Top Tent Camping near Cedar Island, NC

Looking for an adventure where you can explore Cedar Island and then fall asleep in your tent? Find the best information on tent camping near Cedar Island, including sites, reviews, and tips for getting the most out of your camping experience. From remote to easy-to-reach, these Cedar Island campsites are perfect for tent campers.

Best Tent Camping Sites Near Cedar Island, NC (37)

    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
    360 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) 475-9018.

    Nearby Attractions

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

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    • 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
    121 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

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    • 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

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    Frisco Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    46 Reviews
    136 Photos
    421 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.

    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.__

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (252) 475-9018.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Changes and cancellations to reservations follow Recreation.gov polices.

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

    $28 / night

    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

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    Cape Point — Cape Lookout National Seashore

    13 Reviews
    47 Photos
    146 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.

    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.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (252) 475-9018.

    • 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

    5.

    Teeter's Campground

    8 Reviews
    21 Photos
    62 Saves
    Ocracoke, North Carolina
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    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

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    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.

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    • 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

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    Cedar Creek Campground & Marina

    2 Reviews
    26 Photos
    76 Saves
    Cedar Island, North Carolina
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $28 - $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Croatan National Forest Oyster Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Croatan National Forest Oyster Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Croatan National Forest Oyster Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Croatan National Forest Oyster Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Croatan National Forest Oyster Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Croatan National Forest Oyster Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hatteras Sands Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hatteras Sands Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hatteras Sands Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hatteras Sands Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hatteras Sands Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hatteras Sands Campground

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    Hatteras Sands Campground

    15 Reviews
    33 Photos
    95 Saves
    Frisco, North Carolina

    Hatteras Island’s only campground located in the heart of Hatteras Village, in the scenic Outer Banks area of North Carolina.

    Set among beautiful canals and grassy fields, our resort has over 60 paved RV sites. Hatteras Sands Campground welcomes “big rigs” with many sites featuring water, sewer and electric hookups, cable and WiFi.

    On Hatteras Island, you can fish right from the beach or take a charter boat out to the deep blue water of the Gulf Stream. Take in the soulful coastal restaurants and interesting mom-and-pop shops. While your setting will be a bit more on the untamed side of nature, it will be a simpler and quieter part of the barrier islands.

    Hatteras Sands Cottages offer comforts while providing a camping experience. For a truly unique accommodation, stay in one of our newly renovated cottages.

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    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $47 - $200 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Point Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Point Campground

    10.

    Cedar Point Campground

    25 Reviews
    102 Photos
    138 Saves
    Swansboro, North Carolina

    Overview

    Cedar Point Campground and Recreation Area is located in eastern North Carolina at the junction of the White Oak River and the Bogue Sound, immediately adjacent to the Swansboro Inlet. It is within 1 mile of full service shopping, and within 2 miles of NC's Crystal Coast and the barrier island beach community of Bogue Banks. The campground is extremely busy and reservations are recommended but must be made 3 days in advance. Of the 36 campsites, 4 are considered first-come, first served campsites that cannot be reserved or held, so a person must physically be there with their camping equipment to purchase the campsite. Cedar Point campground has the option to use Scan & Pay system, but by the rules of recreation.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 White Oak River. Visitors can hike the Tidelands National Trail, a 1.9-mile path divided in two loops that lend themselves to wildlife viewing. Ospreys and the occasional dolphin can be viewed along the loops. The recreation area is also home to a picnic area and shallow draft boat launch.

    Facilities

    Canoeing and fishing are popular options. Power boating is allowed on the White Oak River. Visitors can hike the Tidelands National Trail, a 1.9-mile path divided in two loops that lend themselves to wildlife viewing. Ospreys and the occasional dolphin can be viewed along the loops. The recreation area is also home to a picnic area and shallow draft boat launch.

    Natural Features

    Cedar Point, at the mouth of the White Oak River, is bordered by a salt marsh and a coastal forest. The salt marsh, where fresh water meets salt water, stretches out like a sea of grass. This nutrient-rich wetland is a valuable habitat for commercial seafood, including fish, shrimp, crabs and oysters. The recreation area is part of the Croatan National Forest, a 160,000-acre tract on North Carolina's coast, bordered on three sides by tidal rivers and Bogue Sound.

    Nearby Attractions

    The campground is a short drive from the developed barrier island town of Bogue Banks.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (252) 638-5628.

    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
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $27 / night

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