Yes. I live fairly close. Dont plant to drive on the beach....UNLESS you attend the class. There's places all up and down where they are given. Usually, we just go to the one given at Cape Hatteras. Last year it was 55.00 for four days. Climb the lighthouse, its pretty cool, and bring fishing poles! Have fun, and DONT speed. Cops get antsy during tourist season.
Remember that if any horses come within 50 feet or so of you, you must vacate the area. If they are walking up to your jeep you cant move it until they are far enough away. I saw one time where people moved away from their picnic because the horses came and they wouldnt move away and the people couldnt get back to there stuff! I was planning on taking the Jeep down on my visit the last week of June but I dont think I'm going to. Cheaper to just ride down with my brother in his Kia (close to 40MPG!!!). Might just rent a jeep for a day down there and have some fun. My favorite thing to do in OBX was to wake up around 9, eat some breakfast, then take a cooler with a case of beers in it onto the beach and drink until I got hungry again! One cool thing to check out if your a history person is the Wright Brothers Museum.
just went there last weekend. check out the dunes near kitty hawk if you want to go for a nice walk. there's decent surf near s-turns and down by cape hatteras frequently (decent by east coast standards anyways) i didn't want to pay for the ORV permit at OBX when you can go up to corolla for free. The entrance to the beach at corolla is soft sand but only lasts 150 feet, after that the beach was hard packed, almost like driving on pavement but if you park toward the dunes you will hit some softer sand.
when we went, the surf was a bit too big for me since I'm not a good surfer so we went back to assateague, it was a bit more manageable for us and our longboards, we frequent that place quite a bit during the summer since it only a 3 hr drive from us. the beach there is all soft sand and airing down is a MUST. It's also tracked out quite a bit and you will be bouncing around in ruts from other people driving on the beach, makes it more fun in my opinion :-)
if you're camping you may want to keep in mind that OBX wont let you have campfires at the campsites anymore and you need a permit to have a fire on the beach. Assateague lets you have campfires at the campsites and you can have fires on the beach as long as they are below the high tide mark i believe..... the rules get a bit confusing and blend together sometimes...
just went there last weekend. check out the dunes near kitty hawk if you want to go for a nice walk..
That's called Jockeys Ridge State Park, highest dune around you can't miss it.
The dune shifts and kind of heading south at about five feet per year.
There is a mini golf from the seventies buried under it.
Years back, the top of a castle from one of the holes was visible but now it's just legend.
But, I can say I was one of the ones what seen it.
i didn't want to pay for the ORV permit at OBX when you can go up to corolla for free.
Oh believe me, I don't want to pay that either, but we're staying in Ocracoke which is a 45-60 minute ferry ride, THEN 2+ hours to get up to Corolla...pretty sure I'd waste the $50 for a permit in gas doing that. That being said, I sure do want to check out the driving on the north end of the Outer Banks!