8 Parks near Wanchese, North Carolina
Jul 2016 - $62.00
This is an excellent alternative to the "beach" campgrounds we passed, that were super tight & not actually on the ocean. The area is quiet at night. There are many well-kept long term units, but they put short terms on the sea wall at the edge of a larger salt water pond, which is beautiful. The spectacularly clean restroom/showers are on an elevated building with stairs & a ramp. A lovely boardwalk winds through the marshes. There was no WIFI, no cable and only a couple OTA TV stations that were UNC PBS. There is a discount for an extended stay. We loved the atmosphere here and will come back. - R&S
May 2016 - $54.00
Stayed 8 nights. Good campground.
Dirt/gravel roads and sites. All sites back-in perpendicular to campground road (not angled) but no obstructions at all so backing in was not an issue. Reasonably easy to level.
Very good bathhouse/shower. One set of laundry equipment that we did not use.
Most sites seem to be seasonals. Not all the seasonal rigs and their sites were all that well kept but none was what I'd consider dirty or rundown. Few of them occupied during the week, so it was pretty quiet.
Transients given back-in sites along man-made lagoon close to local road. Traffic noise very noticeable during the day; less so after dark but occasional loud trucks were quite noticeable.
Transient sites filled up on the the weekend. On the weekend we were there everyone was well behaved, mostly. Not a problem. But this is not a campground for you if you want separation and isolation and privacy.
Overall, a decent place but it seemed to me to be just a bit less "spiffy" than it appeared on its website. My wife was less concerned about this than I was, but I was not negatively concerned; it's just something I observed.
Nice boardwalk out around the marsh and lagoon. Less bird life than we would have liked. I think the fisherman next to us would have liked more fish in the lagoon than he seemed to be finding?! - Tomseeley
Aug 2015 - $52.00
This is a very nice, well landscaped park, but it has absolutely no shade. Short term sites are along a seawall next to a pretty tidal pool. Sites are gravel, but pretty level. The only negative is the cable TV service. At check-in you are provided a converter box which you have to connect to your TV. The instructions are generic, so good luck in figuring out how to do it in your particular unit. It took me two days, two calls to the cable provider's tech assistance, and exchanging the box to finally get it working. (Park staff wasn't any help technically.) Three other neighbors also had problems, so I know it was not just me. How can a park that is modern otherwise have such an antiquated/obsolete cable setup! - Jallench
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
May 2010 - $10.00
Golden Age Pass $10. This campground has three loops. One is for tents and the other two for anyone including some big RV’s. There are no hookups and the site is paved a little but the rest grass. Sand dunes are all around this campground and one must hike over the dune to reach the beach but it is not far or you can drive your four wheel drive vehicle out using the park road. The bathrooms are clean and presentable. No hot showers just cold showers in a little building to get the salt and sand off you. The rangers are very nice and the campground fills up on most weekends in the summer but not during the week. The sites are not reserve able! Nice stay and we would come back. Bring water though because I don’t know if you would want to drink it unless you boiled it but that was just one persons opinion! - gsnakehill
Jun 2016 - $60.00
This is a fairly small campground (about 48 sites) set back from the road a bit so it was pretty quiet. It had a nice pond and a pier that went out over Collington Creek. The small road that takes you to the campground from the main road goes right by the Wright Brothers National Memorial (which is what we came to see). Our back-in site (#26) was gravel, level, good hookups and had a picnic table. There was plenty of space between sites. Some sites may have had some shade but ours did not (we were right by the small playground). The showers/bathrooms were very nice, very clean and the small laundry was good too. The hosts were nice but didn't show up until after 9am. They allowed packages/mail to be sent there, but you had to ask for them. The WiFi seemed fair (we were close to the office) but we didn't use it; Verizon signal was very good. The location for all-things-around Kitty Hawk, Nags Head and Cape Hatteras National Seashore was excellent. We would stay here again. - RobtL
May 2016 - $60.00
We stayed at OBX for a week. The campground only has 48 sites and was full on the weekends. The sites are very wide with plenty of room between each site. Very quiet campground. The staff was very friendly and helpful. OBX is a great place to stay when in the outer banks. - Our rv journey
Mar 2016 - $40.00
We stayed at the end of their off season, so we got 7 nights for the price of 5, which made our nightly rate $28 and change. Sites are graveled and level, and there is ample space between sites. We had a nice water view out our window. Electric voltage was strong at all times and water pressure and quality were good. It's far enough out of town to be quiet, but close enough to be convenient to shopping. Cable TV is offered, but requires renting a cable box. Their information says they have WiFi, but sitting in our MH, we were unable to see their network. We didn't try attempting from outside or at the office. There are picnic tables at all sites. No trees among the campsites, but the campground is surrounded by trees on its perimeter. - Starxd
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
Sep 2015 - $25.00
This is a no-frills park, but you're essentially "on the beach." You're in the heart of things, close to all that's going on in the Outer Banks. The greeter and manager are very nice and offered to help with any issues. The cable and WiFi are good, but you need to put a $100 (check) refundable deposit on the digital box. - Rick Stevens
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
Jul 2016 - $68.00
Large RV park right on the Atlantic Ocean. Some sites face the Atlantic and they are the ones to get. Great views. Very windy but the beach is terrific. Kids loved it there. - traveling the use
May 2016 - $10.00
The rate reflects C2C and we stayed on the sound side which was very windy, but it was the first week of May. There are a number of sites close to the water and the views are incredible. Our water heater ruptured near the end of our stay and we had to use the shower facilities which were very clean and comfortable. We will be back next year. We stayed at Camp Hatteras in a motorhome. - TheBounders
Sep 2015 - $63.00
The campground was very nice. Club house was clean, pools were clean. The new dog park is AWESOME!! Plenty of room for even large dogs to run. I think it was 100' x 60'. Roadways and site pads were very good. Not very big sites but nice. Did not use the restrooms. My one real complaint is that I made reservations 8 months in advance and when I arrived (totally my fault) and checked in I forgot to ask for my Good Sams discount. I went back up a few days later and was told that I had to ask for it when I checked in or I didn't get it. They will not ask if you have a discount card and they will not refund it now because it was too late. That was a $70+ mistake on my part. Some dumpsters are very close to the sites which is great for access but the smell can get ripe and they come at 6:30 AM to dump them. Wakes you up and quiet time is until 8:00 AM. The internet and cable TV are terrible and you have to pay 3 bucks a day for cable. Won't do that again.The beach is great! Large and room enough for everybody. When we were there most days it was very windy so we couldn't put out the awning and shade is non existent. We had a beach front site and you can't see the water but that is to be expected because of beach erosion and flooding protection. We will return next year. - Camper BV
Jul 2016 - $128.00
This is my second time staying at this KOA. Since I stayed last, the park has been completely renovated due to hurricane Irene washing it away. The 6.2MM worth of renovations were extremely apparent. The camp store and restaurant were really impressive. They also completely renovated the pool area and it is awesome. My only complaint is that we stayed on the sites right beside the dunes and they have a natural bush that is encroaching into the sites that is full of burs. There were many times that the kids got it stuck in their feet. I also think we will be pulling burs out of our camper for awhile. Overall, great campground. Awesome location. Very nice renovated campground. - Curtis R
Jul 2016 - $110.00
We are KOA members and use them frequently. We know they are not all Taj Mahal's but they usually have a standard. Kind of like McDonald's. Not the best burger in the world, but you know what you get when you order. This one is Good but NOT great. Overpriced for what it is. They had a big display in the office/store with an article about this being the "First Company Owned KOA Resort" and it talked about how KOA moved to the tiers and how this one was NOT franchised, etc. I told my wife I would expect much better from the Company's flagship. The wi-fi was sketchy at best, and non-existant in most of the park. At check in they tell you, if you really need internet, come sit in the office or cafe. Also the cable is horrendous, snowy and would quit daily around the noon hour. Some people like to come back to their campers and get a break from the heat, watch a little TV and have lunch, you won't do it here. Most disturbing was the lack of security. Others in the area have attendants and the entrance making sure people coming in belong there, not so here. At check-in we were told "the locals come in here and steal stuff. They really like Yeti coolers." I also noted that there was not security at the beach access and essentially you are paying for all the people on the beach to have a really nice bathroom to use as you can watch them come into the park from the beach, use the bathroom and then leave. The locals all use the main road as their main access to the beach as well. It is not uncommon to see people riding bikes and walking in from Route 12 unchallenged. It would not cost much to have a gate at the beach with a code or swipe card access. We left a day early and lost the days rental rate and didn't feel that bad about it. We did have problems with some people from India in a rented RV who didn't understand personal space, etc. They responded immediately and tried to help. - Godsey97
Jun 2016 - $110.00
While it is a little pricey for our 30 amp pull through, the location cannot be beat. About equal distance to Cape Hatteras to the south and Kitty Hawk to the north. Wish they had more 50 amp sites as they were none available. The laundry and bathroom facilities were clean. It was a little strange to me that the best sites with paved patios were the furthest away from the beach. Beach front sites are nice as well but you cannot see the water due to the dunes. Store was well stocked and the kids loved the grill that served breakfast and lunch. - Kelly_J
Jul 2016 - $52.00
Very nice park, helpful staff, clean facilities, spacious sites. There are rules that are posted by the staff that may seem lengthy, but this is why this is a very nice park at a very reasonable rate for peak season. - Mtncampers
Jul 2016 - $52.00
Sites are close together but adequate. The campground is smaller than the others in the area, and very friendly. We rode our bikes through the other two parks close by and liked Ocean Waves the best of the three, and it was the least expensive. The beach is beautiful! Cable is extra and the free wifi is so slow that it's almost unusable. - Peglegtraveler
Jun 2016 - $55.00
Very friendly and accommodating staff. Our spot was dry even with 17" of rain over the last two weeks. Other sites didn't fare as well but drained quickly. Our site was very close to the ocean, just over the dunes. Cable and Wi-Fi were excellent. We will definitely will stay here again. - g peter