Okay, so we all know that KOA campgrounds are nice and that is why they cost a little more money, but you do get some pretty nice camp sites and some fun things for the kiddos to do. So this is why we decided that we would make our week long stop on the Outer Banks of North Carolina a KOA stop! The price actually wasn't as bad as we thought it would be. While it was higher than what we normally are willing to spend for a campsite, there was so much to do and see that it was well worth the few extra bucks. We did save some money by getting a site with just water and electric - opting to dump on the way out - and the RV campgrounds nearby were around the same in price but with much less to do!
The Cape Hatteras KOA is newly renovated and very nice, and you can immediately tell when you pull into the campground! There is a great pool with water slide that we couldn't keep William out of no matter what we bribed him with! Even though it was very windy and kind of chilly, we went to the pool a lot, and so did the other campers. It was actually nice having the pool since the ocean is still pretty cold this time of year and the wind made the sand blow everywhere on the beach!
There was also an awesome pirate ship playground and photo op area (see our Instagram and/or Facebook for more pictures) and this extremely cool "pillow" in the ground. I had never seen one of these "pillows" before - they are this huge rubber pillow in the ground filled with air so that the kids (and adults) can bounce to their heart's delight! I swear William said, "Can we go to the bounce thing?" about a million times a day!? This was definitely a cool feature and kept us all entertained when it was too windy to tour or swim.
The laundry facilities are nice and offer plenty of washers and dryers for a fair price. There is an arcade, small restaurant and convenience store in the main building (also where arcade and laundry is located). My mother also had to send my mail to me (it was piling up at her house), so the KOA made it really easy to get my mail at their office. They also come around every morning and pick up the trash at your camp site. All in all, for the price, they made things a little extra convenient for the stay!
We do have one complaint - the showers! Now we don't mind showering in our RV, and I've come to love a cold shower (it was a forced love), but when we go to a campsite that has bath houses, we look forward to getting a hot shower - and more room to shave your legs (if anyone has a trick to shaving your legs in a RV shower, please share)! While the Cape Hatteras KOA shower's were nice, the water never got warm - it was actually worse than the RV! We only did showers in the bath house oneor two times and stuck to Miss. Reba's showers the rest of the time we were there. So if you do check this KOA out - beware of the shiverin' showers!
Oh, and watch out for the green frog that lives in the first shower on the west end of the bath house. He nearly gave me a heart attack when I took my shower the first night. I was already undressed and under the water when I saw him up in the corner of my shower. I froze, unable to leave because I was wet and naked, and finally pointed at the frog and said, "You stay up there until I'm done, and I won't scream bloody murder!" Well, it worked and he didn't jump down until I was getting dressed, so we were cool, I just don't want him to give anyone else a fright. I say this because we checked again and he was there every time we checked, so I'm pretty sure that shower is his crib.
The Cape Hatteras KOA is pretty much in the middle of no where, with a pretty good drive north or south to get to more populated areas, however, it is smack dab in the middle of all the sights - with Ocracoke and Cape Hatteras Light House to the south and Kill Devil Hills, Roanoke Island and more to the north! Make sure you stock your fridge and pantry so you don't have to hit up the small convenience stores or Dollar General on the island - prices are high here! There are only two or three restaurants near the KOA, and they too have pretty high prices. We do recommend Lisa's Pizzeria just north of the KOA. Great food - the pizza is the bomb - and laid back atmosphere, and the prices are not too bad (at least not as bad as other places nearby).
All in all, we would definitely recommend the Cape Hatteras KOA to anyone that wants a fun and convenient location to camp while they explore all that the Outer Banks has to offer. While you may be paying a few extra dollars per night (save a little by not getting full hook-ups!), you have so much to do just on the campground! And for the days you are ready to explore, you have tons to see all around you! So the when your RV starts heading to the east coast and is ready for those NC island vibes, stay at the Cape Hatteras KOA. It is a definite must on our list of campgrounds!
I am a mother and stepmother, fierce slayer of mental illness, writer and traveler. I love the constant change of the road, and the experiences it brings our family. We have learned so much being full-time RVers, and love the freedom this lifestyle gives us.