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This campground was nice. But the road noise was terrible. The first night we were in one of the sites right next to the road and there was traffic all night long. The second night we stayed at one of the sites over closer to the beach and it was a little better. FYI it is a longer walk than you think to the beach. We weren’t carrying any beach supplies but I can imagine with chairs, cooler etc. it could be￼ qu a chore. The warm showers were awesome! Outside the noise the campsite was nice. Very convenient to a lot of things to see and do in the Outer Banks.
Great campground if you want to be on the beach at the Outer Banks. 4 stars rather than 5 because of road noise and cars on the beach which I personally do not like. We have a camper van, did not use hook ups. It’s a wide open campground close to the road so there’s car noise during the day but not so much after dark. Bathrooms are clean. Showers are separate—basically an outdoor shower building. It’s a short walk through the sand dunes to the beach—beware of lots of vehicles lining up to fish. When we were there, it was very windy which is not good for sitting on the beach but it kept the insects away. It’s a quick drive to restaurants, shopping, lighthouses, Jockey Ridge (go for the sunset!) We chose this campground for its proximity (half hour) to the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge which is fantastic for kayaking and bear spotting.
We camped here with two tents for four nights in July 2020, and were impressed by the proximity to the beach (five minutes through the dunes, even with kids who whine about carrying things and a small puppy who needs to stop and smell everything) and general organization and cleanliness of facilities.
But the campsites are not very big and hardly separated from each other, especially those on inside of the loop (even numbers). Campsites on the side of the loop closest to the road are really close to the road and there is a lot of road noise (a dune in the middle of the loop helps dampen the sound on the lower-numbered side).
Official access to the bathhouse is only from the side nearest the office, so it’s a ways to go if you’re on the other end of the loop. Official access to the beach is between sites 9 & 11 and 19 & 21, but all the odd-numbered tent sites on that side of the loop have their own little paths.
Showers are cool/ambient temperature water only and unlit.
I would not advise camping here in summer without some sort of shade shelter. They are not joking when they say it’s exposed and there’s no tree cover.
Staff was helpful, friendly, and demonstrated good social distancing.
Local/federal regulations permit driving on the beach, and we had a weekend afternoon hemmed in by pickup trucks, even being honked at for “crossing the road” on foot, but weekdays were not so busy or rude.
We’ll go back if we can get an odd-numbered site below about 21.
The campground is in an awesome location. Walking distance from the beach or accessible by vehicle. If you have a four wheel drive, you can drive right into the beach. There is also a boardwalk that spans a lowland area and takes you to the dunes from the campground.
We had two sites. P57 and P62. 57 was barely usable. We were able to put stuff on the picnic table, but there wasn’t even room for the tent. 62 made up for it though. A little trail led from the parking spot into a massive area that had room for a large tent, picnic table, 5 chairs, and four hammocks. All of this was in a shaded area.
The shower/ bathroom facilities were great and the sites seemed secluded because of the trees that separated them.
We stayed in the Avon, Buxton, and Frisco area the entire time for surfing, paddle boarding, and just time at the beach.
The mosquitos were bad. Bring spray and candles for your campsite. Once we had citronella candles we were pretty good.
Shout out to Fox Watersports in Buxton for boards and lessons!!
The campground's location is awesome, it's right in the middle of the Outer Banks, close to Bodie Island Lighthouse, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Jockey Ridge State Park, Wright Brothers National Memorial, etc.
We stayed at the group site, which is basically just a patch of grass with a few picnic tables. We visited on Memorial Day 2018, and the first night was very pleasant, with nice cool breeze from the ocean. The second night though was hot, humid and brought an army of mosquitoes. The campground has no shade, so I wouldn't go there during the summer months. If you do, bring your own shelter or beach umbrella.
You can walk to the beach through the dunes, it's a very short walk. The bathrooms and showers are clean and nice.
When we stayed there in 2018, we could hear some noise from the bridge construction nearby. I'm assuming it's done by now, and even back then it wasn't too bad.