Outer Banks

Trip Planning

Outer Banks Trip Guide

Jeff Crider gives his tips for vacationing in the Outer Banks.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a popular destination for RVers exploring the Mid-Atlantic Coast.

With over 200 miles of some of the cleanest beaches on the East Coast, both on the ocean and sound side, the Outer Banks is a great place to kick back and relax. It’s also a fascinating place to explore with attractions ranging from sand dunes at Jockeys Ridge State Park, the tallest sand dunes on the Atlantic Coast, to the five lighthouses that protect and guide watercraft along its shores, including the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest brick lighthouse in the country.

History buffs will want to visit the little town of Kitty Hawk, where Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful airplane flights on Dec. 17, 1903. The National Park Service operates a visitors center there where you can see replicas of their original planes and see the hill where the Wright brothers flew for the first time.

Other Outer Banks attractions include Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the nation’s first national seashore, which was established to preserve unspoiled segments of North Carolina’s barrier islands. These islands are constantly being reshaped in response to storms, ocean currents, sea level changes and wind.

Other scenic attractions include Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, which provides 154,000 acres of wetland habitat for everything from wood ducks and alligators to black bears and red wolves. You can also visit the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, which provides habitat for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, raptors as well as endangered and threatened species, such as Loggerhead sea turtles. The Outer Banks also provides numerous recreational opportunities, including dolphin and whale watching, sports fishing and hang gliding lessons as well as opportunities to go kayaking and horseback riding on the beach. Really cool kayaking opportunities are also available in the Kitty Hawk area. 

Suggested Base Camps:

Camp Hatteras in Rodanthe

This campground has frontage along both the ocean and sound and offers a mix of RV and tent sites and park model RV rentals.

Cape Hatteras Outer Banks KOA Resort in Rodanthe

This campground features RV and tent sites as well as rental accommodations. Amenities include an onsite restaurant for breakfast and lunch, water slides and a jumping pillow.

Outer Banks West / Currituck Sound KOA in Coinjock

This campground has RV and tent sites and rental accommodations. Amenities include an onsite restaurant, a 9 hole golf course, a banana boat, fishing kayaks and watersports equipment.

Rodanthe Watersports & Campground in Rodanthe

This campground features RV and tent sites. The park also offers kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals as well as sailboat rentals and lessons.

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Jeff Crider


Jeff Crider, President and CEO of Crider Public Relations, has been involved in covering the campground industry for over 25 years. Jeff has worked as a freelance writer for publications such as RV Business, Motor Home Magazine, Trailer Life, Highways and other Affinity Group Inc. publications since 1995. He has also successfully pitched many of the nation's top tier media outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Financial Times, Reuters, The Associated Press and National Public Radio. In addition to writing, Jeff is also a talented photographer and humanitarian.