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This campground on Ocracoke was very clean. The check-in was very easy. Just pick your on spot. You are really close to the beach. We did. It se the bathhouses because we were only there one night. The only downfall was you could not run your generators at night. In July it was very hot even with a little breeze. There is no electric or water. There is a dump station across the street. Very easy for you to get to. It alsl was water for fillip available there. Look forward to going g back in cooler temperatures.
The Ocracoke campsite is very convenient and inexpensive way to trade on the Outer Banks. There are tent sites right next to the dunes. There are tent sites at the middle of the campground, on the grass, close to the bathroom and showers. The beach area is beautiful and it is a walking distance from the camp. However, the camp site doesn't seem to be well run. We arrived on early Saturday afternoon and there wasn't anyone at the gate. The instructions were left to find a site and mark the site. The sites that were marked as empty were full. My big issue were the bathroom and showers. We were there at the early season, with half empty camp site but bathrooms were not as well kept and it seemed there was always a wait. Most of the showers didn't work because door was broken or water wasn't running. Overall, I think this could be a nice campsite if they would improve their organizational skills and fix things that are broken. I hope they will fix it before the summer season. While there, one of the bathrooms was under construction.
The beach style showers were a challenge but the enclosures and nice bathrooms made up for it. We camped adjacent the beach so it was just over the dunes. At $14 for Seniors it is unbeatable. Reservations on Recreation.gov made it simple also.
This is our 2nd year camping here. Different staff, we love Stephanie from last year and glad when we were able to see her again. Weren't able to get our same spot, which we were prepared for, bring canopies for shade. Checked in last year when we arrived from the ferry last year, were really looking forward to doing that as we were up all day the day before(work) and drove all night to get the first ferry and avoid the traffic/ construction advised on the DOT sight as well as we wanted to go see the lighthouse since it was open only a limited time and only one day(didn't get too) We were told they couldn't give our sites till 12 but pick ones we liked and they would be held for us. We did but when we came back at 11:45, they were given to someone else and we had reservations. We found another site but still shouldn't all rules apply to all guest. We will be back but planning to not go on Holiday weekend like we have been doing. We weathered a strong Island Storm. Maybe someone was looking out for us because others didn't fare as well. Closeness to the beach awesome, bring good shoes for the climb over the dune and something other than flip flops on hot days as the sand gets really hot. Sand spurs on the dunes, no biggie. Love Oracoke and will be returning, hopefully soon.
My son and I recently spent an awesome weekend at the campground. We arrived on the Swan Quarter ferry at about 12:30 after a short drive to the campground we picked out a spot (D10) went back to Ranger Station and checked in. After returning to camp the setup was a little bit tricky with a 20 mph crosswind. We pitched our tent by facing it into the wind. We were thankful for this later. We worked with the wind to set our tent up letting it blow it into position after staking out the windward side of tent. After setting up tents we hit the beach. The beach is a short walk but it is up and over a relatively high sand dune. The beach here is amazing, clean and usually not crowded at all. After dinner a strong thunder storm rolled across the island that lasted for several hours. Winds had 40 mph gusts be sure to guy your tent properly. There were heavy rain downpours that night after returning to our tent after a strong lightning storm we found our tent setting in 2 inches of water, thankfully no water made it inside. Lesson from this is this campground can test your gear. We saw several tents thrown in the dumpsters the next morning. The next day was another amazing OBX day. Still very breezy but it kept the mosquitoes away. Some more storms the following night but not as strong. The staff at the park was wonderful they were constantly checking the facilities making sure they were clean. Something to be prepared for are the cold water open air showers. Although they felt pretty good in July they were still a bit chilly getting used to when you take a shower. Overall a great trip and will be an annual tradition for us.