Did a 650 mile loop of the NC Outer Banks this weekend and had to post up the flip side of the ninja camping mantra. Similar circumstances as last time. Rolled into camp at 2AM, set up tent. Up with the sun and mostly packed by the time the Rangers got in at 8AM. Nobody said anything to me, I could have rolled right on out and stiffed them the $20. Something told me to stop and pay. As an added bonus the park ranger pointed me to an awesome out of the way spot for breakfast, one of the few places in the area where you can grab a meal on the ocean pier. Something about waking up to this view made me think the National Park Service earned my $20 for their effort. I literally rolled over, unzipped my tent, and took that picture. Camp. And for general information so you know where your money is going. I'm all about saving a buck on a road trip but the quality that's consistently put forth by the Park Service is worth the camp fee if you can swing it.