Pros: this campground has a little more privacy than some of the other Cape Hatteras National Seashore ones. You can hear the ocean all night, and the campground itself is pretty quiet. Showers are free, but water is not heated.
Cons: the amenities are outdated, especially the showers. The mosquitoes are horrible here; in addition to being right by the ocean, the centers of the loops of the campground are grassy fields, and I think that's why there are so many mosquitoes. It was so bad, I couldn't even stay outside to prepare dinner after dark - I had to go into town for a meal.
Given how bad the mosquitoes were, I likely wouldn't stay here again. But it is a very pretty campground.
Not much privacy and close to the water. Lots of people come there to picnic who are not camping. Close to a main highway. No trails but lots of open beach.
This is a place nice to stay- if you want quiet. You can fish in the Pamlico sound, take the ferry to ocroake, rent their horses to ride or boats. Need extra long sewer, water and power cords. Utilities are not in a convenient location. Very sandy location. Coins to keep the camper clean
It't beautiful and has a bathhouse. Sleeping on the beach sand is so comfortable. Fall or spring is are great times to go. There is a very short walk over the dunes to get to the most beautiful beach in the whole world! There is the really sweet town of Ocracoke to visit just a very short drive from the campground. Ocracoke is were Blackbeard was captured which is also a fun draw to the island.
Great Island has become my family's favorite places, having The Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Core Sound on the other of this narrow barrier island is our paradise, It is boat in only and only 4 wheel drive accessible, no paved roads. You can camp on the beach or stay in one of the NPS cabins. Abundant wildlife, empty beaches, our kind of heaven in the summer months, hot fishing spot in the fall.
This is a favorite spot - among the dunes and in a tent. The basic sites are clean and the facilities are fine - cold shower only.
But….the key is the location. You are right next to the ocean and it's not overrun with people.
Go here and don't tell anyone!!!
No power, water or hookups. Bath house decent, and on the ocean. Take plenty of bug spray. View is stunning. Just be sure you know it’s on an island, and read the tide tables so you aren’t surprised. Enjoy!
We absolutely loved our stay at this rv park. Steps to the beach. Could watch dolphins from the overlook. Super clean and staff were always so friendly. Pool was super nice. I always recommend that friends stay here when traveling.
I camped two nights at Ocracoke in a corner spot tucked in between the sand dunes. It was absolute heaven on earth. I could walk over one small dune and be on the beach. The showers do NOT have hot water, so be prepared for that. It wasn’t a big deal for me, but if you’re traveling with kids it could be difficult. My favorite thing about this campground was the layout of the sites – many of them were very private with small dunes separating them, so you don’t feel like you’re just camped out in a field surrounded by other people. All in all, it was an ideal camping experience and the short drive into the town of Ocracoke is totally worth it. So many great things to see in do in a picturesque little Outer Banks town.
Nice park. It’s not a park with a lot of amenities. No pool, or put put or anything like that.
Take your bicycle or go for a stroll on the plentiful trails throughout this forest. Campsites have grated covers on the fire pits and the sites are fairly wooded. Nice host. Really enjoyed the beach, lizards and paths.
didn’t find a campground. just wasted time using gps. it led us to a Bryan camp which was closed to public ( in national forest? really? it’s national land! we should be able to access it with no restrictions!).
beautiful campground. Camphost Tanya was very sweet! we stopped here for one night and it was amazing! 10 dollars a night, you cant beat a price. just get enough mosquito repellent and you’ll be fine. don’t forget it’s nature! mosquito happens. overall good experience
just want to start by saying the camp host, Tanya, is awesome. super friendly and helpful. bathrooms were very clean and well stocked.
the flys were bitting, but the mosquitos were not terrible.
there is water access but no beach.
sites have a good amount of trees to give prIvacy.
$10 a night
Great primitive camping, tent only. There are water spigots, no electricity, and very clean , non smelly vault toilets. There are several short hiking trails that I would rate easy. There is also a swimming area that is free. We did have a run in with fire ants at our campsite. Overall, clean and quiet.
Not a whole lot going on at this site. The trail was washed out without warning. There are toilets available without running water. Bugs were bad but that’s to be expected. Not a bad place, not great either.
Cabins are rustic, but fully accommodating with kitchen conveniences. Get there by ferry or boat! I sailed over while the group brought their 4 wheel drive vehicle on the ferry. Feels like a world away from populated beaches. Built a fire on the beach at night, sailed and fished the Core Sound by day. We called it the "down-east hilton" cabin and loved every minute!
campground is great right next to the beach, nice bathrooms, good showers (cold h2o only). Rangers are great about advising spots based on the weather so you don’t wind up in a flooded area. Mosquitoes are wicked, but a small price to pay.
Short ferry ride from Harker’s Island. Prettiest water I’ve seen in NC, can be compared to the Caribbean! Fresh water and restrooms on island. Camp anywhere 100ft from buildings. Trees for shade, privacy, protection from wind more central on the island. The light house is beautiful! Wild horses just across the water on Shackleford Banks, which can also be camped- minus all the amenities.
I camped here for a music festival a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. The spot I stayed in was right on the creek and provided a beautiful sound backdrop for the campsite. The bathrooms and showers were really nice and clean. There are tons of places to hike right in the area with lots of waterfalls around.
This is a beautiful campground and we had a site with it’s own path to the beach which was very convenient. The bathhouse was clean but got VERY hot during the day. The campground Is very close to the pony pens and Is a quick drive to Ocracoke village. The biggest con of this campground is the lack of shade and the fact that the manmade dune blocks most of the wind. In the summer heat, it was stifling for tent camping. It was too hot for my northern blood. If I come back here, It would have to be earlier in the season or I would bring an air conditioner.
This is a tiny campground open to military, DOD employees and their family. Off season it’s pretty easy to get reservations. During the peak season, not as easy. This isn’t the place to come if you like your privacy as the sites are on top of each other. Electic, water, sewage and cable (bring your own cable) are included in price.