North Carolina Outer Banks or Mountains

Discussion in 'Boondocking' started by You-And-I, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. You-And-I

    You-And-I Ozarks Überland Basecamp

    861
    1
    Jan 3, 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    Anyone Camp on the Outer Banks of North Carolina? or Up on the Blue Ridge Mountain in North Carolina?
    Looking for a New place to try out, Prefer Boondocking, by the beach "Sand & Ocean or Forest & Lake/Stream" on the Blue Ridge Mountains?

    Thanks any info would be appreciated!

    UNI
     
  2. Nandy

    Nandy Active Member

    2,249
    7
    Mar 29, 2010
    I have visited both but not camped at either. I have seen a few campgrounds in the Blue ridge but they seem to close during winter if someone gives you a name to look into. We want to camp at both some time in the future but havent find the "time".
    Sorry I am not of much help, but I wanted to throw that out here.
     
  3. catseye

    catseye all I remember is dirt...sky...dirt...ambulance

    322
    1
    Jul 11, 2014
    Raleigh NC
    I live midway tween the tw and go to both all the time.. You're comparing apples and oranges. What do you like to do? Both are awesome in their own ways. Also, when are you planning to go? Summer is HOT and humid at the beach, and CROWDED. Summer is beautiful in the mountains Fall is spectacular.
     
  4. Customer

    Customer Well-Known Member

    2,426
    220
    Jun 5, 2014
    Never had any reason to go to the coast. I have been to the mountains many times.

    Check out Grandfather mountain.

    The Pisgah National Forest is nice.

    Check out the forest campground at Mortimer, it is a small campground across the road from Wilson's creek. It is up Brown Mountain Beach Road. Keep an eye out for the Brown Mountain Lights while in the area.

    If you want to do some shopping, check out the towns of Blowing Rock and Boone. Don't miss the Mast store in Boone and the original store in Valle Crucis.

    If you want to tour a huge private home, see the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

    Of course everyone has heard of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. You can even try your luck at the casino in Cherokee just outside the park.

    Even though I live 500 miles away, it is one of my favorite areas to visit.
     
  5. hvac1877

    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

    2,864
    30
    Mar 10, 2008
    Highland Springs Va
    I have camped both in the NC mountains and the outer banks. For me I prefer the mountains. We dry camp at Mile High Campground. It is 5400 ft above sea level they have showers and basic bathrooms. We camp in July and need to take fall clothes since the lows at night will get down to 40's and highs around low 70's. If you camp at the outer banks Oregon Inlet is dry camping with cold showers and no shade. if you go down to buxton there are some nice campgrounds but they are not close to the busy part of the beach. Good luck
     
  6. speckhunter80

    speckhunter80 Well-Known Member

    There is no boondocking at the OBX.
     
    Brad Jackson likes this.
  7. mcbrew

    mcbrew Member

    775
    7
    May 22, 2013
    You need a reason to enjoy the ocean? Beauty? Power? A sense of wonder?
     
  8. yetavon

    yetavon everything is better around a campfire.

    3,276
    165
    Mar 11, 2010
    Western NC
    Live in the Mountians, Play in the Mountians, Camp in the Mountians...My best boondock near the ocean is Capers Island SC...Paddle in only.....
     
  9. Customer

    Customer Well-Known Member

    2,426
    220
    Jun 5, 2014
    Doesn't appeal to me and certainly doesn't match the grandeur of the mountains.

    I go to Florida every winter, leaving in a week. I might go for a run on the beach. After 30 years of going to Florida in the winter, I don't remember ever swimming in the ocean.
     
  10. catseye

    catseye all I remember is dirt...sky...dirt...ambulance

    322
    1
    Jul 11, 2014
    Raleigh NC
    That's what I suspected, but wasn't sure. I think you'd enjoy both, but would think by the very little I can tell from what you say, You're more likely to find what you're looking for in the mountains. [2C]
     
  11. Nandy

    Nandy Active Member

    2,249
    7
    Mar 29, 2010
    He prefer boondocking is what understood. There is one or 2 campgrounds in the obx. One has electric/power, wifi, and a store. They do take reservations. The other one is all primitive and I think there is no reservations. Cant remember the name of either, Both were shore side if I recall.
     
  12. You-And-I

    You-And-I Ozarks Überland Basecamp

    861
    1
    Jan 3, 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    I want to Thank all of you for the Great ideas. I have checked out a few of your suggestions already and still have more to look over. We seam to levitate to the National Forest areas with a stream near by, so when we get down in this area, we will probably head for the mountains! [:D]

    I checked out the Ocraeoke Island. To get there you take a "free" ferry from Hatteras Island over to Ocraeoke Island. Once your at Ocraeoke Island, you can get a Beach camping permit $50.00 from the Parks Service, this allows you to drive down the water front, find a spot to set up camp. They have a few rules, you must have 4WD, this is a Good Rule. [;)]

    The small town of Ocraeoke has locally owned restaurants & Pubs, this is right up our alley. A little sea food and a couple of drinks watching the sunset! [A]

    What do you think, any thoughts?
     
  13. hvac1877

    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

    2,864
    30
    Mar 10, 2008
    Highland Springs Va
    Ocraeoke Island is nice but it is pretty much you go down there to fish or hang out on the beach all day and man its is a long drive down there from the upper outer banks and its a lot more expensive. Check out Mile High Campground. You wont be disappointed. http://campmilehigh.com/
     
  14. bud121156

    bud121156 Western North Carolina

    4,631
    21
    Apr 15, 2007
    North Carolina
  15. You-And-I

    You-And-I Ozarks Überland Basecamp

    861
    1
    Jan 3, 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    WoW, I pulled up your campground "Mile High" this looks to be a Fantastic campground. The views are half the battle when looking for a new place to try out.

    Great suggestion Thanks!

    UNI
     
  16. You-And-I

    You-And-I Ozarks Überland Basecamp

    861
    1
    Jan 3, 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    Bud,

    Someone else suggested the Pisgah National Forest. I'm going to check this area out as well. Thanks!

    UNI
     
  17. hvac1877

    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

    2,864
    30
    Mar 10, 2008
    Highland Springs Va
    UNI we go in July the highs are in the upper 60's to low 70's in the day and at night in the low 40's. Got wild elk that comes into camp and the owner is awesome.
     
  18. rick2911

    rick2911 New Member

    42
    0
    Jul 15, 2014
    We like My Pisgah campground along the blue ridge parkway. Also Julian price lake campground on the blue ridge parkway is nice too.
     
  19. thethird152

    thethird152 Active Member

    614
    98
    Feb 1, 2015
    Mt Pleasant, MI
    I live in Boone, NC and there are TONS of camping spots up here. For a State Park, I love Julian Price. If you're into pretty serious hikes, check out Linville Gorge (my favorite place on the planet): http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/null/recarea/?recid=48974&actid=34

    Davidson River campground is another favorite of ours with lots of stuff to do nearby (waterfalls, etc).

    I lived at the beach for 10 years, I much prefer the mountains too :)

    Good Luck!
     
  20. rpc50

    rpc50 New Member

    44
    0
    Dec 30, 2014
    Mountains all the way.... I lived in the mountains of NC and moved to the Coast for a job and am counting the days until we can return permanently....

    Don't get me wrong, the Coast has it's upsides, but the NC mountains are something special....
     

Share This Page