Standard (tent/RV)
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Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Frisco Campground

Frisco Campground is part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Cape Hatteras 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

Campers have access to modern restrooms with flushing toilets, potable water, and outdoor unheated showers. Each campsite is equipped with a paved parking pad, picnic table, and a charcoal grill for cooking. There are no RV hook ups in the campground. Dumpsters and a recycling center are located at the entrance of the campground. Wooden boardwalks make it easy for campers to travel to and from the beach.

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. From the third Friday in April until Columbus Day it can be climbed with a ticket purchased on-site.

Sites
118
Fee Info
Payment is only accepted through Recreation.gov.  
Price
$28.00
Operator
National Park Service
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
No WiFi
Location
Frisco Campground is located in North Carolina
Latitude
35.2346 N
Longitude
-75.6088 W
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Directions
North (From Richmond, VA) Follow I-95 South to Richmond, VA. Take I-64 East toward Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA. Take I-64 or I-664 to Chesapeake, VA. From I-64, take Exit 291B to Route 168, the Chesapeake Expressway (a toll-road costing $3.00 - $6.00 each way). Once in North Carolina, Route 168 turns into US-158 East. Follow US-158 East through Nags Head, NC to the junction of NC-12 South. Continue on NC-12 South through the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, and Buxton. Once you reach Frisco take a left on Billy Mitchell Road and proceed to the campground. West (From Rocky Mount, NC) Follow US-64 East through Tarboro, Williamston, Plymouth, Columbia, and Manteo, crossing the Alligator River Bridge and the Virginia Dare Bridge. Keep going on US-64 East to Nags Head, NC, going over the Washington Baum Bridge, to the junction of NC-12 South. Turn right onto NC-12 South and you will be at the north entrance to Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Continue on NC-12 South through the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, and Buxton. Once you reach Frisco take a left on Billy Mitchell Road and proceed to the campground. South (From Florence, SC) Take I-95 North to Wilson, NC. Take US-264 East through Greenville, NC and Washington, NC. From Washington, NC, take US-17 to Williamston and follow US-64 East to Nags Head, NC and the junction of NC-12 South. (For an alternate route to NC-12 South, continue on I-95 North to Rocky Mount, NC. Take US-64 East through Tarboro, Williamston, Plymouth, Columbia, and Manteo, crossing the Alligator River Bridge and the Virginia Dare Bridge. Keep going on US-64 East to Nags Head, NC, going over the Washington Baum Bridge, to the junction of NC-12 South). Turn right onto NC-12 South and you will be at the north entrance to Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Continue on NC-12 South through the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, and Buxton. Once you reach Frisco take a left on Billy Mitchell Road and proceed to the campground.
30 Reviews of Frisco Campground
Woods next to the beach

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!!

Beside a swamp

The campground layout is nice, we had to move a picnic table to have a spot for our tent that wasn’t half in the grass. The area was teeming with mosquitoes in early June, and they bite through multiple layers of clothes.

Make sure you don’t face your tent entrance directly in the wind so you don’t blow the mosquitoes in.

If you want to go to the beach at night definitely bring a headlamp or flashlight because you’ll be taking a long wooden pathway across the swamp that’s next to the campgrounds. There was almost no one there after dark and it’s quite lovely on the beach.

The shower water is cold but there’s plenty of room. Portapotties and flush toilets are available.

Pretty good

Big campground with decent space between sites. Watch out for cacti and other prickly things in the grass.

Parked on the P loop to be closer to the beach boardwalk. He sites at the top are up the hill and have a nice view of the water.

Two of the bathrooms were open (post-Covid). They were ok. A used tampon on the floor of the shower turned us off!

They don’t have first come, first served anymore. Every site has to be reserved in advance.

The beach was pretty with lots of shells, but tons of 4x4 trucks and jeeps driving around was less than appealing to those who just want to walk on quiet beach.

One bar of Verizon service.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS PLACE

This campground feels built right into the dunes. It is a perfect place for a true Outer Banks experience. We enjoyed deer stopping by our camp site, and the wild, remote feeling here. It is dependent on the site you choose. Some are much more secluded than others. 

Pet friendly, Fire ring and picnic table at each site. We return here often. There's amazing, world-famous fishing in the area, so in Spring and Fall this place can be packed and hard to get a reservation. It's a little too hot in July and august so we tend to avoid it during those months. 

HIGHLIGHT: you can have a fire on the beach in this area and also drive on the beach. It's very peaceful and during certain times can be very remote. 

WARNING: Bring a pad for your tent. We stayed on two different sites here and the first one had cactus and sand spurs so long they punctured our air mattress, through the bottom of the tent and two blankets. They were so bad on this site, we moved to another site that was much better. While looking at sites, we did notice this issue on multiple sites.

Great sound views.

First time staying here in early November and what a nice campground. Reserved a site but when I pulled up to my spot it was all muddy and rutted up. Back up to the office I went and she said to pick any of the sites but the ones already reserved. Clean bathrooms. Hot showers. Cool tent sites in the trees. One thing I will say is I didn’t expect the mosquitos to be this bad in November. They are a different breed than what we have back home. Other than that just a normal good campground with added features to make your stay great. Would stay again but next time to try the cabins.

Pretty close to perfect

We had a wonderful first camping trip of 2019 at Frisco NPS campground. The perks to camping here in April would be: less bugs and less people! And it's not too hot. The beach is so beautiful. Our campsite 59 had an amazing view of the beach and campground, though it was too far away to walk to the beach. 

There are little cactuses everywhere so be careful!

My heaven on earth

This is the campground if you want to go beach camping. The natural mounds of sand and sea grass make for decent privacy. Depending on the spot you pick, the shore is a few steps away. You can drive to a small lot near the beach entrance if your lot is far away. The night sky is breathtaking. The beach is usually pretty quiet, more fishermen than anything else. If you want to disconnect and leave with salt still in your hair and lips, this is a great place for it.

summer camping

Stayed on a peak heat weekend and there is little to no shade on the site. About a mile away from beach access. No fire pits, only grills available. Recommend mosquito barriers in the summer months.

Beautiful view!

I’ve been here a few times and the sound side sites are amazing. They also have sites up in the trees that are more private which I really enjoyed. Very cool spot!

Beautiful, vegetated dunes camping

A nice developed campground with sites dispersed amongst the dunes along the Atlantic Ocean on Cape Hatteras. The mosquitos come out in force after sunsets but, the sunsets alone are worth is. Pleasant breezes, beautiful scenery and tranquility. Adequate facilities and a step price ($28) for a tent only site.