One of four campgrounds operated by Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Oregon Inlet is open to tents, trailers and motor homes and situated on one of the world’s greatest playgrounds, the Outer Banks oceanfront.
Available at Oregon Inlet are 120 sites, with modern restrooms, potable water, grills and tables - but no warm water for showers and no utility connections.
The sites are on the ocean side of the island, unshaded and separated from the sea by the dunes. They are on level but sandy soil, so longer tent stakes are usually needed for proper anchoring.
Oregon Inlet is the only Park Service campground that accommodates groups of 7-30 people and only with reservations two weeks in advance by phone. Otherwise single sites are limited to six people and two vehicles ( a pop-up camper considered one vehicle), and reservations are not accepted. Sites are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and a 14-day stay per 30-day period is the limit.
Sites are reasonably priced, and group rates are inexpensive. Seniors with certain Access Passes qualify for a 50% discount on campsite fees.
It’s important to come prepared for mosquito protection - netting and insect repellent are recommended.