Ocean Waves Campground

25313 Hwy 12
Rodanthe, NC 27982
(252) 987-2556
Location: 35.57164, -75.46723

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3576
Waves, NC 27982
Open Mar 15 - Nov 15
Last Year's Rate
$50 to $55
Card(s) Accepted
debit cards   discover   visa   mastercard


Type (Campground)
Partial Handicap Access


Folding Tent Campers Allowed
Pets Welcome
Tent Camping Allowed


Spaces Available (68)
Paved Sites (68)
30 Amp
50 Amp
Shaded (Some)
Big Rig Sites
Full Hookups (68)
Max Amps (50)
Back-ins (32 x 65)
Room for Slideouts (Yes)
Table at Site
Tent-Only Sites (4)


WiFi at Overnite Sites
WiFi at Park
WiFi at Park Supports Mobile Devices
3 Devices supported per Overnite Site
68 Sites with WiFi

Other Amenities & Services

Road Condition (Good)
Road Type (Paved)
Restroom and Showers
RV Supplies
Enclosed Dog Run

Recreational Facilities

Swimming Pool
Body Of Water (Atlantic Ocean)
Game Room
Outdoor Games

Recreation Nearby (within 10 miles)


Hunting Nearby (within 20 miles)


On-Site Rentals

Customer Reviews

Ocean Waves Campground
Avg Rating 4out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars  (4) Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars   Avg Facility Rating
interior roads, sites, registration area, hookups, recreation, swimming, security, laundry, store and building maintenance...
4 out of 5 stars   Avg Restroom Rating
cleanliness and physical characteristics of restrooms, including interior construction, adequate supplies/odor free, adequate number of facilities, exterior appearance and location in relation to park spaces, and interior appearance.
4 out of 5 stars   Avg Appeal Rating
the park's setting and site layout, function and identification of signage, overall exterior building maintenance, noise, trash disposal, litter and debris around the grounds and sites, and appearance of grounds, sites and entrance area.

No Stress Express

Reviews: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1
Good Sam Member

Date of Stay: May, 2017
5 out of 5 stars   Overall Rating
5 out of 5 stars   Facility Rating
5 out of 5 stars   Restroom Rating
5 out of 5 stars   Appeal Rating
This should be a 10/10/10 campground! Gorgeous Campground on the Beach! We did our due diligence prior to choosing a campground and so glad we did! The campground is maliciously maintained, restrooms spotless and the beach a 2 minute walk. The campground store had everything we ran out of and forgot! The pool was shockingly clean. The sites are a generous 2000 sq feet. We have a 41 DP and toad. We fit with room. It's quiet. The owners are friendly and went our of their way to make our stay perfect! To those who complained - did you check the other campgrounds? They charge more than double. There's no tree's. when the wind blows the sand does too. It looked like a parking lot over there when we checked. The dune is not that high this year. People don't realize you can't mess with God and mother nature. That dune protects the camper's from being pelted with sand as well. The beach is also mother nature and it's gorgeous this year. I can't wait to return to OWC. By the way, I asked about the soap and paper towel; it was being stolen and used to clog toilets but they do have hand sanitizer in every bathhouse. I will be a returning soon!
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Reviews: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2
Good Sam Member

Date of Stay: August, 2015
3 out of 5 stars   Overall Rating
3 out of 5 stars   Restroom Rating
3 out of 5 stars   Appeal Rating
In my view this campground isn't worth what they charge. they do offer campsites with full hook ups, and it is sort of on the beach. You have to trek over this 4 story sand dune to get to it (there's no walkway, or steps; just a well traveled path in mushy unpacked sand), and once you have survived hiking of Mt. Rodanthe, the beach is so narrow you hardly have room to put your things down before some idiot with a 4 wheel drive truck wants to drive where you're sitting. I really wanted a campground with access to the beach. There is a beach access place down the road a bit where the beach is a little more accessible. The camp sites are all level with paved pads for your camper. There is lots of well manicured grass, feels nice under your feet. The hook ups were well maintained, and appropriately placed for easy hook up. The bath house was cleanish, but still adequate, and reasonably equipped to be able to do what you needed to do in there. The campground staff were nice enough on check in, but don't dare set any mats, coolers, sewer hoses, lawn chairs on that grass. They are not shy about reminding you of this as they drive through on their little putt putt golf cart. We stayed 5 days, spent as little time as possible in the campground. I'm not opposed to staying here again, it just won't be my first choice, or my second. It's saving grace that keeps it in my list of places to possibly stay in the future is that there's a Dairy Queen across the road from it.
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shadow 57

Reviews: 11
Helpful Reviews: 9
Good Sam Member

Date of Stay: May, 2015
3 out of 5 stars   Overall Rating
3 out of 5 stars   Facility Rating
3 out of 5 stars   Restroom Rating
3 out of 5 stars   Appeal Rating
Centrally located and next to beach. Nice and clean but small spaces almost on top of each other. Staff friendly. Restroom were clean but had no soap or towels. Showers had no place to put your clothes or shower items. Ok for price.
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ideal wallman

Reviews: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3
Good Sam Member

Date of Stay: September, 2015
5 out of 5 stars   Overall Rating
5 out of 5 stars   Facility Rating
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5 out of 5 stars   Appeal Rating
This camp ground is a family run business. Someone had suggested we stay vs another campground. Sure glad we did. Very nice grounds, short walking distance to the beach. we had a very nice shady spot so no need to use our awning. Met some great people, most of these campers are people who have been coming to Ocean Waves for 10 - 20 years, so that alone can tell you something of the camp gorund. They are strict with all there rules, no loud music or noise after 10pm, speed limit 5mph that include golf carts. If you caught breaking the rules they will ask you to leave on the spot. This made our eight day stay very enjoyable. Besides another couple we were the only new campers to be camping there. Now if you really like a camp ground where you can relax and enjoy your stay, I recommend Ocean Waves at the Outer Banks of NC.
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S-bnd: From Jct of US-158/164/264 & NC-12, S 25.3 mi on NC-12, in Waves (L); or N-bnd: From Okracoke/Hatteras Ferry, N 33.8 mi on NC-12 (R)

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