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Ocracoke Campground Overview

Location: Ocracoke Campground is situated within Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The only access to the island is by ferry, private boat, or private plane.

Season: Ocracoke Campground typically operates from spring through late fall, with exact dates varying by year. It is wise to check the current season dates before planning your trip.

Camping Options


  • The campground offers tent, trailer, and motorhome camping.
  • No hookups are available, but there is a dump station and potable water fill-up stations.

Campsites: Ocracoke Campground provides individual campsites that generally include a parking area, picnic table, and a grill. The sites are spaced out to provide some privacy.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations: Some campsites at Ocracoke Campground can be reserved in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service, while others may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fees: Camping fees are charged per night, and rates can vary. It is recommended to check updated fee information through the National Park Service or the recreation.gov website.

Campground Rules and Regulations

Camping Limit: There is typically a limit on the number of consecutive nights campers may stay, often set to 14 days during peak season.

Pets: Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times when outside your vehicle. They may not be left unattended and should be kept away from beach areas that are designated as no-pet zones.

Fires: Fires are generally allowed in provided grills or fire rings, but visitors should adhere to any fire restrictions that may be imposed during dry or windy conditions. Collecting wood or vegetation for fires within the park is prohibited.

Quiet Hours: To ensure a peaceful environment for all visitors, quiet hours are typically enforced from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Wildlife: Feeding wildlife is prohibited as it can harm the animals and disrupt their natural behaviors.

Activities and Amenities

Beach Access: The campground has easy access to Ocracoke's beautiful beaches, which are ideal for swimming, fishing, and beachcombing.

Amenities: Though the campground is primitive, it does have restrooms with flush toilets and cold water showers.

Recreation: Cape Hatteras National Seashore offers a variety of recreational activities such as bird watching, kayaking, kite surfing, and off-road vehicle driving (with a permit).

Visitor Center: On the island, there is an Ocracoke Visitor Center where you can find information, maps, brochures, and exhibits about the area's natural and cultural history.

Safety and Preparedness

  • Weather Conditions: Be prepared for changing weather conditions and bring appropriate gear for wind, rain, and strong sun.
  • Mosquitoes and Biting Insects: Insect repellent is highly recommended, especially during warmer months.
  • Swimming Safety: Be aware of strong currents and riptides; always swim near lifeguarded areas if possible.
  • Emergency Services: Due to the remote location of Ocracoke, emergency services may take longer to respond, and access to medical services is limited.

Before venturing out to Ocracoke Campground, it is advised to check the latest information with the National Park Service or the Cape Hatteras National Seashore's official website for any recent changes to campground operations or procedures.

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