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Old 05-29-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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I am staying in Corolla, NC soon for a wedding. The house I am staying at is located on the beach, and the only way to get there is to drive 6 miles on the beach. I have been told that I need some sort of off-roading vehicle to get to the house. I have to let air out of the tires too! We have a Wrangler and an Explorer. Obviously the Explorer can hold more luggage, but I am not certain if it will make the trek. Will the Wrangler?

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I am staying in Corolla, NC soon for a wedding. The house I am staying at is located on the beach, and the only way to get there is to drive 6 miles on the beach. I have been told that I need some sort of off-roading vehicle to get to the house. I have to let air out of the tires too! We have a Wrangler and an Explorer. Obviously the Explorer can hold more luggage, but I am not certain if it will make the trek. Will the Wrangler?
It shouldn't be a problem, I drove on that beach in a 2008 Jeep Liberty w/o airing down...

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Old 05-29-2013, 05:33 PM   #3
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Was just out there 2 weekends ago, wrangler will definatly do just fine out there
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Sounds like an excuse to go bigger!
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:10 PM   #5
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Its recommended that only 4x4s go on the beach. I think you explorer will do fine but I would rather take my jeep. Take a couple pieces if 2x4 with you just in case you get stuck. Also avoid any and all water puddles apparently they like to swallow vehicles!
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:44 PM   #6
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I took a 2012 escape with 4WD/AWD out there last year and drove around for hours for two day. I never felt once like I was going to get stuck. It did drag a little due to ground clearance but that was the only issue. I aired down 18 psi if I remember correctly. Tonight I will leave to go back down again. This time I will have the escape and JKU. Should be fun.
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The area you are referring to is actually named Corova, NC. We were there over last Christmas and took our JKU and Grand Cherokee. Initially, aired down to 15psi and wondered why. Other than the entrance to the beach (where the road ends), it was hard pack ......... that is until you left the beach to go into the neighborhoods.

Very loose sand but not particularly deep so remember to keep your speed up a bit.

Wrangler, NO problem and the Explorer will do just fine too. Subaru Foresters were going by the house .... struggled a bit but kept on moving through so I think both yours will do fine.

Suggestion: Stay out of the water on the beach....can have soft spots that are easy to get stuck in (not to mention developing rust on the vehicle) and in neighborhoods, stay away from water holes (ask me how I know). Previous poster is 100% dead on with this one. They may have no bottom! Either go around them if possible or if no bypass, TURN AROUND and find another way.......trust me.

Most of all enjoy - it is a truly beautiful and quiet place and the wild horses are really cool as well. Safe travels.
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The area you are referring to is actually named Corova, NC. We were there over last Christmas and took our JKU and Grand Cherokee. Initially, aired down to 15psi and wondered why. Other than the entrance to the beach (where the road ends), it was hard pack ......... that is until you left the beach to go into the neighborhoods.

Very loose sand but not particularly deep so remember to keep your speed up a bit.

Wrangler, NO problem and the Explorer will do just fine too. Subaru Foresters were going by the house .... struggled a bit but kept on moving through so I think both yours will do fine.

Suggestion: Stay out of the water on the beach....can have soft spots that are easy to get stuck in (not to mention developing rust on the vehicle) and in neighborhoods, stay away from water holes (ask me how I know). Previous poster is 100% dead on with this one. They may have no bottom! Either go around them if possible or if no bypass, TURN AROUND and find another way.......trust me.

Most of all enjoy - it is a truly beautiful and quiet place and the wild horses are really cool as well. Safe travels.
Ok I have to ask.... how do you know about the water puddles?
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We road on that beach north of Corolla, NC and some of the roads off of it with a Jeep Commander, no prob, no airing down. And there are wild horses to see...
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I'm down here today! Last year I think I remember seeing people in the back of pickups. Do you think I would get stopped for having some one in the back of a JKU ( trunk)?
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I'm down here today! Last year I think I remember seeing people in the back of pickups. Do you think I would get stopped for having some one in the back of a JKU ( trunk)?
Look up north carolina seatbelt laws. It should answer your question or if easy enough just ask a cop if you see one (no better source then the law itself)
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As for the waterholes - was driving through the neighborhoods and came to a large "puddle" blocking the entire lane. The JKU on 35's should be able to cross this no problem, right? As the rear tires got into the water, the water level was almost hood deep. That was not the worst of it. At the middle point of the "puddle" there was a canyon (or felt like one when we hit it anyway) at the bottom that rocked the whole truck. Locals probably dig those to have a good yuck at the "tourons".

Needless to say, the jeep was fine, but the crossing did remove my front plate and EZ-pass bumper transponder that I was sure was at the bottom of the lagoon! Luckily, we went back and found both of them on the edge of the "puddle" and a quick trip to Ace Hardware had me all straight.

Morale of the story: I knew better and went anyway. Shame on me.
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As a 30 year resident of Corolla and someone who literally learned to drive on the 4WD beaches, both of your vehicles should do fine. It's not always necessary to air down, but as the beach changes, so do driving conditions. The ramps are *always* soft and unless you're an experienced 4wd sand driver, it is safer to air down. Please note that the same rules that apply on paved road also apply in the 4wd areas. All riders must be secured in a seat belt and the speed limit is 15 mph if you are within 100 ft. of any pedestrian. Please don't approach the horses...it's against the law. Here's an informative brochure about driving safely on our 4WD beaches... http://co.currituck.nc.us/pdf/Leisur...2012-PROOF.pdf

Welcome to Corolla and have a fabulous time. You are in for a real treat...there aren't many places that are as beautiful as the 4WD beach areas of Currituck County.
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It appears to be legal for anyone over the age of 16 to ride in the trunk of the jeep with the top off or a child if an adult is present.


Effective as of: October 1, 2008

§ 20-135.2B. Transporting children under 16 years of age in open bed or open cargo area of a vehicle prohibited; exceptions.

(a) The operator of a vehicle having an open bed or open cargo area shall insure ensure that no child under 16 years of age is transported in the bed or cargo area of that vehicle. An open bed or open cargo area is a bed or cargo area without permanent overhead restraining construction.

(b) Subsection (a) of this section does not apply in any of the following circumstances:

(1) An adult is present in the bed or cargo area of the vehicle and is supervising the child.

(2) The child is secured or restrained by a seat belt manufactured in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, installed to support a load strength of not less than 5,000 pounds for each belt, and of a type approved by the Commissioner.

(3) An emergency situation exists.

(4) The vehicle is being operated in a parade.

(5) The vehicle is being operated in an agricultural enterprise, including providing transportation to and from the principal place of the agricultural enterprise.

(c) Any person violating this section shall have committed an infraction and shall pay a penalty of not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00), even if more than one child less than 16 years of age is riding in the open bed or open cargo area of a vehicle. A person found responsible for a violation of this section may not be assessed court costs.

(d) No drivers license points or insurance surcharge shall be assessed on account of violation of this section. A violation of this section shall not constitute negligence per se."

SECTION 2. This act becomes effective October 1, 2008, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:36 PM   #15
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Rode the other day with two people in the back of the jeep (JKU - top off)in the 4x4 area ( corova). I passed multiple cop/sheriffs without any issues. Had a great time!
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I cannot wait to take my jeep to the beach in nc too bad you can't play on the dunes I pretty sure it's illegal not positive though
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I cannot wait to take my jeep to the beach in nc too bad you can't play on the dunes I pretty sure it's illegal not positive though
Yep, everything I've read about 4x4 in obx says stay off the dunes. I'm excited, we are going down the 15-17 of June.
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Alot of the roads go over the dunes! You will have a great time
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Yeah so much better than va beach I would half to say compared between the two more freedom
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I am staying in Corolla, NC soon for a wedding. The house I am staying at is located on the beach, and the only way to get there is to drive 6 miles on the beach. I have been told that I need some sort of off-roading vehicle to get to the house. I have to let air out of the tires too! We have a Wrangler and an Explorer. Obviously the Explorer can hold more luggage, but I am not certain if it will make the trek. Will the Wrangler?
Wrangler will be fine... Make sure to air down.

My family has a house 16 miles up the beach and mine does perfectly fine.
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I am staying in Corolla, NC soon for a wedding. The house I am staying at is located on the beach, and the only way to get there is to drive 6 miles on the beach. I have been told that I need some sort of off-roading vehicle to get to the house. I have to let air out of the tires too! We have a Wrangler and an Explorer. Obviously the Explorer can hold more luggage, but I am not certain if it will make the trek. Will the Wrangler?
I've had my stock JK out on the beach at Carova (North of Corolla) a few times and it was great. I have a GMC Canyon (4x4) and I wouldn't take it out on the beach, not enough clearance. The spot where you leave highway 12 is the worse, deep and very loose sand. I was told by a Corova local that they see quite a few Ford "Exploders" on the beach every year. The wild horses are cool as well.
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We just came back. We saw a couple of Honda CRV's stuck and a Lexus SUV stuck. Other than that everyone seemed to be doing OK although there was some areas as you get up around the border that had soft sand. Just be prudent.

Also make sure you see the horses !!!

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Anybody know if I can access False Cape from Carova/Carolla? Seems a better way to play than coming in from the north, but I'd like my Jeep to be there when I come back out.
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Is it legal to camp out here? Some friends of mine are in yorktown for a while and want to go camping on a beach relatively close to that area and this seems to be the best bet
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Is it legal to camp out here? Some friends of mine are in yorktown for a while and want to go camping on a beach relatively close to that area and this seems to be the best bet
I don't believe overnight camping on the beach is allowed at Corolla.

Here is a link to beach camping in NC

A Coastal Camping Experience - NC Coast & Beaches - North Carolina Travel & Tourism
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Does corolla still make you get driving permits
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No permit required for driving on Corolla beach. It's part of highway 12
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How about driving on the beach at Hatteras? I have seen some stuff stating you need a permit and others saying no. Any help is appreciated. Heading down there in two weeks.
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How about driving on the beach at Hatteras? I have seen some stuff stating you need a permit and others saying no. Any help is appreciated. Heading down there in two weeks.
Hatteras you need a permit. Corova you do not.
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How about driving on the beach at Hatteras? I have seen some stuff stating you need a permit and others saying no. Any help is appreciated. Heading down there in two weeks.
They've really made Hatteras a pain to drive on. Call ahead to the "authorities" to determine which parts of Hatteras will be legally accessible when you come down. Last time I checked they required a $50 permit to drive on Hatteras.

The number to call should be available in the link I previously posted.

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