I had never traveled to this area before and could find very little in the way of reviews or photos of North Beach Campground. I had hoped for much, much better when booking a spot for my tent at this location but was sadly disappointed as soon as I pulled in.
This was more of a trailer park/mobile home graveyard than a campground. I believe that this place is a residence for most (i.e. trailer park) and the mobile homes were pretty much dilapidated to say the least.
When tent camping you are literally camping in a gas station parking lot with a smelly dumpster 50 yards away with absolutely no shade, with the exception of one of the four tent sites having a small tree. I barely slept due to the extremely bright lights from the gas station/campmart and the road noise. Highway 12 is only about 75 yards from the tent area.
The Beach is a quick walk through the trailer park, the bathroom & showers were relatively clean, and you have a store on site with basically anything you could need while camping...plus the staff were very nice.
All in all not an experience I wish to repeat again. If you are looking for real camping with nature then go to another Island like my heart kept telling me to do as I drove through. I would have given anything for a review of this place to have steered me in the right direction being that I had never traveled to the Outer Banks before. Now I know the difference in the areas of the Outer Banks and will choose more wisely next time.
- Also Known As:
- North Beach Campground Hotel Rodanthe