Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

RV Park Review - Ocean Waves Campground (Waves, North Carolina)

Overall, this park has a lot of features we liked: paved roads and pads, full hook-up, great wifi, cable, and beach access all at a modest price.  The park is located in the southern portion of the Outer Banks and serves as a good location if you want to explore.  The park is very clean and well-kept and the owners (and work campers) are super friendly and helpful. 

The park has 68 sites for RV’s and 4 tent sites.  Not all sites are long enough to accommodate large rigs but all are level and concrete.  All sites are back-in.  The sewer, water and electric hook-ups (50/30 amp) were well placed.  There was a $2/day charge for cable which had over 50 channels and the free wifi worked great.  Sites have a picnic table but no fire pit.  However, you are permitted to have open fires on the beach through the park offices’ permit. 
Note all the RV's clustered together with plenty of open sites to space everyone out.

shady site
Site prices vary depending on the time of year and hook-ups you want.  Since we came in the off-season, we got a deal to stay 6 nights and get the 7th free which put our full hook-up site at $46/night (that includes $2/night for cable).  This campground is priced nearly $20 lower than the nearby KOA and other large private campgrounds nearby. 

Our 4G Verizon hotspot and phone worked great.  There are some shady sites but most are wide open so getting satellite television is not a problem.

There are very few amenities in this park but that is fine with us since we normally don't use them.  There is a swimming pool, game room, small playground, laundry, bath/shower house, and well-stocked store with food, camping supplies, and gifts.  The bath/shower houses were older but clean. 
The pool was not open when we were there in early April.
bath/shower house
What we really liked about this park was the great beach access and the nice paved, level site.  Leashed dogs are permitted on the beach and low tide is a perfect time for walking endless miles.  

The park has great beach access and is just a one-mile walk to the Rodanthe Pier.
This park is really affordable compared to other private parks that charge nearly $20 more per night.  For the price, we are certainly glad we stayed at this park.

What we did not like was the closeness of sites and the fact that we were put right on top of someone.  The office assigned us a site that was right next to someone else when the park was not even 1/10th full.  In fact, they clustered all the RV’s that were there on a short term basis together.  In hindsight, we should have asked to move sites but not knowing how full they were and arriving prior to a weekend, we didn’t ask.  Usually, we always ask to pick out a site when a park is not completely full.  Beware, the toilet stalls are so small they really only fit a small child and no soap is provided in the bathrooms.  When we were there it was too cold for campers to take a shower as no heat was available. 

Spirit’s two cents:  well she did love playing on the beach and in the surf.  The park was not very full so when no one was looking we let her off-leash and threw her tennis ball.  Overall, she would give it thumbs up (if she had thumbs) so we guess it's "paws up"!

"Whoops, I forgot my leash."


  1. We stayed there a couple of years ago in October. The weather was excellent and we certainly enjoyed it, although there were little tiny briers (?) that kept getting stuck in our poor dog's paws, so walking her any distance was very difficult.

  2. It looks like y'all had a great time at the OBX. Another nice, quaint little town to check out down there is Ocracoke. Taking the ferry over just adds to the fun of exploring. Well I guess there's always a reason to return for another visit.


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