Originally Posted by im4duke
I'm taking my kids to the OBX in late May for an adventure and need help,planning it out. Three key objectives:
1. See the wild horses
2. Drive on the beach
3. Remember it forever
We are driving down from Ohio and camping in our rooftop trailer tent. Looking for advice on places to camp, where to visit, tips to make it all work out nicely.
Ideally, we would camp on the beach. My research shows that is mainly far south. Might go as far as Hatteras, but not too interested in going further. Thought about CapeHatteras campground as it seems nice and is waterfront, but looks like it could be a long drive up North to see horses. Would like a place that I can reserve in advance so no worries about first come first serve. Not especially limited in terms of camp fees and open to staying a night here and a night there...
Looked into ORV passes. Not sure if I have to pick up at an office or if I can have mailed to me. This could necessitate going to a specific location.
Any suggestions are welcome. Some times the inter web has too much information to make sense of, so experienced guidance would be helpful.
I'm a regular OBX'er so I'll chime in.
1) The wild horses are at the north end. Just take HWY 12 to the northern end up in Corolla. This would be a nice 1/2 day or day trip. The best time is early in the morning or late afternoon because that is usually when you can see the horsed walking on the beach. This is also free because of the beach is actually a continuation of HWY 12 due to the houses that are only accessible via the beach. Can also throw in the Currituck Lighthouse visit and wildlife center since it is up there too.
2) North end of HWY as mentioned above. There is also some nice riding back on the other side of the dunes up there too. As far as the south end, it's all National Park area and now requires a permit. Here's the link to that info.
Off-Road Vehicle Use - Cape Hatteras National Seashore (U.S. National Park Service)
This site will give you maps, what's open (varies depending on what wildlife is nesting where), and information on the OHV permits (and online permit process). I usually just pop in one the locations down there and get mine.
As far as camping, I stay at Camp Hatteras in Rodanthe...it's a nice campground. There's also a KOA next to that. I might recommend Ocean Waves campground in Rodanthe also because it has more protected sites for tent camping. Remember the winds can kick up in a flash at the OBX!!!
Unfortunately there really is no camping at the north end or within the Nags Head/Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills area.
The good part of staying around the Rodanthe area is you are just about a 25 minute drive to the Nags Head area, but out of the hooplah for good camping. The Bodie Island lighthouse is also open for climbing now too..it's right there at Oregon Inlet.
I could on and on and on.....I'll be there April 17-20 for Easter
Oh yeah...just get out and enjoy the OBX for the wonderful place it is, relax, breath in the air really "see" whats there...and it will be part of you forever!