Cape Hatteras National Seashore 2008 Campgrounds Season Opening Date Changed to the First Friday in April
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111 ext 148
Outer Banks Group Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that Oregon Inlet, Frisco, and Ocracoke Campgrounds will open to the public on Friday, April 4, 2008. Oregon Inlet and Frisco Campgrounds will remain open through Columbus Day, October 13, 2008. The Ocracoke Island Campground is on a reservation system and will remain open through October 27, 2008. Cape Point Campground in Buxton on Hatteras Island will open Friday, May 23, 2008 for Memorial weekend through September 1, 2008 - Labor Day Weekend.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore has four campgrounds. All campgrounds accommodate tents, trailers, and motor homes no longer than 35 feet. Each campground provides rest rooms, potable water, unheated showers, grills, and picnic tables, but no utility connections are available.
Camping fees for Oregon Inlet, Frisco and Cape Point are $20 per night and the camping fee at Ocracoke Campground is $23 per night. Holders of the Golden Age or Golden Access passes, or the new Interagency Senior or Access passes, will receive a 50% discount on their camp sites.
Group camping is available at Oregon Inlet Campground. Fees for group camping is $4.00 per person per night (for groups of 7 - 30 people) including infants and toddlers. The group camping reservations number is 252-441-0882 and reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
Ocracoke is the only National Park Service campground on the Outer Banks where visitors can make advanced reservations. National Park Service Contractor, Reserve America, will be operating this service. Reservations for Ocracoke can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or on the Internet at www.recreation.gov. Campsites at Oregon Inlet, Frisco and Cape Point Campgrounds are assigned on a first come first served basis.
No more than 6 persons and two vehicles may occupy a single campsite. Pop-up campers are considered vehicles. Parking space for extra vehicles is very limited, so please make arrangements to park your extra vehicle outside the park or rent an additional campsite. Camp sites may be occupied for no more than 14 consecutive days. Generators may not be operated between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Camping in Cape Hatteras National Seashore is permitted only in designated campgrounds. For more information, please go to www.nps.gov/caha
Did You Know?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.