• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Campgrounds

Frisco Campground
Frisco Campground
National Park Service
 
Cape Hatteras National Seashore has four campgrounds within the park. All of the campgrounds have tent, trailer, and motor home sites.

Campground Location Sites Reservable? Hook-ups? Opens Closes Cost
Oregon Inlet

Oregon Inlet Campground
Highway 12
Nags Head, NC 27954

35.800307
-75.545214

35° 48' 1.1046”
-75° 32' 42.7704"

120 No No

Third Friday in April

Columbus Day

$20
Cape Point

46700 Lighthouse Road
Buxton, NC 27920

35.236208
-75.531138

35° 14' 10.3482”
-75° 31' 52.0962"

202 No No

Friday before Memorial Day

Labor Day $20
Frisco

53415 Billy Mitchell Road
Frisco, NC 27936

35.234596
-75.608815

35° 14' 4.5456”
-75° 36' 31.734"

127 No No

Third Friday in April

Columbus Day

$20
Ocracoke

4352 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke, NC 27960

35.125823
-75.922504

35° 7' 32.9622”
-75° 55' 21.0144"

136 Yes No

Third Friday in April

Last Monday in October

$23

Camping Rules and Information
  • Camping is permitting only at designated campgrounds.
  • All campgrounds have modern restrooms, potable water, unheated showers, grills and tables.
  • Check-out time is noon.
  • No more than two vehicles (pop-up camper is considered a vehicle) and six persons may occupy a single site.
  • Parking space for extra vehicles is severely limited, so plan accordingly. If you must bring more than two vehicles, make arrangements to park your extra vehicle outside the park or purchase an additional campsite.
  • From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, camping is limited to a total of 14 days within a 30-day period.
  • The campgrounds are located on the ocean side separated from the beach by barrier dunes. Frisco Campground is located among sand dunes. All others are on level ground. Soil at all the campgrounds is sandy; therefore, longer than normal tent stakes are recommended.
  • There are no shade trees.
  • Mosquitoes may be a problem, so netting and insect repellent are recommended.

Reservations and First-Come, First-Serve
Reservations for Ocracoke Campground are recommended and can be made through www.recreation.gov or calling 1-877-444-6777 for dates within the period indicated above, up to six months in advance. Campsites can also be sold on-site at Ocracoke Campground when sites are not fully reserved. Sites are assigned at all other campgrounds on a first-come, first-served basis.

Group Camping
Camping for groups of 7–30 people is available only at Oregon Inlet Campground. These sites must be reserved at least 2 weeks in advance by calling 252-441-0882. Group camping is $4 per person, per night, including infants and toddlers.

Discounts
Holders of the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior or Access Pass, or the Golden Age or Access pass are eligible for a 50% discount on their campsite. If making a reservation, pass information must be provided at that time to receive the discount.

Did You Know?

Seasparkle, a tiny dinoflagellate that can be seen glowing in the surfline at night.

The beaches along Cape Hatteras National Seashore sparkle at night. When you kick the sand, you disturb tiny dinoflagellates like seasparkle, magnified in the picture to the left. A chemical reaction causes them to glow with a blue-green light.