Paved sites that either back up to the dunes or in an open grass area. No hook ups but flush toilets and cold showers. Walk to the beach through the dunes. Dogs allowed on beach and in campground on leash. Sand spurs can get in dog's paws and your feet if bare foot. $28 nightly half price with Senior America the Beautiful card.
Cold showers it is true. But flush toilets, paved level sites; very clean and little road noise. Good Verizon coverage too. The park is neat well cared for and attractive. Just dry camping but there is a dump site and potable water across street at the marina.
We recently spent 3 nights at this campground. There have clearly been upgrades to the facilities over the past few years. Many sites have water and electric hook-ups, with a dump facility across the main road and south at the boat access. As this area's main draw is its fishing, much of the draw is that marina across the road. The good: The campground was very clean and tidy. No significant wear or trash was evident, bathrooms and shower houses were well maintained. Sites were well marked and the loops were well designed. The campground, at about 60% capacity when we were there, was relatively peaceful. Showers were heated, with pull chain style valves. Finally, at just a few miles from the town of Nags head and just over the dunes from the beach, it was well situated for your recreational activities. The bad: The sites seem like they were designed to maximize the number of people you could get in to the campground. While not cramped, they were closer than we prefer, especially at a National Park. There was a large amount of ambient light at night. Street lamps made for a bit more shade adjusting than should have been required. The beech access trails were not well marked, causing a fair amount of extra stumbling through the dunes on the way to the beech. The Ugly: The beach itself was an (off-road vehicle) ORV access beach. This made it a smidge less than peaceful! While not chaotic, it was not the kind of beach we prefer. Strangely enough, there was also the carcass of a humpback whale mouldering on the beach! Apparently it had washed up in February and has been there ever since. It is a bit stinky, but not as bad as you might expect. Ultimately we enjoyed our stay, but left a night early to take a chance that something down the road would be interesting. See you down the road! Steve and Mary