April 1, 2013

Park Service campgrounds will open April 19

The National Park Service Campgrounds at Oregon Inlet, Frisco, and Ocracoke will open to the public on Friday, April 19. 

The opening was expected to be April 5, but was delayed two weeks by forced federal budget cuts, also known as sequestration.

Oregon Inlet and Frisco campgrounds will close at noon on Oct. 14. Ocracoke Campground will close at noon on Oct. 28. 

Weather permitting, Cape Point Campground in Buxton on Hatteras Island, will open Sunday, May 26, for Memorial Day weekend and closes on Monday, Sept. 2. 

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has four campgrounds, all capable of accommodating 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 available only at Oregon Inlet Campground.  Fees for group camping are $4 per person per night (for groups of 7-30 people), including infants and toddlers.  The group 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 advance 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 six persons and two vehicles may occupy a single campsite.  Camping trailers, including 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 a total of 14 days within a 30-day period.  Quiet hours are between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Generators may not be operated during those hours.  Please be considerate of fellow campers.

Camping in Cape Hatteras National Seashore is permitted only in designated campgrounds.  Camping on the beaches is prohibited.  Pets must be physically restrained at all times on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length. 

For more information, please visit http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

Campground Locations:
Oregon Inlet Campground - Highway 12, Nags Head, NC  27954
Cape Point Campground - 46700 Lighthouse Rd., Buxton, NC  27920
Frisco Campground - 53415 Billy Mitchell Rd., Frisco, NC  27936
Ocracoke Campground - 4352 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC  27960

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