Date: February 6, 2014
Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that Oregon Inlet, Frisco, and Ocracoke Campgrounds will open to the public on Friday, April 18, 2014.Oregon Inlet and Frisco Campgrounds will close at noon on October 13, 2014.Ocracoke Island Campground, on a reservation system, will close at noon on October 27, 2014.Cape Point Campground in Buxton, on Hatteras Island, will open Friday, May 23, 2014 for Memorial Day weekend and closes at noon on September 1, 2014.
With regards to the four campgrounds, all campgrounds accommodate tents, trailers, and motor homes up to 35 feet.Each campground provides rest rooms, potable water, unheated showers, grills, and picnic tables. No hookups (utility connections) are available.
Within the National Park Service campgrounds on the Outer Banks, Ocracoke is the only one where visitors can make advanced reservations for non-group campsites.Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or on the Internet at www.recreation.gov and can be made up to six months in advance.Single campsites at Oregon Inlet, Frisco and Cape Point campgrounds are assigned on a first come first served basis.
Camping fees at Oregon Inlet, Frisco and Cape Point are $20 per night.The camping fee at Ocracoke Campground is $23 per night.Holders of the Interagency Senior or Access passes and the Golden Age or Golden Access passes receive a 50% discount on their campsite.
No more than 6 persons and two vehicles may occupy a single campsite.Camping trailers, including pop-up campers, are considered vehicles.From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, all camping is limited to a total of 14 days within a 30-day period.Quiet hours are between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.Generators may not be operated during these hours.
Group camping is only available at Oregon Inlet Campground.Fees for group camping are $4.00 per person per night (for groups of 7-30 people) including infants and toddlers. The group camping reservation number is 252-441-0882 and reservations can be made beginning March 3, 2014, and are useable for the entire 2014 season.Due to the popularity of the group camping site, it is recommended that reservations be made at least two weeks in advance.
Camping in Cape Hatteras National Seashore is permitted only in designated campgrounds.Camping on beaches is prohibited.Pets must be physically restrained at all times on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length.For more information, please go to www.nps.gov/caha.
A piece of sea whip that washes up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore is not a plant, but the skeleton of a whole colony of animals. A tiny animal lived in each hole on the yellow, orange or purple stems. It had a mouth, a stomach and eight tentacles to catch food.