Cape Hatteras National Seashore | CAPE POINT CAMPGROUND

Fairway-flat campsites at the Cape Point Campground, Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Fairway-flat campsites at the Cape Point Campground, Cape Hatteras National Seashore


See the main Camping web page for a location map.


CAMPING SEASON

Cape Point Campground is typically open from April until the end of November. The exact opening and closing dates change each year, so be sure to visit the National Park Service’s Campgrounds web page for the latest schedule.

TYPE OF CAMPING

Cape Point Campground can accommodate tent campers, RVs, and other self-contained sleeping vehicles up to 40 feet long.

NUMBER OF SITES

The campground has 199 sites. Each site can accommodate up to six people, two tents, and two vehicles. All vehicles must park on the paved driveway, so if you have a large RV and a vehicle, you might have to park the vehicle in the nearby overflow parking lot. If you have more than two vehicles, you must pay for a second campsite.

There are three handicap sites, all located by the bathrooms.

AMENITIES

Each section of Cape Point Campground has a modern restroom and an outdoor shower with cold water (inside a wooden shelter, so nobody can see you take a shower). There is a dump station for RVs just outside the campground, but no electricity or water hook-ups. Only the Oregon Inlet Campground has hook-ups.

All campsites have a picnic table and grill.

TERRAIN

Cape Point Campground is the flattest and most open campground at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It’s like camping on the fairway of a golf course. For RVers, this is certainly the choice over the nearby Frisco Campground. For those not wanting to camp in sand (Frisco), it’s all grass here (underneath is sand, so long tent stakes are recommended). This is the only campground I did not camp at during my visit to the park. I camped at Frisco but would choose this campground next time around unless I visited in July or August. Frisco is the only campground in the park that has some shaded sites, though the surrounding vegetation does draw mosquitoes.

Being low lying, many campsites end up flooded after it rains. Because of this, the campsite reservation window is only four days in advance. Walk-ups are also welcome, though payment must be made online. If there is rain in the forecast, or if it has rained the day before you arrive, checking out the campsites and booking one that moment is probably the smartest thing to do.

Mosquitoes are prevalent when the weather is warm. If possible, avoid sites that butt up to vegetation (usually closest to the sand dunes), for there will be less mosquitoes in the open areas.

Cape Point Campground at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Point Campground at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

RESERVATIONS

Campsites at Cape Point Campground can be reserved up to four days in advance at Recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777. As mentioned above, the four-day advance window is due to the fact that many campsites flood when it rains. No way to predict the weather six months in advance, which is the reservation window at all other campgrounds at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Walk-ups are permitted, but payment has to be made through Recreation.gov. Make sure you have a phone or other Internet-connected device. No payment can be made at the campground.

FEES

At the time of this writing, campsites are $20 / night. Current rates are listed on Recreation.gov.

CAMPGROUND RULES

  • Check out time is noon. Check in is 1 PM.
  • From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, camping is limited to a total of 14 days within a 30-day period.
  • Wood fires are not permitted in the campground. Only charcoal cooking fires are permitted in a grill, stove, or other self-contained unit.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 PM to 6 AM.

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Last updated on March 7, 2024
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