The Outer Banks is one of the most popular areas to visit not only in North Carolina but the country. The Outer Banks is a 200-mile string of barrier islands located off the coast of North Carolina, and they separate the Albemarle, Pamlico, and Currituck Sound from the Atlantic Ocean.
The Outer Banks boast beautiful, wide beaches, nice weather, campgrounds, and even unique historical elements. For example, Roanoke Colony also called The Lost Colony, is in the Outer Banks.
Renting an RV and driving to the Outer Banks can be one of the best ways to travel to the area, and the following are some tips and sites you shouldn’t miss if possible.
Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Jockey’s Ridge State Park is the tallest natural dune system in the eastern region of the U.S. It’s at Nags Head, and it’s definitely one of the most notable parts of the Outer Banks.
This North Carolina State Park covers 426 acres, and it’s the most visited park in the NC park system. There aren’t campgrounds in the park, and it’s for day use only. There are three distinct eco-systems in Jockey’s Ridge. These are the dunes, a maritime forest, and the Roanoke Sound.
Kitty Hawk is also in Dare County, much like Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Kitty Hawk was made famous by the Wright brothers after they made the first controlled powered airplane flights at Kill Devil Hills.
If you visit Kitty Hawk the beach is the focal point, but there’s also the Right Brothers National Memorial, and there are quite a few seafood restaurants and local dining options in Kitty Hawk as well.
Along with the Wright Brothers, one of the things the Outer Banks is best known for is fishing. The history of fishing goes back centuries, and the area was a hotbed for pirate activity in the 1600s. Commercial fishing became prominent in the area in the 19th century.
Now, tourists go to the area specifically for fishing in many cases. There are options for brackish fishing, offshore and inshore fishing, and also pier fishing.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
The Cape Hatteras lighthouse is a point of interest, and it’s the tallest brick lighthouse in the U.S. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has 248 steps to the top, and construction on it was finished in 1870.
There’s also Hatteras Village, which is where there’s the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.
RV Parks and Campgrounds
There are several NPS campgrounds along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, as well as private sites.
One of many options is the Bells Island Campground on the shores of the Currituck Sound. There are full hook-up RV sites and RV sites with water and electricity.
Another option is the Camp Hatteras RV resort, which is the only oceanfront and sound front combination site in North Carolina. Along with the ocean to sound front camping options and extensive ocean and sound access, there are full hook-up sites with patios and concrete pads. There are also amenities like a pool, marina, and sports courts.