NP Campground Review – Ocracoke Campground, Hatteras National Seashore (OBX), NC
A quiet and relaxed campground on the wonderful Island of Ocracoke in the southern end of Hatteras National Seashore on the Outer Banks, NC
Link to campground here: Ocracoke Campground, Hatteras National Seashore, NC
Link to map location here: Ocracoke Campground, Hatteras National Seashore, NC
- Site Quality = 3.5/5
Basic, decent site quality here. Sites are arranged in 4 loops (A, B, C, D) all connected together. All sites are very similar-> flat paved sites varying in length from ~30-40 feet with picnic table and grill in each “sitting area”. Sites by the dunes tend to have better separation, plus they are angled to the main road (making it easier for big rigs to back-in), whereas sites on far end (nearest road) are somewhat closer together and mostly perpendicular to the main road. Dune-side is definitely preferred. No real road noise so all are quiet and relaxed, plus limited stickies/burrs so it’s comfortable to sit outside. No hookups but generators are allowed outside of quiet hours. Main ding? There’s limited vegetation, so not many sites offer privacy or protection from the wind.
Note/ You can’t book a specific site here (only a space), so you simply chose your campsite upon arrival and let the office know which site you want when you check-in.
- Facilities = 2/5
Somewhat odd facilities. Decent flush toilets, but the showers are lever-type cold showers (brrr) with just a small shelf for your stuff. Also located outside in stalls which are not completely closed so you’ll feel the breeze as you shower. On-site dump station and water (just across the street)
- Location = 5/5
You come to Ocracoke to experience the laid-back, relaxed Island vibe and this campground is in the perfect spot to do that. You’re only ~4 miles from town with a nice bike-trail that leads all the way in, plus you are next to a great beach (no cars!) and within easy drive of everything else there is to see on the Island. It’s a totally chillaxed place!
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
A great spot for doggie. Good space around camp and wonderful dog-friendly beach (no cars!) a short dune-walk away. Also very few few stickies/burrs (a common problem along the OBX) so it’s not too painful for paws. Polly loved it here!
Overall Rating = 3.9
BONUS ALERT = Camp on chillaxed Ocracoke Island only 4 miles biking distance from town!
Video Overview: Want to see it in living color? Watch our ~6 min video overview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-X40Enjyfg
Summary: We only planned one night at this campground, but ended up wishing we had planned more. Ocracoke is a little ~16 mile long Island that can only be reached by ferry, so it is remote and totally chillaxed, and the campground reflects that. It’s a very simple layout. Just 4 loops connected together with flat, paved sites (no hookups). Sites by the dunes tend to have better separation, plus they are angled to the main road (making it easier for big rigs to back-in), whereas sites on far end (nearest road) are somewhat closer together and mostly perpendicular to the main road. It’s pretty wide open throughout with only minimal vegetation so there’s limited privacy or protection from the wind, but the entire place feels very quiet and relaxed. Plus there’s a great little ~4 mile bike trail into town right from camp and a wonderfully pristine (no cars!) dog-friendly beach right next door over the dunes. Although it’s a very simple camp, we ended up liking this the most out of all the places we stayed on the Outer Banks. Great combo of decent sites, quiet and wonderful near-by town and beach. We’d totally stay here again!
Note/ There were only a few skeeters during our time here (late Oct), but I gather they can/do get bad in summer, so be prepared if you come earlier in the year.
Extra Info: Stable, good cell signal (2 bars Verizon LTE, 2 bars ATT LTE). 136 total sites, NO hookups. Sites cost $28/night (or $14/night if you have National Parks Senior Pass). Campground open third week of April through last week-end of November. On-site dump station and water (just across the street).SPONSORED LINK:
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