The Refuge on Roanoke Island

There are tons of lovely campgrounds and RV parks in the Outer Banks area of North Carolina, but few are more scenic than The Refuge on Roanoke Island. The beautiful campground rests on Roanoke Island, a dazzling spot found between the mainland and towns like Kitty Hawk and Nags Head on the outlying islands of the Outer Banks. The Refuge on Roanoke Island is open year-round, but summertime is when the area is at its best, full of tourists seeking out the idyllic coastlines of North Carolina.With several dozen campsites available to Wanchese campers, The Refuge on Roanoke Island is a good option, no matter your camping style or preferred length of stay. Book a spot for a night, a week, or even longer if you feel like calling this gorgeous campground your new home. The campsites at The Refuge on Roanoke Island are spacious and private and are available with electric, water, and sewer hookups. A quick ride into Wanchese is all it takes to find grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, gas stations, and more.While camping at The Refuge on Roanoke Island, you'll have access to an array of amenities and features, including an in-ground pool, scenic boardwalks, a pavilion, and bathhouses. The park is also situated alongside a large pond, perfect for fishing.

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Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

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After your trip, return the RV to the host in the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

North Carolina certainly has you covered when it comes to natural beauty. Between the evergreen forests of the mainland and the coastal parks of the Outer Banks, you will have plenty of places to visit with your Wanchese RV rental. Jockey’s Ridge State Park is a good place to begin your adventure, known for its gigantic sand dunes that tower over the Atlantic Ocean. Hang-gliding and other wind-related activities are commonly enjoyed at the park, and there is a nice museum on-site that guests may tour as well.There are some stellar conservation areas to see when you rent an RV near The Refuge on Roanoke Island. Over two and a half million people visit nearby Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge each year to see its many migratory birds and other wildlife species. Kayaking, surfing, canoeing, and beachcombing are also worth considering when you visit this spectacular place.Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a few miles north of The Refuge on Roanoke Island. It's known for being the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” due to the high number of shipwrecks that have happened in the treacherous waters off the coast. The visitor center and the park’s lighthouses are a treat to see in person, but the pleasant beaches remain its most prized attribute.Over on the mainland, travelers can stop by and see Croatan National Forest near the city of Havelock. You can go hunting, fishing, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, or trekking through one of its wilderness areas when you take a ride to the massive forest in your campervan rental.

City Sightseeing

The Refuge on Roanoke Island campsites are close to a lot of fantastic Outer Banks attractions. Tons of unbelievable places dot the shores of North Carolina’s coastal towns, like the many lighthouses and historic sites in the vicinity. Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site and Museum may be small, but it sure has a lot of fascinating history to learn about and appreciate. Knowledgeable docents lead visitors on a tour through the building, showing artifacts in great detail. Learn about shipwrecks and the precursors to the United States Coast Guard while walking through the building.The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is in Manteo, just 15 minutes' drive from the campground. This state-owned facility has a menagerie of ocean critters, with mesmerizing fish and marine life that draw large crowds during the warmer months. The aquarium is a lovely place to spend a rainy day, especially if you have children along for the ride.The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills is perhaps the most famous feature in the Outer Banks, known for being the site of the first powered, crewed flight in history. Wilbur and Orville Wright came all the way from Ohio to test their revolutionary vehicle on the lofty, windy dunes of the Outer Banks. See the homage to the legendary inventors, and learn about their fascinating lives when you bring your RV rental for a visit to this national monument.Camping on Roanoke Island is convenient. Convenience stores, gas stations, and grocery stores are abundant on this scenic slice of land, along with a broad selection of restaurants serving up anything from cafe and deli items to seafood and Southern-style comfort food.

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Questions about RVs?


What type of RV should I choose?


Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


Do the RVs have bathrooms?


Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


How does check-in work?


Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.