Cedar Island Ranch is located at 120 Driftwood Dr, Cedar Island, NC 28520 (North Carolina Hwy 12), Cedar Island, NC 28520.
You won’t want for any modern camping convenience on Cedar Island at the southern tip of the Outer Banks, but you can have an experience that you only could have had if you were landing 500 years ago, before any European first dropped a beer can on the beach. You can ride your horse (well, our horse) for miles of pristine white quartz sand and see the wonder that was Pamlico Sound before it had a name. The important things around here haven’t changed a bit. It’s a rare place and one that any lifetime of camping should include.
We’re a beautifully equipped, large, very well-organized campground with lots of pull-through slots for RV owners. We’re also big-rig-friendly with wide paved streets for access. Many options for hookups. Or just bring the family and stay in our ultra-comfy motel rooms or make it a real live-in vacation in our two-bedroom condos.
Take a look at the site map to find the amenities like our visitor center and camp store, riding stables, canoe and kayak launch, beach access, on-site restaurant, post office, and ferry boarding. You have your self-contained vacation right here in the glorious preserve that is Cedar Island and its surroundings. Or use Cedar Island as a base camp for Outer Banks daytrips and fishing expeditions.
We’re a birdwatcher and nature lover’s paradise. The Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge is nearly 15,000 acres to the south of Cedar Island Bay and home to a marvelous variety of wildlife, including black bear, deer, otter and marsh rabbits. Thousands of ducks winter here, and it’s a nesting habitat for colonial waterbirds and secretive marshbirds like the eastern black rail and the rare McGillivray’s seaside sparrow. Take a horseback ride and you’ll spot dolphins, sea otters, seabirds, free-range cattle, and different species of saltwater stingrays and fish.
Some of the best sport angling in the world can be had right from the beach, with big red drum, sea mullet, spots, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and trout biting. Venture out on your boat or charter to catch mahi mahi, wahoo, and yellowfin tuna, to name just a few.
It may sound odd that public transportation is one of the biggest attractions in the area, but you understand once you take the leisurely 2.5-hour scenic cruise on the G Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries across the majestic Pamlico Sound to and from Ocracoke Island. The terminal is literally right at the end of scenic Hwy 12, and so are we, so take your vehicle straight to the ferries, which run all day, and devote a good chunk of your trip to the sensational restaurants, shops, galleries and spas in Ocracoke or in the other direction in Beaufort, a 45-minute drive down the coast. Visit the Harkers Island Cape Lookout Lighthouse.
We’re famous for splendid 90-minute rides and the excitement of spotting the legendary Wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs (oh, they’re real).
Crab is a verb here. Crabbing, clamming, and casting a net to catch local shrimp provides a day of fun and dinner!
Have the camera ready – it’s going to be epic. From beach or boat, the best trophy fishing of your life: speckled trout, flounder, red drum, mackerel, blue fish, and mullet.
Relax while the kids swing, slide and climb in the shade. Or join in the fun.
Play billiards (we call it pool) and video games at the Bay Breeze during business hours.
Many happy hours in the sand. Stop by the front office to check-out a ball – and play hard, but play nice.
Gesundheit! The horses have donated their old shoes (you should see the size of their closets!). They’ll tell you: it’s the only way to throw a shoe.
The great Cedar Island outdoors gives the ever-popular target game new excitement.
Dogs and iguanas welcome on the beach and in the campground, if they behave themselves.
There is no better way to get a close glimpse at the fantastic beauty of Cedar Island than cruising through the Bay on a canoe or kayak.
If you are looking for relaxation, our pristine white sand beaches are calling your name! The waters of the Pamlico Sound are quiet, and sandbars are frequently formed throughout the shoreline, making the waters perfect for sunbathing, walking, or playing with young children.
Fast, reliable Wi-Fi, necessary for roughing it. Did we mention it’s free?
What did you forget? We’ve probably got it if it’s legal. Fishing gear, fishing licenses, ice and all the convenience store fare.
The Bay Breeze restaurant on site, beloved by Cedar Islanders, offers local seafood and a full bar.
OK, not one of your favorite vacation activities – so let’s get it over with! Easy, clean, modern coin-op laundry room
Clean up in our modern bath house.
Every pad and cabin gets its own fire ring with a nice bench for fire-watching. You’ll find wood at the Camp Store.
Grab a lakeside table and have a picnic for every meal. Our tables are kept spotless and sit on a large concrete pad.
Fun and freedom in a fenced fortress fit for Fido.