A LOT more people are going down to Hatteras for their summer vacations...many more than when we first started going and even 2 years ago. Because of this, the roads are more congested, the lines are always outrageous and the wait for the ferry to Ocracoke Island is irritating. The big vehicles and RVs minimize the efficiency of the ferry. What really gets me is the complete disregard for the dunes, the beach and other people. Everyone seems to think that this is "their" vacation and therefore, no one and nothing else matters. Cars stopped in the middle of the road, people walking over the fences to get their spot on the beach and feeding the wildlife.
I know these things aren't the acts of people reading this tip, most likely but you'll see it. Hatteras has always been a part of my life and seeing people thoughtlessly here breaks my heart.
Everytime we left our campsite and even while we were right inside our tent, it was surrounded by geese and ducks. Normally this is pretty cute, but they were pecking at the tent to get something that was falling from the tree. Everywhere we went, they followed us (I think people feed them--don't do this EVER, feeding wild animals is very bad) They also don't clean up after themselves too well or observe the quiet hours the campground posts.
Please also note, the campground was in particularly bad shape, having suffered a fair amount of damage from a hurricane a few weeks prior. NORMALLY, there's more of a grassy area.
Frequent threat of hurricanes. VERY annoying to evacuate since there is one 2 lane road. Everyone is trying to leave at the same time.