8 Parks near Wanchese, North Carolina
Nov 2016 - $55.00
We were here for 5 nights. We did not use the bath house, but did check out the facilities and they were clean, although small. We did try to use the laundry room which is essentially a closet with a washer and dryer, coin-operated. It was out of order the day we tried.
The campground is situated around a quarter circle on the sound (not ocean) with beautiful views, but also with pretty strong winds at times. You can see crab and fish but no toe-dipping since the seawall is about 5' high. There is a pier at the far end of the campground, as well as a picnic shelter and pool.
The grounds were clean. The sites were dirt and grass with a picnic table. The hookups worked well although the cable hookup is a little tricky...you get a cable box and some instructions that may or may not work without calling the company help line. We got only a few public channels with our air antenna.
There is a camp host on site if you need help with anything. About half or more of the sites are permanent, but the nice waterfront spots are saved for short-term visitors. - Carolina Travelers
Oct 2016 - $62.00
Stayed here middle of September for a long weekend doing the shakedown of our new TT. Sites are wide but not level. Sites for overnighters are close to the highway which makes it noisy all night. Walkway around sound has no fence or railing which wasn't good when you have a toddler. But the reason we gave it a 1 is because of the rude manager when we checked in but even more so when we were hooking up trying to leave on time. He rode by on his golf cart 3 to 4 times making sure we were out and telling someone loudly we'd better hurry or there'd be hell to pay. Check in and check out here are both at 11:00, wth?? - WandaB
Jul 2016 - $62.00
This park is very nice, with a beautiful view of a salt marsh lake. The site was level and pretty spacious. The only bad thing was there was no shade and it was very hot! The facilities were excellent as well and were kept very clean. The site manager was very hands off, but polite when we arrived. We stayed in an older pop-up camper and felt a little out of place with so many new RVs and motor homes. There was also quite many seasonal guests who were staying here. They were nice enough, but they kept to themselves. - Tree Man
Sep 2016 - $15.00
Loved this campground as a place to visit the outer banks. It is dry camping, so come prepared. Sand spurs are everywhere...BUT...it is steps from the wild Atlantic and convenient to historical sites both north and south. Pick your site carefully if you have a large unit. Our 33' and jeep just barely fit. - tom&kathryn
May 2015 - $10.00
This is one of four NP campgrounds on the outer banks of NC. This is my least favorite of the outer banks campgrounds yet the bathroom was clean and the rangers very nice and informative like the other NPS campgrounds. It needs upgrading and they are working on the restrooms in some of the loops hopefully in operation by Memorial Day. There is no privacy between sites but this campground is near a lighthouse, marina, fishing pier and a few dunes away from the ocean. The beach is not as nice as Ocracoke or the Frisco campground beaches. All sites do have a picnic table and grills but no hookups. No fires are allowed except on the beach and no reservations. - gsnakehill
Sep 2011 - $20.00
This campground is nice enough for a short stay on the OBX. It's dry camping with no amenities. There is a bathhouse with cold showers. There is no shade anywhere in the campground. The roads are paved and the sites are paved and level. The sites are long enough to park a 40ft motorhome but very few are long enough to park a 40ft motorhome and your car. We had a lot of rain during our stay but the campground drained fairly well. There were lots of mosquitoes. The campground staff were friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay here again. - Leedy
Oct 2016 - $60.00
This park is overpriced for what you get. The sites are ample sized but mostly dirt and grass. We had to constantly sweep sand out of our RV. Utilities are adequate and the location is OK, but not near any beach access. We stayed for 3 nights which was far too long. - Altoflyfisher
Sep 2016 - $60.00
We stayed a weekend at OBX Campground towards the end of the "Peak" Season for the Outer Banks. The reservation was made by phone and was easy enough. The check in was after hours and they had a nice package with all the information we needed at the office. The sites are long enough for our 31' TT and tow vehicle attached. They all appear to be back in but with plenty of room, in fact, there is enough room for another site in between the sites. Our site was gravel, level with a picnic table and full hookups towards the rear corner of the camper. Our site had a spectacular view of the river and was plenty private. It was quiet and well maintained by the friendly owners who were very gracious and even promptly returned our call after hours for check-in instructions. We will definitely stay again, though the price was a bit steep for the few amenities that we would not use, it was worth it for the location, peace, and quiet. - BDM
Sep 2016 - $60.00
Good location in the middle of the Outer Banks making visiting the north and south ends of the island doable. Turning down the entry street was telling as it was potholed and dusty gravel. When you arrive in the park its more of the same without the potholes.
We had a site on the end with a great view over the water. All services were up to spec. Fortunately satellite reception was good (no trees) since they charge $20 for a cable box rental. This fee applies the same whether you stay 1 night or 30 and since we were only there 2 nights we didn't need to get it.
All in all it seems as though this was the best choice in the area. If you drive 40 miles south towards Cape Hatteras there are a couple parks with good ocean access. - BellasRV
Sep 2016 - $60.00
I gave it a rating of 4 because of the lack of bathrooms and the postage sized sites, but we were right next to the beach! When I say postage sized sites, I mean our camper barely fit with the slides out. The neighbors parked their car in front of my picnic table because they didn't have room, so I had to partially block the next site over with my truck. The caretaker is extremely nice, (helps you back in the camper and makes sure you have everything you need). We were on site #3, and were literally 100 yds from the beach. Cross Rt12, and you're there. We went down for my friend's wedding in Duck, 8 miles North, and pretty much only slept at the camper. I had never been to the Outer Banks before and enjoyed the stay. If it weren't for the beach being so close, I would have not liked it. I do have to say that it is a very quiet and very clean campground. It was nice walking the beach on your way back to the camper to help digest. The surf was up, and playing in the waves is always fun. The beach is dog friendly, and they had a blast too... Just clean up after them, PLEASE. If all you want is a place to sleep, then this is the place to go!
Lastly, bring Windex and extra paper towels... You will need them to clean the salt off your windows and mirrors when you leave. Yes, we were that close to the beach... - Bob Mac
Jun 2016 - $60.00
Very, very tight, on soft unpacked sand, almost impossible to level our coach. Our stabilizer jacks and blocks sink into the soft sand. Bring a shovel to get level. Wi-Fi was almost non-existent. - g peter
Apr 2016 - $50.00
We stayed here 2 nights. The reason to stay at this place is the direct access to the beach you have. It is mostly filled with permanents, so it could feel very tight in season. There are no restrooms or showers. You must be self contained. The Wi-Fi was very weak, for cable you need to give a $100 refundable deposit for the box, ours never did work, even after notifying the manager. But even saying all that, if you are about the beach, this is the place for you. The pups are allowed on the beach and they had a great time. We think we will try the place down the street next time. - Living the Dream
Jul 2009 - $31.00
In one word: wonderful! This place is great! I don't remember exactly what we spent per night but whatever it was it was well worth it! First of all, as a woman camping alone with her son, we felt very safe. The staff and campers were so friendly. The campground is very small but wonderfully located. It is on the sound-side which was great for my 10 year-old son. He could walk for several hundred feet in the water and it never went above his waist. The beach is across the street and within a few minutes walk. Also within walking distance is a great pizza/sandwich place, Lisa's Pizza, as well as a few convenience stores. It's also a short drive from the Wright Brothers memorial and the Lost Colony of Roanoke. There is even an outdoor shower (with walls) which was great on the cool evenings. We will definitely stay here again! - Melissa B.
May 2009 - $30.00
We chose this campground, sight unseen, based on the recommendation of friends. If you love the water (this is on the "sound" side of the Outer Banks) and related water sports, this is a great place! They rent jet skis, kayaks, sailboats, surfboards, etc. The sites are extremely tight; the entrance driveway has many holes in it. To our amazement, there is no dumping station. We had the choice to: drive 15 miles one-way to a freebie at a marina or pay $15. to the KOA close-by. We couldn't get a waterfront site, but they were able to accommodate us for the Memorial Day week-end. Since we stayed 8 days, the owner/manager gave us one day free. - lelblair
Oct 2016 - $80.00
We had a spot right on the water. One side you can walk over dunes to beach -other side you see water but there is no beach. Pricey for sure but we liked location. Park not crowded due to season. Big rigs no problems. Laundry and restrooms/showers available. Very clean. - Paige Taylor
Aug 2016 - $81.00
Excellent park but only stayed there because everyone else was full on the weekend. Would have stayed longer than two nights except for the price. Wide open, no shade and windy. But right on the beach and didn't expect any more than that. Had a nice stay. Beach and sound were extremely accessible from anywhere in the park. Outdoor pool was almost as warm as the hot tub. That's good for the outdoor pool but bad for the hot tub. Super beach just over the dune. - durham4926
Aug 2016 - $10.00
Rude check-in staff. The rest of the crew seems nice. Forget the oceanview sites, all you see are dunes and you can see them from anywhere in the camp. Sites were OK sized and level. Cement pads were good. Not a lick of shade anywhere. Back-in ONLY. There is very little in the immediate area, so be prepared to drive or bring your own. The 'world class' claim is a joke. I have stayed in far better places far less expensive with more around them to do. Pool was closed due to weather, understood. But the indoor pool too? I was unaware. A word of caution to the disabled, there are few local business that have ramps. Most businesses have a few steps up to keep them out of storm surge and they have all been grandfathered for ADA. Be prepared to sit in the car a lot. - Mushroom
Nov 2016 - $73.00
Price was for ocean front with sun shelter. Went down to $40 Dec 1. We stayed in the off season so we did not encounter the traffic or crowds mentioned in other reviews. We did think the $73 rate for the nights in November was a bit high. This KOA had the best bathhouse facilities we have encountered. Each shower is actually a fairly large full bath with a toilet and sink. Would be ideal for families. The only improvement would be a bench or chair to make dressing/putting on shoes easier. Each bathhouse also has a laundry room, which was very convenient. Snack bar was closed for season but the prices looked reasonable. Nice pool, hot tub, we'll stocked sore and friendly staff. - Mjack
Nov 2016 - $76.00
This is our 5th fall visit to this campground. For us, it's the perfect time to visit The Outer Banks, as long as there isn't a hurricane in the forecast! The crowds are gone & the campground is sparsely occupied. Every year, we have lucked out with amazing weather - some days it was even necessary to put our Sportsbrella up while at the beach so that our dog could have some shade. We had Site 320 this year, steps from the beach. The site was level & the full hookups were well located & working. Wi-Fi was excellent, as was my Verizon Signal.
Cable also worked well, with a good variety of channels available. There is a well stocked camp store & a snack bar, which we did not go to. There is a large fenced off-leash dog area - our dog loves it there! At this time of year many of the stores & restaurants are closed & the only major shopping is in Avon (Food Lion, Ace Hardware) located some 20 miles south. The ABC store is even further down Route 12 south, so arrive prepared. We did have an absolutely delicious bowl of seafood chowder at "Good Winds" in Rodanthe, but were told the restaurant will soon be closing until mid-Feb. - Safe Trip
Sep 2016 - $109.00
This was out 2nd trip to Cape Hatteras and our 1st stay at this KOA. Last time we stayed at a "Resort" just north of the KOA. Amenities at the KOA far exceeded those at the "Resort". Further, the grass was not overrun with sand burs. You can actually walk around in the grass barefoot and not worry about stepping on stickers. The pool at this facility is huge and has 2 slides. The campground has 2 beach access ramps with rise showers on the campground side of both accesses. We stayed at a concrete pad site and had mucho real estate. For the price paid, KOA really needs to upgrade their WiFi system! We were relatively close to a hot spot and still suffered with painstakingly slow service. One feature I really liked about this Campground were the number and different kinds of cabins available. The people next to us were having a 4-family reunion; 1 family in their RV and the other 3 in deluxe cabins. Inspired me to consider doing the same thin in a couple of years. We would/will stay here again. - Joe-n-Doe
Sep 2016 - $40.00
Cozy little campsite located on the ocean in the Outer Banks. Friendly staff, excellent location, reasonably priced. The downside? My 52' rig (truck + fiver) was crammed into the smallest campsite imaginable. It was nearly impossible to get the rig situated, took over 30 minutes of back and forth jockeying and honestly was a joke. This place would easily be a 10 if the sites were roomier, especially in light of their beautiful beach. Unfortunately, I won't be back because of the tight site. - BigGuy82
Sep 2016 - $50.00
This was the best value RV park that we encountered in the Outer Banks. However, it is somewhat remote from the key areas of activity. However, we were very pleased with our site and facilities. - Altoflyfisher
Aug 2016 - $47.00
Moved to this campground after two nights at Camp Hatteras and due to the cost of Camp Hatteras. Was well worth-while. Price was better and park had some protection from the wind. Back-in sites are a bit difficult but big rigs didn't seemed to have many problems. Good store, cheap laundry and lots of videos to rent. Not as big as the more expensive parks but didn't matter since all have the same access to the beach. Would have stayed longer but needed to head for the mountains. - durham4926