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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We stayed at the Frisco Campground with our two kids (8yrs & 19mos), two dogs, & lizard for three days in our tent trailer. We picked site A4 which put us at the top of a hill, close enough to the bathrooms and showers. Facilities were very well kept. Showers were cold but after spending all day at the beach is incredibly refreshing. Sites each had a small paved slip which accommodated our trailer and our Jeep just fine with room to lounge in our chairs. Additionally they each had a good sized picnic table and charcoal grill. Only charcoal cooking fires in the grills were permitted since the whole campground is the grassy dunes. Just outside the campground is ORV Ramp 49 which puts you right on the beach as long as you picked up a permit (we got the 10 day for $50 online). Driving onto the beach with everything you need packed in the Jeep is a convenient game changer when it comes to spendin the whole day on the beach! Free air was just on the the main road off the entrance to Frsico which was convenient when we came off the beach.
We will say it was hot. We stayed over the Fourth of July holiday in the dead of Summer. Beach was gorgeous, close and refreshing. Campsites had no relief from the heat. High humidity kept the temperatures at a steady 95-100 with little cool off at night. We cut our stay and left early as we couldn't get comfortable. Sites accommodated RVs and trailers for size but offered no hook ups. We knew this going in but we were not prepared for the humidity which seemed uncommonly high. We'll be back in the cooler months or with a generator to support the A/C. Additionally there is prickly pear cactus that grows in the sand by the brush. Dogs picked up the prickles several times when we first got there but quickly adapted. Keep your feet covered and stick to established roads or paths.
We tried camping here for one night during a beach trip…but between the bugs and the swampy air we were happy to pack up and get back to the beach house in the morning. The sunrise was very beautiful, though! Guess I'm just not much of a beach camper.
This campground gave our group a beautiful location but it would probably be easier in a camper or RV. This is a very sandy campground with tiny cacti everywhere. With children this was a rough experience. With the wind it was impossible to get our grill lit and we did not even have fires. Which meant going into town for some BBQ! That was actually very fun followed by an evening hike to the lighthouse. The restrooms were nice here its just sandy and windy. I will admit is was nice to have access so close to the beach.
We stayed here on a recent OBX road trip and this was by far our favorite stop. Our site perched at the top of a dune brought nice views and a great breeze It was a short walk to the beach and not a bad drive to the nearby Hatteras Lighthouse. This is a great spot for stargazing as the park Is trying to get certified as a Dark Sky Park. The campground was pretty empty when we visited otherwise there wouldn’t have been a lot of privacy.
My husband and I went here for our honeymoon in 2015. We were impressed with the campground and the closeness to the beach. However, we paid for 2 nights and only stayed 1. This is because the ticks just hatched and our campsite was infested as were many others. I believe this was due to the time of year we stayed (the rangers informed us it was a bad year for ticks). But it didn't stop us from going back. The second time we stayed here we stayed in a perimeter campsite that was GORGEOUS! The only thing I could say about this time was the walk to the beach was longer than expected.
This campground is close to a convenient store where you can almost find everything you need. But it is still a beautiful drive to a food lion a couple of miles up the island.
The campground is cheap to stay and staff is friendly
The walk to the beach is on a board walk that turns into sand not wheelchair accessible.
There are some campsites that have great trees for hammock camping. These are located at the North perimeter of the campground map.
Wildlife is little. Be aware there are small Frogs in the showers.
I suggest the following activities while visiting:
Climb the lighthouse
Horseback ride on the beach
We plan on staying here everytime we visit OBX.
We tent camped on the first weekend the campground opened this spring and brought our dog. We had our choice of campsites. Sites along the back side of the perimeter loop have a view of the ocean while sites on the front side of the perimeter loop are closer to the boardwalks leading to the beaches. Sites are on the larger side for the most part and many have some sense of privacy. This is the only Park run campground in Cape Hatteras National Seashore that has any bit of shade. Showers are not heated and bath houses are clean but basic (they do have soap). Watch out for cactus and sand spurs. There were no bugs yet so our screen room was not necessary. The rangers were extremely helpful and kind, suggesting local restaurants and activities. There is a trail to the Cape Point Campground and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse but it is quite long. There is a beach access ramp right next to the ranger station if you want to drive your 4wd vehicle on the beach. If you need ice, gas, basic groceries, a sweatshirt, or fishing gear, Frisco Rod and Gun is only about a mile and opens early and closes late.
The outerbanks are a special place!!!!
You can 4x4 on the beach get beer in a drive through… and there are TONS of places to camp. Of them this spot is pretty great!!!
The camping here is right off the beach.
This is typical old school statie park camping which means no hook ups or hot showers but an amazing location, potable water and cold showers. (no electric) Personally I like primitive camping so this is lux.
But hey… forget about the amenities… THE BEACH!!!
Wonderful and open during a summer weekday. a little buggy in August but nothing that was too bothersome! Saw lots of bonfires at night along the Rodanthe coast and had to join in :)
We had the campground almost to ourselves - it was high hurricane season and schools had started by late August. We actually bailed on our three night stay a bit early because of Tropical Storm warning. The beach is very nice, very near. Bathrooms are nice, many of the sites have a great view of the ocean. We selected a secluded spot, I think it was #41, that had a tiny walk from the designated car parking spot. I am alrea
Might be one of the best places to camp on the beach and score great waves on the east coast. Can get a little mosquito ish at certain times of the year. Amazing place to be on the Cape Hatteras Barrier Island! South Swell!!