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Posted by on Jan 20, 2009 in Adventure, Beaches, Places To Go, Road Trips, Spring Break, Trip Ideas | 0 comments

MCRT Guide To Camping in the North Carolina Outer Banks


For some of us, camping is one of life’s necessities and a much-needed escape from the everyday, normal activities consuming our lives. For others, the idea of spending the night outdoors in a wild and “dangerous” environment has no appeal or escape value whatsoever. To each their own. Most people, however, enjoy the beach or at least the chill vibe associated with it. For those of you who do not enjoy camping but like the beach, a camping/road trip to North Carolina’s Outer Banks might change your idea of fun.

Falling asleep under a brilliant sky to the faint sound of waves crashing on the beach is pure enjoyment. Watching the sunrise over the ocean with a warm cup of coffee in your hands and the cool sand between your toes is the next best thing. Sure, you could have the same experiences staying in a hotel, but camping gives you the ability to truly connect with nature and entices your adventurous side (yes, everybody has one).

sunset at the outher banks by outerbankscandy

Immersing yourself in nature will connect you with your surroundings in a way that increases your level of respect for the environment. Your reverence for the outdoors will definitely not suffer any blows from a camping trip to a place as beautiful as the Outer Banks! If you have never seen this unique portion of the United States, take a road trip to discover it for yourself — and bring your camping gear.

Find The Perfect Campsite

cape hatteras by fotodawg

Camping is available in most areas of the Outer Banks stretching all the way from Corolla in the north to Ocracoke and beyond in the south. Numerous private facilities all throughout the Outer Banks cater to any need and provide an amenity-filled experience that rivals a stay in any hotel minus the bed, of course. A trip to one of these private campgrounds might be a good starter situation for anyone who has never camped or is not a fan of the outdoors. Most are close to the beach and open seasonally so a little pre-trip research will go a long way to ensure your journey yields favorable results.

Private campgrounds are a good option to keep open, but a stay in a National Park Service campground in Cape Hatteras National Seashore is where the real fun is. Unfortunately, many others feel the same way and the park can be very crowded during the warmer months. Three of the four campgrounds do not accept reservations, equaling a potentially chaotic situation for the unlucky bunch of have-nots. In addition to this point, all of the campgrounds are closed for a portion of the year, so plan early, plan ahead, and remember, the campgrounds are so busy for a reason: They offer an incredible opportunity to connect with nature while enjoying the benefits of being so close to the beach.

Whether you decide to camp or not, know that a road trip to the Outer Banks will be filled with excitement and beautiful scenery. Relaxing under the stars with a cold beer after a day of surfing or sunbathing sounds better than any day stuck in class or at your job. Like always, camping in the spring and fall can be cooler but just as rewarding as a trip in the summer. If you are camping in the warmer months, though, do yourself a favor and bring the bug spray; they can be nasty. Do some research, load up the gear, and call your friends; lets go camping in the Outer Banks!

By Gordon Alford

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