Rate is for an oceanfront site with 15% Outer Banks (OBX) Getaway Card discount. This was our fourth stay at this campground in the past two years, our latest in the year, and this is my second review of this campground. The OBX is truly preparing to hibernate for the winter. There were not many establishments open, and it seemed many of those that were were preparing to close for the winter. Having fewer than 20 campers at Camp Hatteras' 400-site campground felt weird. Nevertheless, the weather for our particular extended weekend was fabulous! Sunny days in the high 60s and low 70s. It's a shame you can't count on that weather every year during November. I've upgraded my rating for the campground to a "9" based on the fact they have converted to city water. Gone is the salty taste of their previous water system. I'll give them a "10" when they no longer charge to use the cable system. Otherwise, unless you want to talk about updating and upgrading the office/clubhouse/pool house to compete with the KOA's new post-Irene behemoth next door, there really isn't much to improve on, and certainly nothing to complain about. We will continue to choose this campground as our OBX destination for the foreseeable future.
I do not hesitate to use the word "resort" in this review. This facility is upscale, and blends in with the landscape and feel of Hilton Head Island. There are three distinct areas of this resort, and each has its own feel. We were on a lakefront site and found it to be very quiet, peaceful, and scenic. The forest lots were also quiet, and each loop felt like its own neighborhood. For obvious reasons, the clubhouse lots are great for families, and tended to be a little more active and noisy, but not crazy...the typical sounds of children in a pool. Having said that, there weren't crowds of children at the resort, even on a holiday weekend. The pool and tennis courts are first rate facilities. Wi-Fi and cable were flawless. Management's emphasis on maintenance and cleanliness is on display throughout the resort. Our only negative comment concerns the fact that it isn't close enough to us to be a frequent weekend destination.
Really nice area and campground. Nice spacing between sites, and decent privacy. The camp hosts were delightful people and everyone we encountered in loop C was friendly. As noted already, there is no cell phone service, Wi-Fi, or OTA television. One really feels cut off from the rest of the world, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There are only 4 sites in this campground that are rated to handle 40 ft rigs. These sites are in probably the only area in the entire campground that trees don't interfere with satellite reception. It seemed that all of the other sites were heavily treed. The lower lake, beach, and day use areas were very crowded on the weekend. The C loop, next to the upper lake, was a very peaceful place, away from the crowded day-use areas. This was our first visit to this CG and as soon as we returned home we made reservations to return in the fall. We are fans.
We overnighted here on our way to Key West. A bit off the beaten path if traveling the FL Tpk or I-95, but not too far. You can hear the lions in the park which is immediately adjacent to this campground. The pull thru we had was large enough to handle our 40' MH and toad. Nothing wrong with the campground, but we will choose somewhere else to overnight in the future due to the cost.
Convenient to interstate and sits behind a Dollar General Store. Good enough for an overnight stay but a bit overpriced for what it is. Roads and sites are unimproved sand/dirt. Supposed to have cable, but we never found a cable connection on the pedestal of our pull thru or either of the adjacent pull thru sites.
What's left to be said about Bluewater Key? How about this: I caught a barracuda off the private dock on our site. Awesome park, awesome way to spend Christmas. This is RVing the way I envisioned it when I began to think about getting into it.
Another wonderful campground in a beautiful national park! Much has been written already about this campground, so my comments will focus on our particular campsite, which was E118. This campsite was the only reservable big-rig capable site available when I made our reservations. We discovered why when we got there (I wish I had read more of the reviews, as the issues with this site are covered by at least one other reviewer). To cut to the chase, there isn't a level spot anywhere on this site. It's not just a little out of level, but a lot! I used every 2X10, every Lynx leveler, and every inch of travel of the hydraulic jacks we had to level up our 40ft motorhome, but I still could not get it level front to back. The bottom edge of our front bumper was at least 2.5 ft off the deck. The last step out of the motorhome was a doozy! I wish I could post a photo here because our motorhome looks like a 737 rotating for takeoff. I was able to get it level enough that it wasn't uncomfortable, and we were only going to be there two nights, so we stayed. Otherwise, I would have moved somewhere else, even if it meant leaving the campground altogether. In my opinion, E118 is not a suitable campsite for a tent or a large TT or MH, and Recreation.gov should not list this particular site as big-rig friendly . Perhaps a pop-up or a small TT would work better. Regardless, I still give the campground a very high rating because it is such a wonderful place overall. We will be back again, again, and again.
What a wonderful experience. This campground and national park turned out to be exactly what we look for when we head out to the great outdoors. Places like this bring out the young Boy Scout in me from long ago. The majority of the campers this weekend were young, outdoorsy tent-campers who spent the majority of the day exploring and hiking the trails of the park. Some people may be content to spend the majority of their stay in the campground, attached to their RV umbilical, but we feel that doing so misses the whole purpose of this park. The campground was quiet, serene, peaceful, and occasionally roamed by wildlife. While there are no hookups, no cable, no over-the-air TV, and we never once missed them. There is so much to get out and explore, and we were able to only scratch the surface during our short weekend stay. As far as the sites themselves, our site (E196) was remarkably level, but unfortunately not all are. It appeared that the sites in loops G, H, and I were less level than others. I was impressed with the camp store and wayside, both within walking distance of the campground. The rangers and other workers in the park are very upbeat, friendly, and professional. What’s not to like? We cannot wait to go back!
This was our second visit to this park. They have remodeled the bathhouse since our last visit, and that in itself deserves a higher rating than I gave it in my first review. We do not travel with children and avoid them whenever possible. There were a few children, but the park was inhabited mostly by adults, so we were happy with that. The pool was clean and never crowded, even with the temperature hovering in the mid to upper 90s. I should also mention that I observed one of the park workers walking through the park as a sudden intense thunderstorm was approaching, securing absent camper's chairs and other outside belongings. I thought that was a nice touch. It is a quiet and serene place to base yourself while exploring the wonders of Gettysburg and I recommend it to anyone looking for something relaxing.
Absolutely hated it. Too many people, too many kids, and the sites in the Safari 4 area were far too close together. This is exactly the type of campground that we try to avoid, and although I thought I had researched it sufficiently, I found I hadn't. Check-in was a crush of humanity and took about 30 minutes. It went downhill from there. We paid for three nights, but left after one. Never again!
Very adequate for a stopover en-route. Doesn't appear to be a destination. A few seasonals. Not sure why anyone would want to stay here long-term, but to each their own. Sites are fairly close together. Very nice field for walking pets. Very pleasant lady in office handled check-in.
First the good: Very well maintained, neat and clean. Really nice modern pool. No run-down permanent units. Friendly staff. Very quiet location. The cavern is awesome. Now the not so good: Given the tree cover and the absence of OTA TV, no cable TV is an issue. We were in section B and there was no Wi-Fi there. We haven't encountered this in long time, but the sewer hookup is not threaded. You need a donut to keep sewer gases in their place. The rec hall is unimpressive, consisting of a few picnic tables scattered in front of a huge projector TV screen. The arcade/game room looks tired and needs more games. I don't get the whole NASCAR theme gig. I didn't see any reason that a NASCAR fan would seek this place out to watch a race given you would have to sit on a picnic table in the rec hall to do so. For a weekend in mid-June, I was surprised the campground did not appear to be half-full. Morgan Resorts assumed control of this place in 2010 and perhaps it's still a work in progress. Regardless, I do not rate it as a good value at present. I also found a couple of their rules objectionable, such as the prohibition against the possession of firearms and mandating the wearing of a helmet when on a bicycle regardless of age. Had I known of these ahead of time, I would not have selected this campground.
Great park! I think we picked one of the best times of the year to visit just ahead of the peak season. The park was maybe 10% full, the weather was fantastic, no kids, and no insects. All that has been written about the water system is true. It has a distinct saltwater taste, but I have not allowed that to impact my rating of the park. I read the reviews ahead of time, knew what to expect, and was prepared. We were in site 73 along the dunes and I found it to be exceptionally easy to back into with a 40 ft RV. We enjoyed our neighbors and I found the clientele overall to be of our liking. This is no redneck riviera. I have only one negative comment to leave and it pertains to the extra charge to use their cable system. I thought that was kind of cheesy. Otherwise, we had a very positive experience and will likely be back in the future.
This was our first experience at this park and I can assure you we will return. It is nature at its absolute best! The unspoiled beaches and wildlife rival anything we have experienced. The campground itself offers little to no amenities, but the openness, privacy, and good all-around feeling is worth the trip. We camped in Loop C bayside and found the site a very good fit for us. The rangers and other staff members we interacted with were friendly and happy people. Who wouldn't be working here? We were early enough in the season that bugs and insects weren't an issue. The ponies were all around us all weekend. Just one note or helpful hint: Study the campground maps very closely when choosing a site. All traffic in the loops is one-way and if you choose a drive-thru site on the wrong side of the road for your rig, you may find your door opening to the roadway rather than the picnic/patio area.
This is simply a delightful little campground, and I'm giving it the highest rating I have bestowed yet. We loved it and plan to become repeat customers! The owners obviously have pride of ownership and it shows throughout. The place is immaculately manicured and maintained, and has the cleanest and most uniquely decorated bathhouse we have encountered in the short year we have been RVing. It's the little touches that separate the best from the rest, and this campground has plenty of those on display.
A gem of a park and an unbelievable value for the money. The road through the campground requires concentration on the part of big rig drivers, but is passable. A good number of the sites are not level and I noted a few rigs with wheels in the air. The sites are spacious and reminiscent of state parks I camped in as a child. The city of Orlando does a really nice job caring for this facility. Our site had an issue with the 50 amp service on the pedestal and it was corrected less than 24 hr after I reported it. Should I return to Orlando I will stay here again.
Excellent campground for a stopover. We stayed here twice en-route to and from Florida. Well located next to I-95 and has all one needs for an overnight, including very generous pull throughs that can accommodate a big rig without a need to unhitch a toad. Will definitely put this one on my short list.
This is an exceptionally well run campground with top notch facilities. We stayed here for the oyster festival, which is a big event for the area. The campground doubles up on the pull through sites on these special weekends. Even with that, there was a good amount of room and plenty of hookups available for each rig. On a negative note, we found the wi-fi unreliable and switched over to 3G. The staff we encountered were friendly and smiling. The camp store seems to have all of the essentials. The campground is pet friendly and has a decent sized area designated for dog walking. With all of that said, we will not be back. We did not have an issue with the campground per se, but we did have significant issues with the overall atmosphere created by the clientele. On this weekend (and I don't know that this is the status quo throughout the season) the place was rowdy, loud, and populated with people who consumed a bit too much alcohol. It was the campground equivalent of a frat party, and that is not what we look for when we go camping. On the positive side, quiet hours beginning at 2300 were observed. We had an exceptionally rude neighbor who played loud music and encroached into our space to the point of playing cornhole on our patio area immediately below our dining area window. Had they had the common decency to ask, I probably would have granted permission, but they didn't so I asked them to leave. This created a bit of tension, but that's the way it goes. I thought that perhaps our situation with the neighbor was unique, but a stroll later that evening proved that we were the ones out of step with the general tenor of the campground. It seemed that every third or fourth site had loud music playing and a crowd of people talking and yelling to the top of their lungs. I hate feeling like a fun-hating curmudgeon because I'm not. I was just surprised and disappointed at what we encountered this weekend. It was as if they took every stereotype of bad neighbors and set them upon Bethpage on this weekend.
We had a premium oceanfront site and found it to be pretty tight. I didn't have much trouble getting my big rig in and out, but the sites themselves are pretty much shoehorned in to each other. Our neighbors were nice. The staff we came into contact with at the office, trading post, and pier were all pleasant. Even the guy who came around to pick up our trash each day was chatty and friendly. Lots and lots of perms and seasonals, which appears to be the trend at these so-called RV resorts/campgrounds. On the positive side, the weather was fabulous, the pier is quite impressive, and the campground is relatively quiet. I have no reason to not patronize this campground again, but I want to explore other options first.
We came at a bad time as the area had been pounded by rain for an extended period. Our campsite (C7) had standing water during our weekend stay that made for a very wet and muddy experience. Of the waterfront campsites available, I would have to say that site C7 is not the best one to get. The view of the river is obscured by an electrical meter panel, and the closeness of the adjoining sites made it feel somewhat confining. It appeared to me that the majority of the campground is occupied by seasonal or permanent units. I will say that the people whom I met in the office were very friendly and helpful. As mentioned in other reviews, the roads in and around the campground are tight for big rigs, but passable. I will likely stay here again as we have friends in the area and there isn't much else to choose from.
This campground appeared a bit dated, but was certainly adequate. If I were king for a day, my first priority would be to update the bath houses. Otherwise, we had no issues with campground. Of particular note was the friendliness of the staff. They have the patience of Job. We are new campers and require a little more hand holding than most. We had a two-hour horse ride reserved, but given the heat conditions, we decided to switch to a one-hour ride. Our request was handled cheerfully by the staff. If you stay here and don't do a horse ride, you are missing out.