March 4, 2015
NPS announces seashore campground
opening and closing dates
National Park Service's Outer Banks Group has announced the dates for
this season for the four park-operated campgrounds in the Cape Hatteras
The Oregon Inlet, Frisco, and Ocracoke
campgrounds will open to the public on Friday, April 17. the Oregon
Inlet and Frisco campgrounds will close at noon on Oct. 12, and
Ocracoke Island Campground will close at noon on Oct. 26. Cape
Point Campground in Buxton, on Hatteras Island, will open Friday, May
22, for Memorial Day weekend and close at noon on Sept. 7.
four campgrounds accommodate tents, trailers, and motor homes up to 35
feet in length. Each campground provides rest rooms, potable
water, unheated showers, grills, and picnic tables. No hookups
(utility connections) are available.
During the 2015 camping
season, possibly as early as April, Oregon Inlet and Frisco Campgrounds
will be placed on a reservation system for the first time.
Ocracoke Campground visitors will continue to be able to make advanced
reservations for campsites, and reservations are currently being
taken. Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or via
the Internet at www.recreation.gov and can be made up to six months in
No more than six 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 p.m. and 7
a.m. Generators may not be operated during these hours.
camping is available only at Oregon Inlet Campground. The group
camp site accommodates groups of seven to 30 people, including infants
and toddlers. Beginning in April, reservations can be made by
calling 1-877-444-6777 or via the Internet at www.recreation.gov and
can be made up to six months in advance. Because of the
popularity of the group camping site, it is recommended that
reservations be made at least two weeks in advance.
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.