor's center and historic homes within walking distance. Certainly worth a stop, especially on week days when it's not crowded.

Secure, free, 2008-09-27
Captain: , Point Lookout (34)

We walked the dock while staying at the nearby Bath Harbor Marina. Well protected, single pier with room for thre-four boats on each side. There is a pizza parlor a block away that also serves more elaborate fare, nothing fancy.

Bath Town Dock, 2007-02-05
Captain: , Patterson, La (1441)

A nice quiet stop. No services at all, no elec nor water. No grocery store and the closest restaurant is abt a mile or so. The town is historic and has an elaborate interpretive center and the smallest library that we have ever visited.
Stll worth a stop.

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