Hurricane-Ravaged Cape Hatteras KOA Reopening
For many, vacationing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a peaceful respite. The beautiful coastline unfolds hundreds of miles of natural beaches and sand dunes covered with sea oats dancing in the coastal breeze.
Cape Hatteras Kampgrounds of America (KOA), located on Hatteras Island, offers premier camping in the midst of such paradise. To the east, the Atlantic Ocean laps the sandy beaches, holding a treasure trove of sea shells and offering bountiful fishing. To the west, the vast shallow bay of the Pamlico Sound courts water sports enthusiasts from around the continent for some of the best kite boarding and wind surfing around, according to a written announcement from KOA.
One of only a handful of resorts in the KOA system, Cape Hatteras KOA was nearly destroyed in August 2011 when Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc across much of the Caribbean and East Coast of the United States. Following an extensive rebuilding process, the campground reopened as an inclusive vacation destination with a variety of accommodations unique to the KOA system.
Elevated Deluxe Cabins offer ocean views and come furnished with linens and kitchen supplies, and a new main building houses a store, café, and, on the third floor, Vacation Suites that rival resort hotel accommodations. These suites overlook the pool, with views of the ocean, or the sound, where sunsets are legendary.
Where once the wreckage of a modest pool sat, an Olympic-sized pool has been constructed, featuring a zero entry area, lap lanes, two water slides, and hot tub. Campground guests have full access to all the campground’s amenities, including the pool, hot tub, on-site recreation, mini golf, jumping pillow, Wi-Fi, cable TV, meeting space, and more.
To unveil this resort facility, Cape Hatteras KOA is hosting a grand reopening for the public on May 1–4. Open house tours begin at noon Thursday and continue through the weekend.
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m., followed by a pig roast. Friday, May 2. Chairman and CEO Jim Rogers, who was featured on the hit CBS series “Undercover Boss,” will be present for the ribbon cutting, and guests will receive a free kite to fly during the ceremony.
The public is invited to tour the facility and take part in activities and entertainment. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and proceeds from pancake breakfasts and poolside BBQ go toward KOA Care Camps. This charitable organization sends children with cancer to specialized summer camps throughout North America.
Ongoing campground activities provided by KOA’s recreation specialists, the Summershiners, include fun train tours, tie-dye, games, theater, pirate parades, and more held throughout the weekend.
KOA is proud to take part in the revitalization of the Outer Banks following the relentless weather of the past several years. The property was under construction the entire year of 2012, delayed numerous times by weather including two hurricanes and a large nor’easter that blocked entrance to the island and washed away the ocean’s dunes. The bulk of construction wrapped Memorial Day 2013, but improvements continue to be made to the property.
During a recent meeting of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, Chairman Warren Judge thanked KOA for making this investment in Hatteras Island and for moving quickly after Hurricane Irene.
“This project is a good sign of life coming back to the area,” Judge said, noting that campgrounds are well-used on Hatteras Island because people can camp at a reasonable price.