The Outer Banks, a 200-mile-long string of barrier islands along the North Carolina coast, it's a beach-driving paradise.
RVing Along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Where you choose to camp on the Outer Banks will depend on your budget and your choice of camping style.
Currently, there is no admission fee to the National Seashore if you just wish to walk the beaches, swim, and picnic. However, there are fees for driving on the beach that is included in most 4x4 vehicle rentals. You will also need to purchase a surf fishing license if you wish to fish from the shore. Pets are allowed at the campgrounds and on the beach but must be kept on a six-foot lead. Open campfires are not allowed in the campgrounds, but you may build a fire on the beach below the high water line.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore camping & Outer Banks RV Parks
Camping is only allowed in designated campgrounds. There are four campgrounds along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Except for the campground on Ocracoke Island, none of them accept reservations. There are no hookups, and the restrooms and showers only have cold water. Most of the campgrounds open at the beginning of April and close in mid-October.
Oregon Inlet Campground is located on Bodie Island near the Bonner Bridge at Highway 12, Nags Head, NC. It is across the highway from the Oregon Inlet Marina. This campground is a very popular choice for fishermen and families who access the beach with their 4WD vehicles or charter fishing boats at the marina. The campground is flat and open with a few sand paths over the dunes to the beach. The ocean is not visible from the campground as low dunes are between the campground and the water
Cape Point Campground is located at 46700 Lighthouse Rd., Buxton, NC just a few miles from the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. It is also a popular campground for fishermen as the nearby beach access allows entry to Diamond Shoals, a hugely popular fishing spot, during some times of the year. Driving on the beach here is prohibited during the nesting season of the piping plover.
Frisco Campground, the largest of the National Seashore campgrounds, is located on Hatteras Island at 53415 Billy Mitchell Rd, Frisco, NC. Campsites are spread out among dunes covered with sea oats and grasses and most sites are quite spacious. Some sites have a few low trees on them. There are wooden walkways from the campground to the beach with a small parking area by the walkway if you don't want to walk all the way from your campsite. Most people camped here will drive onto the beach.
Ocracoke Island Campground is located at 4352 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC. Ocracoke Island can only be reached by ferry. There are free ferries running frequently and they are large enough to carry large RVs. If you are traveling to Ocracoke from the north, you just get in line for the ferry in Hatteras. The ride takes about 40 minutes to travel Outer Banks RV parks.