Best Camping near Swan Quarter, NC

Whether you're a tent camper, an RVer, or just passing through, Swan Quarter, NC has a lot to offer. Swan Quarter is an adventure-filled destination for those who love the outdoorsy camper lifestyle. But it's also great for those who prefer to spend time near the city, exploring and sightseeing. Find the best campgrounds near Swan Quarter, plus reviews and photos from other campers like you.

Best Camping Sites Near Swan Quarter, NC (53)

    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.

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    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $28 / 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

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    Goose Creek State Park Campground

    33 Reviews
    76 Photos
    161 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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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    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
    424 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 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
    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.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Pettigrew State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pettigrew State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pettigrew State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pettigrew State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pettigrew State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pettigrew State Park Campground

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    Pettigrew State Park Campground

    12 Reviews
    33 Photos
    66 Saves
    Creswell, North Carolina

    Welcome to Pettigrew State Park Campground! Nestled near the quaint town of Creswell, NC, this spot offers a unique blend of history, nature, and relaxation. If you're into camping with a touch of history, you've hit the jackpot here. The campground is right next to an old plantation, which makes for a fascinating visit and some pretty cool family photos.

    The campground itself is pretty straightforward. You won't find electric or sewer hookups, but there are showers and toilets to keep you comfortable. Firewood is available for a reasonable price, though it might be a bit damp sometimes. Each site comes with a picnic table and a fire ring, perfect for those evening campfires. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    Lake Phelps is a short hike away and offers a great spot for swimming, boating, and fishing. The lake is shallow, making it perfect for kids to splash around safely. If you're into hiking, the trails here are a treat. The Moccasin Trail is a favorite, but keep an eye out for local wildlife—some campers have had close encounters with snakes and even bears!

    For those interested in history, the nearby Somerset Place offers a deep dive into the area's past, including its more somber aspects. It's a great educational stop that adds a layer of depth to your visit.

    In summary, Pettigrew State Park Campground is a fantastic spot for a laid-back camping experience with a side of history and nature. Just remember to bring bug spray and maybe a kayak if you want to explore the lake more thoroughly. Enjoy your stay!

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

    $26 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Rose Bay Preserve

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    Rose Bay Preserve

    4 Reviews
    1 Photo
    1 Save
    Swan Quarter, North Carolina

    Rates:

    Monthly: $200 per month

    Daily: $50 per day

    Note: additional fees may apply.

    Amenities:

    Electrical hookups (30 & 50-amp) [Separate]

    Water & sewer hookups [Included]

    Boat ramp / pier for docking on property

    Close proximity to historic waterfront towns!!

    10 minutes to Lake Mattamuskeet

    20 minutes to Belhaven

    45 minutes to Washington, NC

    1 hour to Manteo

    10 minutes to the Ocracoke ferry terminal

    10 minutes to the Belle Island Pier

    Although we have full sites available, we also offer boondocking sites by special request!

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

    $40 - $50 / 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

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    Teeter's Campground

    8 Reviews
    21 Photos
    63 Saves
    Ocracoke, North Carolina
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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    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
    98 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.

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

    $47 - $200 / night

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

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    Cape Hatteras/Outer Banks KOA Resort

    27 Reviews
    102 Photos
    215 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.

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    • Electric Hookups
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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Swan Quarter, NC?

According to TheDyrt.com, Swan Quarter, NC offers a wide range of camping options, with 53 campgrounds and RV parks near Swan Quarter, NC and 1 free dispersed camping spot.

Which is the most popular campground near Swan Quarter, NC?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Swan Quarter, 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 Swan Quarter, NC?

According to TheDyrt.com, there is 1 free dispersed camping spot near Swan Quarter, NC.

What parks are near Swan Quarter, NC?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 2 parks near Swan Quarter, NC that allow camping, notably Cape Lookout National Seashore and B. Everett Jordan Lake.