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Places to Camp near Columbia, NC

Whether you're an RVer or tent camper, Columbia, NC is a great place to post up for the weekend—or longer. Columbia is a great camping destination for everyone. There are tons of nearby hikes, adventurous activities, and sights to see. You're sure to find the perfect spot for your North Carolina camping adventure.

Best Camping Sites Near Columbia, NC (42)

    Camper-submitted photo from Oregon Inlet Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Oregon Inlet Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Oregon Inlet Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Oregon Inlet Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Oregon Inlet Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
    Camper-submitted photo from Oregon Inlet Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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    Oregon Inlet Campground — Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    74 Reviews
    204 Photos
    564 Saves
    Nags Head, North Carolina

    Overview

    Oregon Inlet Campground is the northernmost campground on Cape Hatteras National Seashore. When camping here, you are within a short distance of the full service town of Nags Head to the north, and the world class fishing at Oregon Inlet to the south.

    Recreation

    The beach adjacent to the campground can be reached by foot from your campsite as well as by vehicle with a Cape Hatteras Off-Road Vehicle Permit. Popular activities include fishing, swimming, surfing, birding, and shell hunting. The calmer waters of the sound to the west of the campground can be accessed at the public boat launch at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. Popular sound side opportunities include crabbing, clamming, paddle-boarding, boating, and fishing.

    Facilities

    The beach adjacent to the campground can be reached by foot from your campsite as well as by vehicle with a Cape Hatteras Off-Road Vehicle Permit. Popular activities include fishing, swimming, surfing, birding, and shell hunting. The calmer waters of the sound to the west of the campground can be accessed at the public boat launch at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. Popular sound side opportunities include crabbing, clamming, paddle-boarding, boating, and fishing.

    Natural Features

    The campground is located on the east side of the barrier island, just a short walk through the dunes to the expansive waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Sea Oats and other native flowering plants blanket the dunes providing a picturesque backdrop for your camping experience.

    Nearby Attractions

    The historic Bodie Island Lighthouse is approximately four miles north of Oregon Inlet Campground on NC Highway 12. The Bodie Island Lighthouse is open seasonally for self-guided climbs. Climb tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and can only be purchased from www.recreation.gov. Tickets go on sale at 7am for that day's climbs only. Tickets may only be purchased on the same day of your intended climb. Coquina Beach Day Use Area is located directly across HWY 12 from the Bodie Island Lighthouse access road. The day use area provides a vehicle free beach perfect for families. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Coquina Beach is staffed with lifeguards to ensure the safety of visitors. Other amenities at Coquina Beach include a bathhouse with outdoor cold showers, flush toilet restrooms, water fountains, and a boardwalk to the beach.

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

    Charges & Cancellations

    Change Fee: A service fee may be charged at the time a modification is made depending on the changes. Cancellation Fee: A service fee will be withheld from any refunds for a cancelled reservation.

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

    $35 / night

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    Pettigrew State Park Campground

    12 Reviews
    33 Photos
    62 Saves
    Creswell, North Carolina
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $26 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Hatteras
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    Camp Hatteras

    30 Reviews
    89 Photos
    314 Saves
    Rodanthe, North Carolina

    Cape Hatteras KOA Resort is the ultimate oceanfront campground destination in NC. The Atlantic Ocean on one side and Pamlico sound on the other provide you with gorgeous water views, endless water activities and a vacation like no other.

    If you love being outdoors, then you will love OBX beach camping on Hatteras Island, NC. Our island retreat offers a much different vibe from the northern Outer Banks, as Rodanthe and the other island villages have a more laid-back feel, perfect for getting away from it all. This area still has all the same OBX offerings, though, from water sports to nature-inspired recreation.

    If you are ready to relax, unwind and slow down with some oceanfront camping in North Carolina, plan your beach vacation to Cape Hatteras KOA Resort.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $32 - $130 / 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
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    Goose Creek State Park Campground

    33 Reviews
    76 Photos
    159 Saves
    Bath, North Carolina
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Merchants Millpond State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Merchants Millpond State Park Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Merchants Millpond State Park Campground

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    Merchants Millpond State Park Campground

    23 Reviews
    65 Photos
    121 Saves
    Sunbury, North Carolina

    Located in Gates County 10 miles south of North Carolina's northeastern border with Virginia, Merchants Millpond State Park centers on a 760-acre millpond more than 190 years old. Hiking the surrounding trails or paddling the placid, shallow waters of the pond offer a great way to explore this wetland environment. Old-growth cypress trees adorned with Spanish moss create an "enchanted forest," particularly at Lassiter Swamp. Visitors have even spotted the American alligator here, at the northernmost point of its range.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $15 - $110 / night

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    OBX Campground

    10 Reviews
    37 Photos
    76 Saves
    Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

    Located on Colington Island in Kill Devil Hills, down the road from the Wright Brothers Memorial. We are just a few minutes away from the beach & conveniently located near many attractions. We offer nightly and weekly rates for 56 RV sites but do not have any tent sites available.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Market

    $50 - $90 / night

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    Dragon Ranch & Village

    1 Review
    46 Photos
    6 Saves
    Creswell, North Carolina

    Get Back To Nature At Dragon Fire Resorts Ranch 8.3 Acres to enjoy.

    This Private Ranch/Farm Property Is Only 10mins From Edenton NC, 45 min From Norfolk Va/Virginia Beach, 30 min From Elizabeth City NC, 35 min from Beautiful Outer Banks NC and Beautiful Virgin Beaches!!!

    Dragon’s Ranch is ideal for Van/Car/Truck Life, Tiny Homes, Shed Tiny Homes, Tent Camping, Small RVs/Small Travel Trailer 20 feet or less.

    Neighbors are very nice and friendly. There is a gas station 3/4 Doors down and a convenient Store 5mins down the road.

    The Albemarle Sound is 5mins away in our back yard. We have a beautiful forest to relax in.

    A beautiful Hiking and Bicycle/Dirt Bike trail.

    We DO have garbage pick up and light pole on property(But electrical has not been installed on property yet)

    You WILL need to bring your own Electric(Gas/Solar Generator) Supply and Water.

    Enjoy Near By Beaches 🏖 & 🎣 Fishing

    Up to 8 Guests, 2 Large or 3 Small Vehicles Per Lot

    • Pets
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash

    $15 - $39 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cape Hatteras/Outer Banks KOA Resort
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    Cape Hatteras/Outer Banks KOA Resort

    27 Reviews
    102 Photos
    210 Saves
    Rodanthe, North Carolina

    If you're looking for the best campground in the OBX, we've got you covered! Our charming campground is located right off the beach in the lovely village of Rodanthe, NC. This locale is a delightful blend of cedar-clad vacation rentals and wide-open beaches, making it the perfect backdrop for your getaway. Our variety of accommodations will fit every lifestyle and budget, and we offer direct Hatteras beach access with just a short jaunt to the Atlantic shoreline.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from North River Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from North River Campground
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    North River Campground

    4 Reviews
    8 Photos
    46 Saves
    Corolla, North Carolina

    North River Campground welcomes you to our new website. Whether you are a traveler or local resident of the surrounding area, North River Campground has something for everyone. Browse our site and discover all the things that North River Campground has to offer. We are conveniently located near the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Historic Albemarle region of North Carolina and the Tidewater Region of Virginia. Please feel free to call with any questions.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Outer Banks West - Currituck Sound KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Outer Banks West - Currituck Sound KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Outer Banks West - Currituck Sound KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Outer Banks West - Currituck Sound KOA
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    Outer Banks West - Currituck Sound KOA

    11 Reviews
    50 Photos
    63 Saves
    Corolla, North Carolina

    **Even MORE amenities **(all included with your stay)! We've added a water taxi, a nine-hole mini-golf course, fishing, kayaks, boats (pedal, banana, and row), fishing rods, fish cleaning stations, and a pedal cart track! Water sports equipment - kayaks, paddleboards, and floats - are now available at no additional charge for our campers.

    This coastal retreat is an outdoor enthusiasts' paradise, located just 40 minutes from the Outer Banks, and has stunning views of the Currituck Sound. Campers may choose from RV Rentalsdeluxe cabins, waterfront or inland RV sites, seasonal RV sites, and tent camping. This waterfront KOA has over a half-mile of shoreline, so there will be tons of fun on the water. Cast a line from four onsite fishing pierslaunch a boat from the campground's two ramps, or float on the water in our family swimming area. There's fun for the whole family on dry land. Organize a pickup game on the** volleyball court, ** kids can fly high on the jump pad, and pups will love the **dog park. **Our activities staff will be on hand to ensure there's never a dull moment. Our **7,500-square-foot recreation and events space **can accommodate groups of all sizes, and our Group Coordinator will be there to ensure events run smoothly from start to finish. Outer Banks West KOA is just 24 miles from H2OBX Waterpark, and shopping, dining, and entertainment are just a short drive away in Jarvisburg and Grandy.

    Escape and immerse yourself in nature at this secluded oasis.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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