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Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras (National Seashore)

Ocracoke, North Carolina


4352 Irvin Garrish Hwy
Ocracoke, North Carolina 27960
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 136
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.12623
Longitude: -75.91982

Elevation: 10' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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12 Reviews

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

The rangers and camp hosts were very nice and informative. Reservations are usually needed. Campground was very clean. You do need to go across the road to the dump station and to get drinking water. Very easy in and out for that. None of the sites have shade. Numerous pathways across the dune to the ocean. You can not see the ocean but you can hear it. A very relaxing place to park. Good Verizon reception. Poor to no TV ota reception. We camped at Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras (National Seashore) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B7
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The sites are not very long. You need to back all the way in until your back tires hit the parking bumper. Then park sideways in front of the RV. My motorhome is 30 feet and just barely fit with my toad parked sideways in front. No parking on the grass is strictly enforced. All the sites are very level. Usually very windy. Only a couple minutes drive into town.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $7.00
Overall Rating:

Most National Park campgrounds have potable water fills and dump stations at their entrance, or inside the campground. The three Cape Hatteras campgrounds we visited decided to break with this pattern and place theirs at undisclosed locations, and not necessarily near the campgrounds. (Potable water is available from spigots throughout each campground, but I have been told those are not to be used for filling fresh water tanks.) Ocracoke Campground was less than 1/3 full when we visited in early May. We chose the largest site available; it was not quite long enough to accommodate our 35 ft. 5th wheel and 23 ft. tow vehicle. The campground consists of paved asphalt strips in a grass field. No shade whatsoever. There is plenty of room to make the sites longer and wider. To fill our tank, we had to go across the highway from the campground where there was a parking lot labelled for a hiking trail. A road leading from the side of the parking lot led into the woods where there was a potable water spigot and dump station. While the station's features were labelled, there were no directional signs to guide you to it, nor was it noted on the literature provided upon check-in. The Ranger who checked us in provided vague instructions for finding it. We camped at Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras (National Seashore) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to get water and empty your holding tanks before entering the campground. As for Ocracoke Island itself, if you decide to skip it IMHO you won't be missing anything. Every feature we found at Ocracoke can be found elsewhere, and is more accessible, in the northern Outer Banks.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Nice level pads and just over the dunes to get to the ocean. Quiet, no generators after 10:00 pm and no generators in Loop D. Staff was very helpful and cordial Park was very clean and well maintained. Nice constant ocean breezes. We camped at Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras (National Seashore) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
c-1
Site Surface
Concrete, Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great place to stay to catch the mainland ferries, about 6 miles out of town. Plenty of great places to shop and things to do. Great history lessons to be learned. Our seafood platter at Howards Pub was about the worst one we've ever had. Enough said about that!

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Review Count: 448
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 122

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is one of four campgrounds in the National Seashore and the only one that takes reservations. None of the campgrounds have hookups. One needs to take the fee ferry from the mainland or the free ferry from Hatteras Island to reach Ocracoke Island. The campground is one dune away from the ocean and has four loops of sites with grills and picnic tables. The bathrooms are clean but there are only cold showers. There is not much privacy between sites but they are level and it is an enjoyable place to camp. On the island which is about ten miles long there is a wild pony pen, other beaches, bike trails and the cutest little town with restaurants and shopping. The lighthouse is worth a visit. Reservations should be made for the summer season but they are not site specific. This is a beautiful island with a beautiful beach that stretches on the southeast side from one tip to the other. Construction work is going on for some of the restrooms and the completion date is expected around Memorial Day. The bathrooms are very clean and the hosts helpful. No fires are allowed except on the beach with a permit. We camped at Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras (National Seashore) in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
Loop D
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the wild horses and the quaint village of Ocracoke.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

No water/electricity at the sites, and no hot water showers. Bathrooms are pretty basic/rustic. Lots of sand spurs they were everywhere. Very nice beach. Not many CG choices on the island, and they close this one at the end of October for the winter. The rate reflects the National Park Senior Pass. We camped at Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras (National Seashore) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

A beautiful campsite. Despite the fact that there are no hook-ups on site, we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. We did take advantage of the 50% discount resulting from the National Park Senior Pass. Even though it was the end of April, we were often attacked by large mosquitoes. There are only limited sites for RVs of 40 ft or more; check at the gate. There is a free dump across the road. We camped at Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras (National Seashore) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 165
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 30

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Large National Park flat campground with nicely spaced asphalt sites though about 30 feet deep on 4 loops. Bathrooms were clean. Cold water showers in separate shacks ("shack" accurate description) Sand spurs in the grass so check shoes for stuck on ones before getting back in camper. (yeh, really stick in van carpets and then in you) Right by dunes and gorgeous Atlantic beach. Dump just across the highway by nice nature trial. Stayed 2 days and enjoyed it. We camped at Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras (National Seashore) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is a wonderful inexpensive alternative to some other facility in the area. We truly enjoyed it there. We drove our Jeep on the beach, that was great experience. WARNING: there are some kind of yellow flowers and small spiny cacti that will stick to everything including your dog, and they hurt. The last day of operation was on 10/10/10, and we had to leave this little bit of paradise even though it was 83 degrees, and the campground had a lot of individuals there. (US government I guess.) We camped at Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras (National Seashore) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 448
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 122

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This campground has over 130 sites in four loops along the dunes. There are no hookups but they have modern bathrooms and outside cold showers. Pretty campground but not much privacy. Some of the people were able to pitch their tents under the undergrowth for protection. A quick walk over a dune to the big, beautiful beach. The closest National Park Campground in the outer banks to the beach. Very peaceful campground but we did have some jerk keep his truck running most of the night with his headlights on our site and the one next to us. The Pleasure Way next to us from Quebec left around 1:30 am and found another site in the campground. A nice bike trail 3 miles into the village and the village has anything one would want – markets, restaurants, visitor centers, docks and shops. We would definitely stay here again and you can find a spot most nights except in the summer the holiday weeks. One guide told us why anyone wants to camp here in the summer is amazing because it is hot and the big swamp bugs come out in force to bite you. You can make reservations for the campground and with a pass it is only $12 a night! Great little island and especially visiting it during the spring and fall! We camped at Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras (National Seashore) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Delightful dry campground tucked behind the dunes. Open with scattered low evergreens. Water available (to fill tanks). Dump available (just outside CG). No Cellphone Service or gas stations on Ocracoke. Sites are well spaced with paved pads. Multiple "trails" across dunes to beach. Only 3 miles to Ocracoke Village. Would definitely stay here again. We camped at Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras (National Seashore) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

A nice campground with sand dunes between the camp sites and the ocean. A good place to ride bicycles, walk along the beach, and eat great seafood in the nearby town of Ocracoke. We camped at Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras (National Seashore) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2007 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Fantastic dry camping spot right behind the dunes on the Outer Banks (Hatteras Nat'l Rec Area). Listened to the surf as we drifted off to a restful sleep. Steps to a gorgeous wide beach. Relatively few campers this time of year. The campground was closing in a few days. This one stays open the longest off all the NPS campgrounds at Hatteras. Skeeters were quite bad. A lot of souvenirs (bug bites) to take home. Also, watch out for jellyfish. Saw a number washed up on the beach. Oh well, that's camping. Only 3 +/- miles to great town of Ocracoke for some cheap eats and good company at Howard's pub and Jason's Restaurant across the street. Dump station right across Hwy 12 from the campground. Also, can take on potable water here for your RV. Friendly rangers also, they accept credit cards. We camped at Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras (National Seashore) in a Fifth Wheel.

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