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Old 02-04-2008, 10:31 AM   #1
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We will be traveling on vacation to the outer banks after Independence Day and are looking to stay at a campground on the OB. Any recommendations? What did you like and is it close to everything. We have a 35 ft MH and a toad so we will park and visit the beach, Wright Bros., and other attractions.
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We will be traveling on vacation to the outer banks after Independence Day and are looking to stay at a campground on the OB. Any recommendations? What did you like and is it close to everything. We have a 35 ft MH and a toad so we will park and visit the beach, Wright Bros., and other attractions.
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Old 02-04-2008, 04:26 PM   #3
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Well you are never really close to anything on the OBX...LOL. It is VERY non-commercial on the OBX. We go very often since we live close and we love OBX. There is Oregon Inlet campground which has no hookups which is a Cape Hatteras National Seashore campground. This is next to Bodie lighthouse and the huge fishing center. Great fishing behind the light house and at the bridge next to the campground. A little more south in Salvo you have some commercial campgrounds. There are two big campgrounds: KOA and Camp Hatteras. Both are fine we like KOA because we feel it has a better beach. However, Camp Hatteras has paved sites and offers beach side and sound side sites (both sides of the road). Also in the same area (all three of these are within walking distance)is a small private campground called Ocean Wave that does not have all ammenities for kids but is about half the price of the big campground. Ocean Waves is always full because of price and it is a very nice park and not very big.
Continueing south to Hatteras there are two more National parks (no hookups), there are also other private parks but I have not used any of them. We normally stay at Salvo. I don't know of anything up north near Kitty Hawk. Salvo is a good location as a base camp for visiting Wright Brothers, Nags Head, Hatteras, Ocracoke (free ferry). Do visit Ocracoke but during summer plan ahead. There is one NPS campground on Ocracoke and I think one or two private. I have never camped on Ocracoke only day visit.
Be prepared for no commercial businesses the further South you go. Avon has a Food Lion, Nags Head is pretty well a normal tourist town and it does have all the chain stores.
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:20 AM   #4
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Thanks for the head up. We were looking in Trailer Life and on campground reviews but couldn't figure out where to stay. Now I know we'll need to plan ahead for food and other items we might need.
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Up around Kill Devil Hills is fairly civilized.

As the previous poster stated, once you start heading south, it's much quieter.
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snailfan & Lightlover...we have stayed at the Holiday Trav-L-Park at Emerald Isle during two visits in August of '05 & '07. The park is big rig friendly and the sites are very close to the beach and ocean. You can easily pull thru with the toad still attached. There's plenty to do in the area. There is a Valero fuel station atached to the property as well as a go-cart track,water park,ice cream shop,wine shop and miles of beach. It might be worth checking out. It was a bit pricey ($70) but it does have all the amenities. Good luck on your adventure where ever you end up.



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Emerald Isle really isn't part of the "outer banks",it starts at Ocracoke and goes north from there on a narrow chain of islands. Also it would be a long hard days drive for them to go from Emerald Isle up to see the Wright Brothers Memorial,not to mention having to spend the night somewhere!
You do need to make reservations in advance,not many campgrounds and they fill up fast.If you stay down at Camp Hatteras,KOA or Waves you need to plan your day out before going and make the most of it as its still quite a drive up to Nags Head/Kitty Hawk area.Grocery store prices in the area(they also have a Harris Teeter)do run higher than inland stores so stocking up your rig would be a good idea.

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Thanks for all the info, definatly appreciate it. Never been to the OBX and I am a lighthouse lover like my id says. This is the first trip my husband will plan all the way so I know he needs some guidance glad you are willing to share your wisdom in helping him plan this visit for our family.
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In addition to the lighthouses and Wright Bros.memorial there is also a great aquarium at Manteo.And if its still running don't miss the outdoor drama The Lost Colony.OH-almost forgot! If you go a little further up to Corolla,you may see some of the wild horses that may be roaming free as well as the Currituck Beach light house.
We live about a 3 hr.drive from the area and sometimes just drive up for the day to get away from it all. Hope you enjoy your trip!

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