Cape Point Campground- Cape Hatteras National Seashore- OBX

In July, 2012, we traveled to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We camped one night at Oregon Inlet Campground at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. We liked that campground quite a bit, so one day we went to check out two other US Park Service campgrounds, Frisco, and Cape Point.

All three campgrounds are very different. Cape Point is one giant field. This campground resembles a giant football field, with paved driveways and paved parking areas for campsites running through it. There are bathhouses and showers scattered around every once in a while. There are no trees whatsoever, and absolutely no shade, unless you bring an awning of some sort. It could be very exposed in the event of a storm or high winds.

The grass was in really good shape, and would be great for frisbee or kicking a soccer ball around. I don’t know if there are a lot of sandspurs like there are at Oregon Inlet.

We rode through on Thursday, July 12, and very, very few sites were taken.

Cape Point is at the corner of Hatteras Island, south of Oregon Inlet and north of Cape Point. The famous Hatteras lighthouse is just down the road, and very visible from the camground.
Here is a good map of Hatteras National Seashore.

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3 Responses to Cape Point Campground- Cape Hatteras National Seashore- OBX

  1. I just had a couple questions! I’m going this week and was looking at Oregon inlet for camping and I heard some bad things about bug bites and sand Spurs! I was wondering if you liked Oregon inlet or cape point better?? Which one is closest to the beach? Thanks for your help!!

  2. Hi Brittany,
    We didn’t camp at Cape Point, so I’m not exactly sure, but here are some thoughts:
    Oregon Inlet definitely had quite a few sandspurs, but they didn’t really cause us a problem, as long as we watched out for them. I would hesitate to take small children there. We didn’t have any problems with bugs while there, but there was a strong breeze the entire time, so that probably kept them away.
    Some differences between the two: Oregon Inlet seemed prettier, and the beach is very close- just a short walk through the dunes. Cape Point is grassy and open, with the beach a little further. It’s been a few years now, and at the time, the beach access closest to the campground was closed. Cape Point is just a big grassy field, which is great to some people, but to me, felt very exposed and open.
    If I were making plans, I would probably stay at Frisco, since it has shade, and was really pretty:

  3. One other thing to think about is other amenities, such as food, or “what do we do if it’s raining for a couple hours?”. When we camp at the beach, we like to go to the beach in the morning, then when it gets really hot, go eat seafood and get a couple drinks somewhere, then come back to the beach later when it is still hot, but quite the heat of the day.

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