Best Camping near Cedar Island, NC

Cedar Island is an ideal place for camping adventures of all kinds. Discover secluded campsites where you can reconnect with nature. Or maybe you like to bring your family and friends along. Either way, there are Cedar Island campgrounds just for you. You're sure to find the perfect campground for your Cedar Island camping trip.

Best Camping Sites Near Cedar Island, NC (51)

    Camper-submitted photo from Ocracoke Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Ocracoke Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Ocracoke Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Ocracoke Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Ocracoke Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Ocracoke Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    1.

    Ocracoke Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    55 Reviews
    155 Photos
    362 Saves
    Ocracoke, North Carolina

    Overview

    Located in the famous Outer Banks area of the stunning North Carolina coast, this campground is perfect for a beach getaway trip.

    Recreation

    The seashore provides a place for active recreation or for quiet reflection. Campers can visit a lighthouse, look for seashells, go fishing and clamming or just sit back and enjoy the peace and beauty of the white sandy beaches. More active recreational activities include swimming, kayaking and windsurfing. Bird and wildlife viewing is also a popular pastime for campers. The seashore provides a home and habitat for creatures large and small, on land and in the water.

    Facilities

    The seashore provides a place for active recreation or for quiet reflection. Campers can visit a lighthouse, look for seashells, go fishing and clamming or just sit back and enjoy the peace and beauty of the white sandy beaches. More active recreational activities include swimming, kayaking and windsurfing. Bird and wildlife viewing is also a popular pastime for campers. The seashore provides a home and habitat for creatures large and small, on land and in the water.

    Natural Features

    Ocracoke Campground sits on a barrier island along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The shore a recreational oasis for beach lovers. This ribbon of sand provides some of the most dazzling scenery that the Atlantic coast has to offer.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (252) 475-9054.

    Nearby Attractions

    Nearby Ocracoke Village offers restaurants, gift shops, grocery stores, a gas station and tackle shop.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $28 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Oyster Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Oyster Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Oyster Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Oyster Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Oyster Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Oyster Point Campground

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    Oyster Point Campground

    23 Reviews
    51 Photos
    122 Saves
    Morehead City, North Carolina

    Overview

    Oyster Point Campground is located on the banks of the Newport River, near the town of Newport, NC. The campground is just a short drive to the beaches of Atlantic Beach, NC and other coastal fishing destinations. The campground can get very busy and reservations are reccamended but must be made 3 days in advance. Of the 15 campsites, 1 are considered a first come-first served campsite that cannot be reserved or held, so a person must physically be there with their camping equipment to purchase the campsite. Oyster Point campground has the option to use Scan & Pay system, but by the rules of recreaiton.gov it may only be used for first come-first served sites. Please make sure to contact a campground host to ensure availability before paying for any campsite. Failure to check with the campground host for availability may result in the loss of your camping fee.

    Recreation

    Canoeing and fishing are popular options. Power boating is allowed on the Newport River, however, the boat lanch at this location is a small hand launch with no vehicle access that you may use a canoe or kayak cart/dolly for assistance to get your boat to the water if desired. The Croatan Saltwater Trail weaves south between the barrier islands of the Bogue Sound and north on Adams Creek connecting to the Neuse River. This campground is also the trailhead for the Neusiok trail which is a 21-mile hiking trail that meanders through cypress swamps, loblolly pines and vast bogs of thick vegetation.

    Facilities

    Canoeing and fishing are popular options. Power boating is allowed on the Newport River, however, the boat lanch at this location is a small hand launch with no vehicle access that you may use a canoe or kayak cart/dolly for assistance to get your boat to the water if desired. The Croatan Saltwater Trail weaves south between the barrier islands of the Bogue Sound and north on Adams Creek connecting to the Neuse River. This campground is also the trailhead for the Neusiok trail which is a 21-mile hiking trail that meanders through cypress swamps, loblolly pines and vast bogs of thick vegetation.

    Natural Features

    Situated in the coastal pine forest and intercostal waterway of the Croatan National Forest, which encompasses 160,000 acres in eastern North Carolina, the Newport River is 12 miles long and opens into the Bogue sound. It is popular with anglers and flatwater paddlers.

    Nearby Attractions

    The campground is just a short drive to the towns of Newport, NC and Morehead City, NC. These towns offer full service grocery, retail, and an abundant selection of restaurants.

    Charges & Cancellations

    There is a $10.00 fee to cancel Reservations. Reservations canceled within the 3 days of arrival may result in the loss of the fee for one or more nights stay. Refunds for weather or checking out early will not be considered

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Cabins

    $10 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Frisco Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Frisco Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Frisco Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Frisco Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Frisco Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Frisco Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    3.

    Frisco Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    46 Reviews
    136 Photos
    423 Saves
    Frisco, North Carolina

    Overview

    Frisco Campground is part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Camping here will put you in a prime location to experience the history, culture, and breathtaking beauty of North Carolina's barrier islands.

    Recreation

    On a walk around the Frisco Campground visitors can enjoy the rolling topography, views of the Atlantic Ocean, and at night, the sweeping beacon of the nearby Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Boardwalks from the campground to the beach give pedestrians easy access to enjoy activities such as surfing, swimming, and fishing. There is also an off-road vehicle (ORV) ramp at the entrance of the campground for beach driving with a Cape Hatteras ORV permit.

    Facilities

    On a walk around the Frisco Campground visitors can enjoy the rolling topography, views of the Atlantic Ocean, and at night, the sweeping beacon of the nearby Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Boardwalks from the campground to the beach give pedestrians easy access to enjoy activities such as surfing, swimming, and fishing. There is also an off-road vehicle (ORV) ramp at the entrance of the campground for beach driving with a Cape Hatteras ORV permit.

    Natural Features

    The elevated dunes in Frisco Campground afford campers the opportunity to have an ocean view from some of the campsites. Dense vegetation creates a sense of privacy not present in the other campgrounds on Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (252) 475-9054.

    Nearby Attractions

    Frisco campground is within a short drive of the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The beacon gained fame in 1999 when it was picked up and moved 2900 ft. to its current location. It is also the tallest brick lighthouse in the country.__

    Charges & Cancellations

    Changes and cancellations to reservations follow Recreation.gov polices.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash

    $28 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from South Core Banks -- Beach Camping — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from South Core Banks -- Beach Camping — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from South Core Banks -- Beach Camping — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from South Core Banks -- Beach Camping — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from South Core Banks -- Beach Camping — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from South Core Banks -- Beach Camping — Cape Lookout National Seashore

    4.

    South Core Banks -- Beach Camping — Cape Lookout National Seashore

    8 Reviews
    37 Photos
    14 Saves
    Marshallberg, North Carolina

    Dispersed camping along the ocean beach of this 20 mile long barrier island -- this is backcountry-style camping -- all camping is done directly on the ocean beach, there are no camp sites. This area is reached only by ferry. Both tent camping and vehicle camping is allowed. Vehicles -- 4x4 highly recommended -- must be able to drive on the soft sand of the beach and the sand trail behind the dunes known as the "back road". There are no hard surfaces on the island. Practice Leave No Trace principles.

    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Cape Point — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Cape Point — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Cape Point — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Cape Point — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Cape Point — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Cape Point — Cape Lookout National Seashore

    5.

    Cape Point — Cape Lookout National Seashore

    13 Reviews
    47 Photos
    147 Saves
    Ocracoke, North Carolina

    Overview

    Cape Point Campground sites have a shortened reservation window. Due to the ground saturation and potential for flooding we encourage you to check the sites prior to paying. Cape Point Campground is centrally located to all of the attractions on Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The campground puts you within walking distance of arguably the best fishing and surfing on the east coast.

    Recreation

    A short walk through the dunes leads you to the beach at the infamous Cape Hatteras. Many trophy fish have been landed from the point, and it has been a surfing destination for decades. If you prefer to drive to the beach you can access one of the many off-road vehicle ramps within a short distance of the campground. Exploration of the barrier islands beyond their beaches is possible on a hike through the nearby maritime forest. The Buxton Woods Trail is a 3/4 mile loop that can be accessed just north of the campground at the Buxton Woods Picnic Area on Lighthouse Road.

    Facilities

    A short walk through the dunes leads you to the beach at the infamous Cape Hatteras. Many trophy fish have been landed from the point, and it has been a surfing destination for decades. If you prefer to drive to the beach you can access one of the many off-road vehicle ramps within a short distance of the campground. Exploration of the barrier islands beyond their beaches is possible on a hike through the nearby maritime forest. The Buxton Woods Trail is a 3/4 mile loop that can be accessed just north of the campground at the Buxton Woods Picnic Area on Lighthouse Road.

    Natural Features

    The campground is nestled between rolling dunes to the south and the largest remaining tract of maritime forest on the North Carolina coast to the north. The environment is naturally suited to accommodate many bird and mammal species. A large heard of white tail deer frequent the area.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (252) 475-9054.

    Nearby Attractions

    The iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is located just north of Cape Point Campground on Lighthouse Road next to the Visitor Center. Standing at 198 feet, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States. It has undoubtedly saved the lives of many mariners navigating around the treacherous Diamond Shoals. The Museum of the Sea is also located near the Visitor Center within the shadow of the lighthouse. The museum's operating hours vary with the season.Buxton Beach is a family friendly swimming destination staffed with lifeguards from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It is a short walk or bike ride from the campground. Parking is available at the old lighthouse site adjacent to the current location of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Teeter's Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Teeter's Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Teeter's Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Teeter's Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Teeter's Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Teeter's Campground

    6.

    Teeter's Campground

    8 Reviews
    21 Photos
    63 Saves
    Ocracoke, North Carolina
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Island Cabin Camp — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Island Cabin Camp — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Island Cabin Camp — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Island Cabin Camp — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Island Cabin Camp — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Island Cabin Camp — Cape Lookout National Seashore

    7.

    Great Island Cabin Camp — Cape Lookout National Seashore

    5 Reviews
    40 Photos
    117 Saves
    Marshallberg, North Carolina

    Overview

    Great Island Cabin Camp is located on South Core Banks within beautiful Cape Lookout National Seashore just off the mainland of North Carolina. The historic camp has been a favorite of fisherman and beach goers for many years. The camp can only be reached by boat, adding an element of both privacy and adventure. Visitors can travel by personal boats or reserve a spot on the vehicle ferry, which cruises across scenic Core Sound to South Core Banks and the Great Island Cabin Camp. 4WD, high clearance vehicles are strongly recommended due to deep sand on the Back Road and the oceanside beaches. There are NO paved roads on North or South Core Banks. An Off-Road Vehicle Driving Permit is required and must be purchased from Recreation.gov prior to arrival. Once you arrive on the island, show proof of payment for the Off-Road Vechicle Driving Permit to the park staff at the Great Island Cabin Camp Office or law enforcement Rangers/staff on North Core Banks, and they will issue you the corresponding decal for your vehicle.

    Recreation

    The park's sandy beaches are a prime location for fishing, exploring, beachcombing/shelling, swimming, birding or simply relaxing. Spring and fall at Cape Lookout offer what many consider to be some of the best fishing on the Atlantic Coast. Kayaking is a popular activity at the park. With 112 miles of uninhabited shoreline ranging from docile sound to pounding surf, Cape Lookout National Seashore has become one of the premier paddling destinations on the Mid-Atlantic Coast.

    Facilities

    The park's sandy beaches are a prime location for fishing, exploring, beachcombing/shelling, swimming, birding or simply relaxing. Spring and fall at Cape Lookout offer what many consider to be some of the best fishing on the Atlantic Coast. Kayaking is a popular activity at the park. With 112 miles of uninhabited shoreline ranging from docile sound to pounding surf, Cape Lookout National Seashore has become one of the premier paddling destinations on the Mid-Atlantic Coast.

    Natural Features

    Cape Lookout National Seashore is a low, narrow ribbon of sand running from Ocracoke Inlet to Beaufort Inlet. At 56 miles long, these barrier islands consist mainly of bare beaches with low dunes covered by scattered grasses, flat grasslands bordered by dense vegetation and large expanses of salt marsh along the sound.

    Nearby Attractions

    Cape Lookout Lighthouse, historic Cape Village

    Charges & Cancellations

    Please note: Customers who cancel a cabin reservation less than 14 days prior to the arrival date will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee. Refunds resulting from storm closures will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • Trash
    • Toilets
    • Alcohol

    $120 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Goose Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goose Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goose Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goose Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goose Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goose Creek State Park Campground

    8.

    Goose Creek State Park Campground

    33 Reviews
    76 Photos
    160 Saves
    Bath, North Carolina

    Goose Creek State Park Campground, near Washington, NC, is a gem for anyone looking to escape into nature. This place has it all: from secluded tent sites right by the water to full hookup RV spots. The campground is open year-round, so you can enjoy its beauty in any season.

    One of the standout features here is the cleanliness and maintenance of the facilities. The bathrooms and showers are new and well-kept, making your stay comfortable. If you're into kayaking, there's a convenient launch area and storage racks for your gear. For those who prefer a bit more comfort, there are cabins available, including one that's fully handicap accessible with a paved path to the bathrooms and picnic tables designed for wheelchair use.

    The campground is also big rig friendly, and pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. Firewood is available for purchase, and fires are allowed, making it easy to enjoy a cozy evening by the campfire.

    Activities abound with numerous trails for hiking, a nature center at the park's entrance, and a swim beach. The trails are well-marked and maintained, offering a great way to explore the park's diverse landscapes, from marshes to woodlands.

    Visitors have praised the spaciousness and privacy of the sites, noting that even on busy weekends, noise isn't an issue. The park's staff is friendly and helpful, ensuring a pleasant stay for all campers.

    Whether you're in a tent, RV, or cabin, Goose Creek State Park Campground offers a peaceful retreat with plenty of amenities and activities to keep you entertained. Just remember to pack some bug spray, as the mosquitoes can be quite persistent, especially in the warmer months.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Creek Campground & Marina
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Creek Campground & Marina
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Creek Campground & Marina
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Creek Campground & Marina
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Creek Campground & Marina
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Creek Campground & Marina

    9.

    Cedar Creek Campground & Marina

    3 Reviews
    27 Photos
    78 Saves
    Cedar Island, North Carolina

    Cedar Creek Campground and Marina is your perfect coastal getaway. Nestled along serene waters, our family-friendly retreat offers everything you need for a memorable outdoor adventure. Enjoy convenient access to our private boat ramp, ideal for exploring the waterways. Relax by our sparkling pool or unwind in one of our spacious tent sites surrounded by nature. For RV enthusiasts, we provide full hookup sites with all the amenities you require. Whether you're fishing, boating, or simply soaking in the coastal charm, Cedar Creek Campground and Marina is your home away from home on the Carolina coast."

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $25 - $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Long Point Cabin Camp — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Long Point Cabin Camp — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Long Point Cabin Camp — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Long Point Cabin Camp — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Long Point Cabin Camp — Cape Lookout National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Long Point Cabin Camp — Cape Lookout National Seashore

    10.

    Long Point Cabin Camp — Cape Lookout National Seashore

    3 Reviews
    15 Photos
    97 Saves
    Cedar Island, North Carolina

    Overview

    **Due to the amount of damage inflicted by Hurricane Dorian in September 2019, Long Point Cabins are not available. Please check the Current Conditions page on the park website for status.**. Long Point Cabin Camp is located on North Core Banks within beautiful Cape Lookout National Seashore just off the mainland of North Carolina. The historic camp has been a favorite of fisherman and beach goers for many years. The camp can only be reached by boat, adding both privacy and adventure to the trip. Visitors can cross scenic Core Sound to North Core Banks in their personal boat or use the vehicle ferry to bring their personal vehicles across for driving the oceanside beaches.

    Recreation

    The park's sandy beaches are a prime location for fishing, exploring, shelling, swimming, birding and simply relaxing. Spring and fall at Cape Lookout offer what many consider to be some of the best fishing on the Atlantic Coast. Kayaking is a popular activity at the park. With 112 miles of uninhabited shoreline ranging from docile sound to pounding surf, Cape Lookout National Seashore has become one of the premier paddling destinations on the Mid-Atlantic Coast.

    Facilities

    The park's sandy beaches are a prime location for fishing, exploring, shelling, swimming, birding and simply relaxing. Spring and fall at Cape Lookout offer what many consider to be some of the best fishing on the Atlantic Coast. Kayaking is a popular activity at the park. With 112 miles of uninhabited shoreline ranging from docile sound to pounding surf, Cape Lookout National Seashore has become one of the premier paddling destinations on the Mid-Atlantic Coast.

    Natural Features

    Cape Lookout National Seashore is a low, narrow ribbon of sand running from Ocracoke Inlet on the northeast side to Beaufort Inlet on the southwest side. At 56 miles long, these barrier islands consist mainly of bare beaches with low dunes covered by scattered grasses, flat grasslands bordered by dense vegetation and large expanses of salt marsh along the sound.

    Nearby Attractions

    Historic Portsmouth Village

    Charges & Cancellations

    Please note: Customers who cancel a cabin reservation less than 14 days prior to the arrival date will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee. Refunds resulting from storm closures will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Group
    • Market

    $123 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Cedar Island, NC?

According to TheDyrt.com, Cedar Island, NC offers a wide range of camping options, with 51 campgrounds and RV parks near Cedar Island, NC and 2 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Cedar Island, NC?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Cedar Island, NC is Ocracoke Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore with a 4.6-star rating from 55 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Cedar Island, NC?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 2 free dispersed camping spots near Cedar Island, NC.

What parks are near Cedar Island, NC?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 1 parks near Cedar Island, NC that allow camping, notably Cape Lookout National Seashore and B. Everett Jordan Lake.