Enjoy a warm, waterside view that sidesteps the traffic. Check out these secluded spots to explore the coast away from the main drag
Camp Hatteras RV Resort and Campground
Road Trip: Head down North Carolina Highway 12 (NC-12) from your campsite at Hatteras to Ocracoke Island, a charming spot where you can walk along 16 miles of undeveloped coastline. With a permit, you can even drive directly down to the beach. The shore is about two miles from the village, so be prepared to drive, or stay in the village and take in the local cuisine and culture.
Jekyll Island Campground
Road Trip: Stop into the state’s only sea turtle education and rehabilitation facility at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. With year-round indoor and outdoor programs, it’s the perfect chance to encounter live sea turtles and see rehabilitation in action. You can enjoy a wide range of interactive exhibits and experiences, like “Turtles at Twilight” and “Scutes School.”
Edisto Beach State Park
Road Trip: Walk the Spanish Mount Trail. The site dates to approximately 3,000 to 4,000 years ago and features a 12-foot-high circle of shells that may have been a Native American ceremonial site. Under the shade of a maritime forest of live oaks palmetto trees, it’s a hike that’s beautiful, easy, and lightly travelled.
Clearwater Lake Campground
Road Trip: Stay in the forest and paddle your canoe or kayak across Clearwater Lake to find the perfect quiet spot. The edge of the lake boasts more than a mile circuit, so you have plenty of space to explore. Rentals are available, so if you don’t own a canoe or kayak, don’t fret. Full hookups aren’t available, but it’s the perfect boondock stop to convene with nature.