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Old 07-19-2014, 07:38 PM   #11
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Would you recommend bringing bikes here to get around or should i just leave them home

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Old 07-21-2014, 06:22 AM   #12
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Absolutely bring your bikes. Its a fairly large place. And I believe you said you are on the sound side, so you will be heading to the ocean side often.

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Old 07-21-2014, 07:38 AM   #13
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We ride road bikes on Highway 12 after labor day. But we don't ride them in the summer and never on weekends. You can use bikes to get around the camp ground. The best way to get around the banks in summer is in an air conditioned auto, it's much safer and way less windy. There is plenty to see and do on the outer-banks but you will be amazed at how much you drive out there, it's a long way from one thing to the next.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:53 AM   #14
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I never considered the Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo area as being "bike friendly" but maybe things have changed since my last visit. There are some paths and trails in various spots, but how good they are for biking, I don't know as I've never biked there.

Once you're out of Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo, NC-12 is the only road and a 55mph zone. The road's pavement (berm) at Camp Hatteras extends a up to a few feet beyond the marked travel lanes. I've seen folks ride bikes (and walk, myself included) on the berm, but there's little "margin for error" which makes it easy for you and/or a vehicle to accidentally drift into the others path at the wrong time. Beyond the berm is often very soft sand that is known to have swallowed many an unsuspecting visitor's car up to its axles. A word to the wise- be careful if you have leave the hard surface. Also watch for sand that has been blown onto the road as it can create a dangerous skidding situation similar to hydroplaning. During storms, water on the roads is a problem too because there are few places for it to drain.

From the Camp Hatteras, the closest towns with a full service grocery store (like a Food Lion) will require a ride of about 25 miles south to Avon or north to Nags Head. It's all federally owned land (Cape Hatteras National Seashore) between Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo and either Avon or Nags Head so there is no commercial development except for the marina at the north end of the Herbert C Bonner bridge. Therefore I suggest you bring with you the food you'll need for your entire stay as there are only "mom & Pop's" and convenience stores near the campground. Of course, if you only have a short list, it's better to buy local and pay the price than make a 50 mile round trip that will take up about two hours of your precious time.

If you need something camping related, take a walk down the beach (it's safer) to the Cape Hatteras KOA's camp store. It's bigger and historically, is better stocked than the one at Camp Hatteras.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:30 AM   #15
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I also share the sentiment of Mike and FPM. Bikes are good for getting around the park, not so much for getting around town. I should have mentioned that in my post.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:08 AM   #16
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Bikes are good for the campground as well as the villages. They have installed a sidwalk that runs parallel to 12 over the last couple of years b. ut it can also be crowded. They also have lots of fun activities for kids to do such as arts and crafts that my 4 and 2 year olds love. The pier is a short walk from the campground and they have rod and reel rentals.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:14 PM   #17
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The National Seashore has fun, and free Ranger led activities for kids just about every day in the summer. I would give them a call or check the website. If you head down to the National Seashore eat at Buxton Munch. Great food and great prices! A real taste of Cape Hatteras.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:23 PM   #18
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If you haven't already left, there is Kitty Hawk, Naggs Head, Kill Devil Hills, Fort Raleigh and The Lost Colony outdoor drama (maybe) on Roanoke Island, several lighthouses and a number of good places to eat, especially of you are a DDD fan.

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