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Camp Hatteras in the Outer Banks, NC

Our first trip to the Outer Banks started on a rainy and extremely windy day on April 2, 2019. We were traveling from the south so the route to Camp Hatteras was over several bridges. We were surprised at the length of time it took to get to the south end of the Outer Banks, but maybe it just felt long because of the weather.

Camp Hatteras is located in Waves, NC.

We arrived around 5:30 in the evening and we got set up on our oceanfront site just in time to beat the extreme wind. There were other travelers there so we weren't alone if there were weather related problems. Watch the video below to see how windy it was.


Camp Hatteras is a campground located on Hatteras Island that extends from the ocean to Palmico Sound. When we were there in early April there were approximately only thirty sites occupied. We walked throughout and to the other side of the street to the Sound. Those Sound-front sites would be real nice in the summer. It is a long walk to the ocean if you are carrying a lot of beach gear, however, there is parking at the oceanfront area so you could drive over.


We never met any staff since we arrived after the office closed and we never needed anything during our stay so we can't comment on that. But we can say that the campground is well cared for.


The location is wonderful. There is exclusive beach access for campground guests. A large covered pavilion is furnished with picnic tables. It is a nice spot to gather and socialize.


The beach at Camp Hatteras.


A very dog friendly campground. Here is our set up for a nice evening outside.


All packed up and ready to depart in the morning. The sunset is beautiful there.

We would definitely come back to Camp Hatteras and spend several days. The rural beach experience at Camp Hatteras is what we like, not the built-up busy beach area as it in is on the other end of the Outer Banks.


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