Best Campgrounds in North Carolina's Outer Banks

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Sheltering the mainland coast of North Carolina, the group of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks makes an ideal place to pitch a tent or level your RV. Sandy beaches invite taking a morning jog or a lazy afternoon nap, and maritime forests beg for exploratory hikes -- all within steps from your campsite.

Best Wooded All-Tent Getaway

Tucked into a clearing at the edge of Kitty Hawk Maritime Forest Reserve, Adventure Bound Campground caters exclusively to the tent camper. Enjoy an away-from-it-all feeling while being less than a half-mile from the beach and other activities. Hike more than 1,800 acres of maritime forest, marsh and swamp lands or catch a nearby bike path that runs the length of the Outer Banks. Use crabbing nets and beach accessories at no charge or participate in a rousing game of badminton, shuffle board, horseshoes or volleyball at the campground. At day's end, enjoy amenities that include hot showers and flush toilets.

Best Island Getaway for Car Camping

Experience camping along a wild shore at Oracoke Campground at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Your camping adventure begins with a 2.5-hour ferry ride for you, your car or a tent trailer from the mainland's Swan Quarter to Oracoke Village. After making land, drive two miles east of the village to reach the campground, tucked back from the beach behind the dunes. Enjoy basic amenities at the campground, like flush toilets and unheated showers. Feel away from it all at the beach and natural areas at the campground, or head back to the village to see the white lighthouse, buy fresh seafood or browse through the village museum.

Best Place to Do It All

Whether you've wanted to zip across the waves on a personal watercraft, sail a Hobie Cat, surf or paddle board, you'll find it easy to try all these or more when you stay at Rodanthe Watersports and Campground. The campground accommodates tents and RVs under 25 feet at sites overlooking Pamlico Sound. Windsurf or kite surf on waters within sight of your camp or walk across the strand to enjoy ocean surfing. You can rent all the equipment for your adventure on site, including surf boards, stand-up paddle boards, personal watercraft, sailboats and kayaks.

Best Place to Keep in Touch

When business or other real-world obligations prevent you from getting too far off the grid, you can have the best of both worlds at the Cape Hatteras KOA. Wi-Fi at your site and an Internet lounging area with computers make it easy to stay connected. Unwind in the hot tub, splash with the kids in the pool and grab a few pics as they shoot down the water slides or bounce on the jumping pillows. You'll find amenities that make camping not so rough, such as hot showers, laundry and electricity and water to your tent or RV site.


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Indulging her passion for wide open spaces and outdoor fitness through the written word on a full-time basis since 2010, author Jodi Thornton-O'Connell takes the mystery out of outdoor skills and guides readers to discover fun ways to physically connect to natural surroundings.

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