Campgrounds in Outerbanks, North Carolina

Campgrounds in Outerbanks, North Carolina
The Outer Banks of North Carolina are a series of narrow islands that stretch for nearly 200 miles. At times you can see the ocean and the inland side of the water at the same time, and at other times there is more width. The area is a great tourist attraction, but there are still some wide open spaces of wide beaches to explore. There is the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which is a national park and a wilderness area. It was here, near Kitty Hawk, that the Wright Brothers made the first flight, where a nearby museum remembers their feat. There is also a museum dedicated to the many shipwrecks that have occurred in the area over the centuries.
There are some trails, but the beach and ocean are the major attraction.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore operates four campgrounds in the wilderness area. They are: Oregon Inlet with 120 sites; Cape Point with 202 sites; Ocracoke with 136 sites; and Frisco with 127 sites. Only Ocrakoke takes reservations.
The campgrounds have no water or electricity hookups. However, water is available, and there are modern bathrooms with cold showers. The Frisco campground is in the dunes and not always level. All of the campgrounds are on the ocean.
There are fishing piers nearby most of the campgrounds. All the sites are very close to the ocean.
There are three historic lighthouses. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is open for climbing. The Bodie Island and Ocracoke Island lighthouses are not open for climbing.
Duck and Goose hunting are also popular activities during the winter months. Cape Hateras is an ideal place to look for seashells. Birdwatching is also popular.
There is kayaking and canoeing, and windsurfing available.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Ocracoke Campground
4352 Irvin Garrish Highway,
Ocracoke, NC 27960
Phone: (252) 473-2111

Cape Hatteras KOA

The Cape Hatteras KOA campground offers all the amenities you expect from a KOA campground, as well as miles of beautiful beaches.
There are 15 RV sites on the ocean, and about 100 total RV sites with full hookups with 50-amp connections. There are over 100 sites that have water and electricity and are designed for pop-ups. There are also about 20 cabins. In 2008 six new cabins were added. The cabins have fully stocked kitchens and can sleep up to six people.
The beach is the main draw, and cars are allowed on the beach. Fishing supplies are available. This site offers free cable TV and free Wi-Fi.
The site has a "fun train" to help you get to various sites and areas of the campground. There are jumping pillows available, as well as kayak and canoe rentals. There is an outdoor cinema, mini golf, swimming pool and a arcade.
The site also has bike and golf cart rentals, and a special camp for dogs.

Cape Hatteras KOA
Route 12, 25099 NC Hwy 12
Rodanthe, NC 27968
Phone: (252) 987-2307

Beachcomber Campground

To get really far away from it all, consider the Beachcomber Campground on Ocracoke Island. The island is accessible only by ferry, so it is bypassed at times by tourists visiting the outer banks. The beaches are pristine and unspoiled, and very often uncrowded. The Beachcomber is behind Ocracoke Station in Ocracoke village. The village has only 700 year-round residents, but you can generally get what you need there.
The Beachcomber Campground has 29 RV or pop-up sites with water and electrical hookups. There are also about 10 tent camping sites.
The campground has modern bathrooms and hot showers. Most things on Ocracoke Island are not fancy, and this campground is no exception. However, it is on a beautiful beach with all the regular beach activities available. A large part of the island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and there are 16 miles of unspoiled beaches.
The island also is famous for wild ponies, which are visible from various observation points.
The only drawback is that there are lots of mosquito's and sand burs.

Beachcomber Campground
990 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke, N.C.
Phone: (252) 588-0109

Article Written By James Jordan

James Jordan has been a writer and photographer since 1980. He has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas, winning state press association awards for writing, photography and page design. In 1995 he received his master's in Christian education and completed two years of Ancient Greek at the graduate level. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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