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Wanchese, North Carolina

The Refuge on Roanoke Island

Wanchese, North Carolina



Wanchese, North Carolina
Phone: (252) 473-1096

Sites: 59
Recent Rate: $62 7/2016

Latitude: 35.853396140013
Longitude: -75.644227266312

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $1.50 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 1.50
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) no
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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37 Reviews

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Review Count: 149
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 33

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $62.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     
Tips for other Campers:

Check out Darrells Restaurant across Hwy 64 on the right for excellent service and delicious reasonably priced dinner.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $52.00
Overall Rating:      

The Park itself was OK, Level spaces in an semi circle around an Pond. The paved walkway is elevated about 3 ft without a fence or barrier.The park used numerous 2 ft high 6"X6" post to mark sites very difficult to see from your vehicle. The Manager had the worst attitude. He threatened to have us "kicked out", Accused my wife of being drunk, and told her to get new batteries for her hearing aid.( She is a retired business professional who do not drink).I have never encountered such a rude individual dealing with the public. We will never be back. We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $62.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Tent Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

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?! We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Great fresh seafood retail (O'Neal's) about a mile south. Campground will give you their brochure. DEFINITELY go for lunch seafood baskets, sandwiches, etc., one day. Prepare to wait but it's worth it!

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $52.00
Overall Rating:      

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! We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $74.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is in a secluded prime location on Roanoke Island in Manteo. It's within minutes to the outer banks where there is plenty of shopping.... restaurants and salt life. It has all level sites that are grass/gravel.... in the sun.... with zero shade. Utilities are good and in the correct location. Some sites face the pond but are back-in sites The manager lives in her motorhome in the park and is very accommodating. The roads are packed gravel....wide and in good shape. There are some seasonals but the c/g is clean... quiet and neat. The pool is decent but could use an update. The cable TV system is antiquated and you need to rent and install a park owned cable box if you want cable channels. Satellite reception is excellent. The WiFi is annoying.... useless.... and kicks you off every 8-10 minutes.

Overall the c/g is nice and we would visit again in the future. We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Out of the way on the Wanchese end of Roanoke Island, the fisherman's end of the island. We loved it. The campground is quite new and sits on a salt water pond amidst miles of marsh grass. The woman who runs the place lives in a camper right in the park. A really lovely park. We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Very convenient to Kitty Hawk, Naggs Head and Manteo. Many antique shops to explore!

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

This park was quiet and had a nice view of a lake. Sites were not too close together. Unfortunately when on the Outer Banks you do not have a lot of choices for RV parks, and this park was quite expensive for what you got. There is no cable TV. The Wi-Fi only worked for a brief period of time while we were there.The woman manager that checked us in was very nice and helpful, but when I went to inquire as to the problem with the Wi-Fi she was not there and the man who stuck his head out the window of their RV was very rude, grouchy, and told me to come back when she was there. We have been traveling from RV park to RV park. This is the first review I have written. Would not stay there again. We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground but quite pricey. The wifi wasn't working but when I spoke to the lady at the office she was able to get it running and it worked fine for the rest of our stay.Cable and phone service worked well. Looks like lots of seasonal campers here, the waterfront sites are used for short term visitors so that was very nice. We would stay again if in the area but would opt for at least a 4 nite stay which lowers cost $10 per nite. We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is a good spot to relax for a night while on Roanoke Island. The park staff are nice folks and the full hookups are very welcomed. All the sites are crushed stone and I had to do a little leveling to get my rig leveled. We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice quiet place. Peaceful. Not a lot to do but very scenic. Pool and boardwalk to canal. Well kept and clean. Not really for kids but was perfect for us, just looking to unwind. Central location between peace and things to do. Bugs are brutal especially when the sun goes down. Either stay in or come heavily prepared for the battle! We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here in May, our first trip to the Outer Banks. Loved the campground and the site next to the lake. Sites were clean and level enough for us. Never noticed the dog manure problem. Had to supply my own cable jumper from electrical panel to trailer, but no problem. We were in site #1, a little far away so Wi-Fi was on/off, but worked most of the time, and for all we needed. Staff was friendly, park was very quite and clean. We would stay there again. We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

First: about the dog waste that previous reviewers have complained about. The culprit is not permanent residents, but a neighbor's dog from across the street who is allowed to run loose. There are no leash laws in Wanchese and there really isn't anything one can do about it. This owner runs a tight ship, couldn't have been friendlier. She has her ground crew cleaning up regularly. It is unfortunate that the problem exists, but it is not her fault. Second: this is a lovely park. We were here pretty early in the season. The weather was not cooperative but the view is lovely and the walking areas very enjoyable. Were I to stay in the area for any length of time, this campground would be my choice. We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here for it's closeness to Nags Head and OBX Marathon. What a great little campground. It is very open, absolutely no shade which mean it can get very hot in the summer. The only complaints I have about this park is some permanents let their dogs run loose allowing them to do their business anywhere. We had lots on our site when pulled in. That being said the manager cleaned it up right away. Secondly, the check in sign needs to be better. I see everyone looking for the office when coming in. Here's a hint: go right not straight once you turn into the park. The manager is the nicest person in the world. She runs a tight ship. Very helpful with what you want to see and do. The road and sites are hard packed gravel. You can back in or pull in to face the lake. This time of year the sun comes up further south therefore backing in is nicer, but that's my opinion. The lake is brackish water with no smell to it at all. Saw a small ray swimming along the shore. Cable was great, lots of channels. Wi-Fi was occasionally slow but great for a campground. A bit of a drive over the bridge to the amenities. Close to lots of interesting things to see and do. They have done an amazing job of cleaning up after Hurricane Irene. All hookups are within reach and in great working condition. I would definitely stay here again. We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Lovely park with nice lake. Restrooms immaculate. They are small but more than adequate in size. The only drawback to this park is the highway noise, especially on weekday mornings. We camped at The Refuge on Roanoke Island in a Fifth Wheel.

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