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Old 07-15-2014, 09:44 PM   #1
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Camp Hatteras

Heading to camp hatteras for the first time and just wanted to know other than the Ocean / Beach stuff what else is their to do so i can keep my kids entertained. Is their a fishing pier or crabbing clamming on the sound side. Can i bring a small inflatable boat their. I dont know anything about the sound just wondering if it is like the chesapeake bay. Thanks
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:44 AM   #2
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Greyhawk01,

We went there last year and had a blast. Between the swimming pools and the beach, my kids were completely entertained. There is also a tennis court, mini-golf and 2 ponds (if I recall) for fishing. Right next door was an ice cream/fudge store that became a daily after-dinner walk for us.

You can also rent cars there to get access to the town. (Not on property - they deliver them to you so call early. I wish I had known this before I got there).

As to your questions, I don't remember a fishing pier but there are some ponds on Hattaras grounds. Also, the Hattaras sound side was elevated above the water (maybe a 3 foot "cliff"). But immediately next door just up the road was a boat launch to the sound side that may work for you.

Hopefully someone will chime in with their experiences.
Hope this helps at least a little,
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:04 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info i will look in car rental
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:12 AM   #4
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There isn't a fishing pier on premises but the CG does have soundfront access. However, that access is also used for kayaking and windsurfing/kite boarding, so that may limit the crabbing opportunities. Good luck and enjoy your trip!
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Just be careful. You have to cross NC-12 to reach the sound side of the campground. Being the major road on Hatteras Island, it's very busy. I wouldn't let children cross on their own.

Unless there have been storms, Pamlico Sound is a lot calmer (like the Chesapeake Bay) than the ocean side.

Bring lots of mosquito repellent and your own shade as the campsites are mainly in the open.
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Take a ride to Ocracoke island. Neat village
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Keep the mosquito repellent with you because you can be fooled by the wind and think you don't need it. On the sound side when the wind dies down you will need it. Surf fishing is very good on the ocean side and unless there is a storm out at sea the waves are such that you don't really need 10-12 foot rods.

The tide currents can be strong in the sound. I Kayak it a few times a year and I am always thinking about the tides and make my plans based on changes in the tide. I use the tide to help with the work of moving the Kayak where I intend to go. I would not suggest any kind of boat other than a Kayak or something with a motor and some experience with tidal waters.

On the expensive side of things you can do a half day inshore fishing trip out of Hatteras and have a great time catching some fish.
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Thanks again for the great info since my kids are very young and we are staying on the ocean side ill leave the small boat home and rent a car to explore OBX. Also when i booked the stay they stated camp fires needed to be a foot off the ground im assuming i need to bring my own fire pit maybe?
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I never had a campfire there because at this time of year the heat, humidity and mosquitoes are so oppressive. I haven't been to Camp Hatteras (or the Outer Banks) in quite a while, but when I camped there, many, if not all of the sites had a charcoal grill if you wanted to cook outdoors.

Unfortunately, the recent visit from Hurricane Arthur impacted the operation of some of the attractions, including one of my favorites- the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station. It's only about a mile-and-a-half north from Camp Hatteras on NC-12.

You'll have to check first to see if they're back in operation, but If you go there on a Thursday, they do a "Beach Apparatus Drill" where they do a reenactment of a rescue using a breeches buoy. Children will find this especially interesting. See their website, though, for current information as to if and when they'll be open again. This demonstration is very popular and they recommend that you be there by 1:30 PM. However, I recommend even earlier as the parking lot can fill up quickly; especially if the weather is good.
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I specifically bought a portable folding fire pit for this trip - and never used it. It was very windy while we were there.
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