This National Park Sevice campground is located on Cape Hatteras National Seashore on 13 miles of pristine beach. The Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound are both within walking distance. The quaint village of Ocracoke is nearby with many historic homes and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Ocracoke Island camping options include this large, well-maintained campground with a total of 136 campsites to choose from. Usually, the campground is open from early April through late November.
Fabulous location! Getting there is half the fun. Take a 2 hour ferry ride to the island. Drive through the quaint town to get to the secluded campground. Huge dunes between campground and beach. Sites are well spaced. Hardly any shade so take your own, if you can. Just across the street, on the other side of the island, is the bay. Water is less than knee deep for as far as you can see….a fun place to play! No hookups and only cold water, primitive style showers.
If you love the beach you will love it here! Go to sleep hearing the ocean, wake up early to go over the sand dunes to see a beautiful sunrise. There is no electric or hot water in the showers, but that hasn’t stopped us in three years!
Site was clean and well maintained. Basic Beach camping on this beautiful island!
We fully enjoyed the beach. Kids were able to surf with program at the local surf shop. Village is recovering from a Hurricane but it had some nice restaurants. The high temperatures would probably keep us from camping in July again.
This place is such a hidden gem, on such a remote island! Though we did hit some snags - We tent camped and unfortunately there was a horrific thunder storm one of the nights. The campground is right next to the beach on low ground so does flood easily. We stayed in B010 and our tent ground did not flood, but the parking spot did (no big deal) but sites around the back half of the campground further from the beach were completely flooded. It is also terrifying to tent camp during a lightning storm here because your tent is the tallest thing around. Also the mosquitos are AWFUL. But with the negative experiences aside, we would absolutely stay here again (perhaps with an RV instead…). The campground is located a bit down the main highway, so you are still a short 5-10 minute right to town if you so please, or you can escape into the coast for a truly remote experience. All sites are separated from the beach by the sand dunes, and it's a short walk up/down the dunes to the beach. The beach itself is very private - we went during Fourth of July weekend and still only saw a few others on the beach (I imagine because it's a bit further away/ hard to get to for non campers.) There are amenities (bathroom, and a separate shower stall) but the showers were cold and mosquito-infested (they bite you as you are trying to shower - another reason I think I'd come back with an RV… lol!) There was also no water source here - I believe NPS turned off all water fountains due to covid, and water is hard to come by / expensive on the island, so bring your own jugs!! The campground itself is a mix of more shaded, secluded spots, and wide open grassy field sites. It's a mix of RV, pop ups, and tents. There are no fires allowed but each site comes with a picnic table and charcoal grill. The campground is very quiet and dark after dusk so you truly feel like you're remote, and you can even hear the sound of the ocean crashing beyond the dunes as you sleep! Definitely bring LOTS of bug spray and citronella candles, I lived in Florida so am no stranger to mosquitos, but the bugs here are no joke. I also suggest bringing a screenroom with fine netting for your site - I never believed in these screen canopies before but I am now converted. It was a life saver!
July 4th trip with family and dog. Easy access to amazing dog friendly beach, few minutes walk from camp spot just over the dunes. Park does great job maintaining both restrooms and grounds. One of coolest beaches we've ever been to, extremely secluded and great for kids/dog and swimming. D Loop: # 28 inside loop was decent spot for tents only with better breeze than some of outer spots that are surrounded with brush. Town of Ocracoke is really neat, drive thru on the way to campground from ferry. Did not venture out too much do to covid, but would love to visit in the future. Cons: Mosquitos! Will eat you alive at night, fine during the day; just come prepared. Also, large group to sites down played loud music from their cars both nights of our stay till 10pm. Rangers drove by them but did not tell them to turn down, I understand it was a holiday weekend but more should have been done. Overall great spot, would pick a different time of year next time due to mosquitos but will return!
A great National Park Service Campground! If you are lucky you can get a site with private access to the beach. You can't reserve a specific site online so you have to choose it when you get there. We camped here in October, so we had tons to choose from!
The campsite was multi-tiered with a flat grassy area with a picnic table at the bottom, a path to another flat sandy area where we put our tent, and then a path over the dune to the beach. The bathrooms have cold showers and are pretty basic. No fires at this campground but you can have a fire in the grill.
Ocracoke is such a special place with lots of fun things to do and see in town or just spend the whole time at the beach!
You sleep to the sound of the waves crashing