Enjoy an RV excursion along the Outer Banks to listen to the crashing of the ocean waves, feel the peaceful breezes blowing across sandy dunes and experience the outdoor fun available. Take U.S. Highway 158 and NC 12 north to south and your journey will be a fulfilling one. As you drive through Cape Hatteras National Seashore, you will see plants and animals, lighthouses and so much more. The best time to go is from spring to fall, but allow extra time in summer as this route is very popular and you may find delays on the ferries.
Begin your RV adventure at Kill Devil Hills, NC where you can stop and see where the Wright Brothers made their first heavier-than-air flight. There is a lot to do right here in Kill Devil Hills and you may want to spend a few hours exploring. Find a whole list of available campgrounds and choose the right one for your RV camping spot. A bit further along down the road, be sure to stop at the Bodie Island Lighthouse. This lighthouse was constructed and started operation in 1872 due to so many shipwrecks occurring off these Outer Banks.
Keep going and when you reach Pea Island Wildlife Refuge pull over so you can investigate and absorb this incredible area. Wander the salt flats, marshes, beaches and dunes. There are over 360 species of birds here and twenty-five species of mammals. Witness the ducks, swans and shore birds that make this shoreline their home. Grab a taste of history at the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station a bit further down the coast. This was the predecessor of the Coast Guard, with two stations and five outbuildings to explore. Open from the middle of April through November.
Hatteras Island is really a fabulous place to relax, enjoy some wonderful seafood restaurants and slow down a little in your travels. Try some kite boarding or wind surfing. This is a natural retreat where you can do what you like for a time and let the workaday world worries just melt away. Be sure not to pass up visiting the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest on the American coast. Climb to the top and take in the sights.
At the Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Terminal you will find the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Stop in for a short tour and marvel over the numerous exhibits and artifacts. The nearby waters contain a long list of ships that were wrecked and you can discover the fascinating history of the brave mariners who lost their lives off these shores.
Catch the free ferry to Ocracoke Island and get the unique opportunity to see Ocracoke Island‘s beauty. This spot was where Blackbeard operated and you will love visiting the Ocracoke Island Visitor Center so you can learn all about this amazing fishing village. Don’t forget the Ocracoke Lighthouse either, the oldest lighthouse on the North Carolina coast.
Your trip has come to an end at this point, and you can head home. But not before you stop at Teach’s Hole to pick up some pirate souvenirs. You can take home some trinkets for friends, neighbors and relatives that they will treasure forever after. You will enjoy the exhibit here all about this wild pirate. The whole trip has been one of making memories, and you will love recalling how much fun you had on your RV trip along the Outer Banks.