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Utm18 04-28-2013 09:48 AM

Will be going to to outerbanks in the middle of June. Anybody ever been? Any do's or don'ts or must do or see while jeeping along the beaches?

Mattador1516 04-29-2013 06:09 AM

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.

dukedallas 05-01-2013 07:07 AM

Class? We went to Corolla last year and drove on the beach, our kids loved it, we saw the wild horses etc. Driving on the beach is so AWESOME!

Things to rememeber/know:

-Deflate your tires to 10-15 lbs.

-Bring a tire inflator if you have one, with extra fuses (if your plugs into a lighter kind).

-HEAVILY PATROLLED BY COPS on Quads, keep your speed down to 15mph max

-You'll be driving between people partying it up in pop ups tents and people hanging out near the waters edge, BE CAREFUL lots of small kids all over the place.

-YOU WILL LOVE IT, just play by the rules you'll be fine!

AlexS 05-01-2013 07:26 PM

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.

TJ4Jim 05-01-2013 07:40 PM

Went to Assateague Island National Seashore last summer and the beach was great, It went on for miles and was very quiet. Great spot.

Utm18 05-01-2013 08:30 PM

Thanks for the input guys

DrewG 05-02-2013 12:34 PM

From the Oregon Inlet off road area south to Ocracoke, you'll need a permit. I believe if you're going to Corolla or north, you're ok without one. Check out:
Off Road Vehicle Use - Cape Hatteras National Seashore

We're going to Ocracoke the 1st week in June and I plan on getting the $50 single week permit. Did this last year, and it was pretty damn cool.

goonie1 05-04-2013 06:41 AM

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...

Have a blast!!!

Raoul 05-04-2013 07:10 AM


Originally Posted by goonie1 (Post 3717975)
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.

eastok 05-04-2013 10:23 AM

good info to me,HEAVILY PATROLLED BY COPS on Quads, keep your speed down to 15mph max

DrewG 05-06-2013 02:43 PM


Originally Posted by goonie1 (Post 3717975)
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!

tigerblood 05-06-2013 09:16 PM

We stayed in a beach house in Rodanthe a couple summers and a little motel in Avon another time. No beach driving down there but AWESOME surf and waves.

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