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Old 09-30-2014, 10:34 AM   #1
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Just got back from 10 days on Ocracoke Island. Three days were beautiful and the rest were either overcast or downpours. I took 4 books with me and finished all of them.

I have stayed at all 4 NPS campgrounds (Oregon Inlet, Cape Hatteras/Cape Point, Frisco, and Ocracoke) on the Outer Banks this year. Ocracoke (imo) is the best, mainly because of beach access. I didn't count them, but there are about 10 paths leading to the ocean from the campground. I drove just outside the campground and parked there because it's the easiest beach access path - level without a lot of deep sand.

The campground was over half full which surprised me. About half were tent campers, but the storm my second night there drove most of them off. It was interesting to see the makeup of the campground change from tents and mostly small campers and trailers to just a few tents and bigger trailers and motor homes over the 10 days I was there.



Several people stopped by to ask about my tent. It was one of the few still standing after the storms. One couple ordered a tent while they were there and another said they were going to order one when they got home.

Each of the posts marks 1 site, so you can see how flooded the campground was. My site was OK, but all sites to my right were flooded.



If you have never been to the outer banks, this is what the beaches look like - big, clean, and very few people if you are willing to walk a couple hundred feet. People tend to cluster around beach access paths.



Sunset on last night. Almost got me to stay longer.

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Old 09-30-2014, 12:16 PM   #2
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we love the Outer Banks. your photos brought back alot of great memories. thanks!

(sure wouldn't have wanted to have been camping in a tent in those flooded sites)
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We stayed on the Outer Banks in May Huck, the week we had scheduled our ParkLiner to be at the factory. Of course, a week ahead of that planned trip, our work got postponed, but we vacationed anyways, as we had locked the condo in. It is an absolutely beautiful area. We hit all the national parks while we were there. The best thing I got while there were t-shirts, one that just says "Duck."

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How do you get to the outer Banks? Ferry.. If so how much?

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We drove to the Outer Banks, it's all bridges. The only ferry is at the south end and takes you over to an island for free.

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Thanks so it's a free ferry to Ocracoke including trailer?

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Yes, the ferry is free. Read all about it here: Hatteras Ocracoke Ferry
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Thanks. We are in Southern VA right now.. We may just head over!

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I know the one from the Outer Banks is free, as we did it both ways. Not so sure about the Swan Quarter (mainland) one. I know the mainland one is a much longer ride.

Our last trip of the year may be Columbus Day weekend (if the weather is decent) over to Howe's Cavern west of Albany NY. Lived here a long time, never been.

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Frank,
You will love Howe's caverns. I took the family there this year they loved it.
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How do you get to the outer Banks? Ferry.. If so how much?

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If you are coming from the south, you take a ferry from Cedar Island ($30 for 20'-40' vehicle combo, about 2 hr 15 min). There is also a ferry from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke, but that doesn't help most people. The ferry from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke is a free ferry that takes about an hour and is used when coming down from the northern Outer Banks to Ocracoke.

To get to Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Duck, Manteo, Cape Hatteras from the North or West, you just take the free bridge.

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We have a 3 day weekend for Columbus Day and Howe's Caverns are only an hour away. I hope the planets align!

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We were on the Outer Banks in April for a week. It was so windy every day we couldn't go on the beach for more than 15 minutes or so. Several years ago at the Federal campground at Oregon Inlet a storm blew in suddenly, took the tops off of 3 pop-up campers, tipped one onto it's side, blew away some tents. Then the storm was gone and it was a nice day.
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I sure hope weather like that doesn't follow you two around!

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