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Image Courtesy of Outer Banks Photography by Lisa A Griggs

Travelers to the Outer Banks often want to take their cars or truck on the beach. Before you attempt this, however, there are some things you need to know.

– Every town has different regulations concerning driving on the beach. Be sure you have permits where necessary.

– Corolla and Carova – Driving permitted after the paved road ends heading north through Corolla. Beach driving is also permitted from Oct 1st. – April 30th at designated beach accesses. Speed limit 25 mph unless otherwise marked.

– Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores do not allow driving on the beach.

– Town of Duck – Vehicles are not permitted on our beach between May 1 and September 30. Vehicles are permitted during the other months of the year by using designated private vehicular access points. There is no public vehicular access to our beach and driving on the dunes is prohibited at all times.

– Kill Devil Hills – Driving permitted Oct. 1 thru April 30th (some areas may be closed to driving due to beach erosion and unsafe conditions). Speed limit 25 mph unless otherwise marked.

– Nags Head – Oct. 1 thru April 30th a beach driving permit needed ($25) Available at the Nags Head Town offices and many tackle shops. Speed limit 25 mph unless otherwise marked.

– Hatteras Island and Ocracoke – Signs located at the various beach access ramps will state if driving is permitted on that particular area of the beach (see below). Speed limit 25 mph unless otherwise marked. Vehicles must have an ORV permit to drive within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on designated ORV routes.

For more information, contact the respective town’s administrative office at:
Southern Shores
252-261-2394
http://www.southernshores.org
Town Of Kitty Hawk
252-261-3552
http://www.townofkittyhawk.org
Town of Kill Devil Hills
252-449-5300
http://www.kdhnc.com
Town of Nags Head
252-441-5508
http://www.townofnagshead.net
Dare County Offices
252-475-5000
http://www.co.dare.nc.us
Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
252-473-2138
http://www.outerbanks.org
Currituck County Offices
252-232-2075
http://www.co.currituck.nc.us
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
252-473-2111
http://www.nps.gov/caha/

Driving safely on the beach requires wise planning and execution. For more rules and regulations and recommendations for safety precautions visit:  http://www.outer-banks.nc.us/newsinfo/randr.htm

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