If you're planning to visit Cape Hatteras National Seashore, most of the campgrounds will be open for business on April 2, although the Cape Point Campground isn't scheduled to open until May 28.
Outer Banks Group Superintendent Mike Murray says the Oregon Inlet, Frisco, and Ocracoke Campgrounds will open to the public on Friday, April 2, 2010. While the Oregon Inlet and Frisco campgrounds will remain open through Columbus Day, October 11, the Ocracoke Island Campground, which is on a reservation system, will remain open through October 25, says Supt. Murray. Cape Point Campground in Buxton, on Hatteras Island, will open Friday, May 28, for Memorial Day weekend and close on September 6, he adds.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore has 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.
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 percent discount on their campsite.
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 must be made at least two weeks in advance.
Ocracoke is the only National Park Service campground on the Outer Banks 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. Campsites at Oregon Inlet, Frisco and Cape Point Campgrounds are assigned on a first come first served basis.
No more than 6 persons and two vehicles may occupy a single campsite. Pop-up campers are considered vehicles. Parking space for extra vehicles is limited, so please make arrangements to park your extra vehicle outside the park or rent an additional campsite. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, all camping is limited to 14 days within a 30-day period. Quiet hours are between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Please be considerate of fellow campers. Generators may not be operated during these hours.
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.