Driving On The Beach In The Outer Banks
At its core, the key to safely driving on sand is Making sure to reduce your tyre pressure to increase its surface area and to make sure to maintain your momentum to “float” on top of the sand. Make sure to also use low range so you can have Estimated Reading Time: 11 mins.
The World’s Famous Beach is our not just a tourist slogan. We have the only beach like it in the world and we need to keep it that way for generations to come. To ensure this, our county charter initiative would require a county .
Here are tips for driving on all types of sand. – The first thing to do in any kind of vehicle is to let the air out of the tires. Drop the pressure to levels way, way too low to Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins.
Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) Use
Department of Transportation 5. Night Driving: During the sea turtle nesting season, from May 1 to November 15, driving on the Seashore’s beaches is prohibited from 9 p. Some portions of designated ORV routes may reopen to night driving on September 15 if there are no turtle nests in the area. November 16 to April 30 night driving is allowed.
Pets must be on a 6-foot leash at all times. Pets are prohibited within any bird closure. They can disturb nesting adults, kill chicks or crush eggs. Fires are prohibited from 10 p. Beach fires are permitted from November 16 to April 30 on Seashore’s beaches with the free beach permit. Beach Fires may be ignited and maintained seaward of the ocean dune below the high tide mark, but in no case less than 50 feet from a vegetated area and fires must not be built within any resource closure or within feet meters of any turtle nest closure.
All fires must be no greater then 3 feet in diameter. The use of non-wood products or wood products containing non-wood items glass, plastics, cans for fire construction is prohibited. No beach fires are allowed in posted bird or turtle nest protection areas. Remove ANY trash or litter from the beach, including bait, fish parts or dead fish. Trash attracts predators. Feeding wildlife Including Gulls is prohibited. Human food is unhealthy for wildlife and may create a harmful dependence on humans for survival.
Feeding may artificially inflate animal populations, create aggressive behavior and force other species out of habitat. Kite flying and frisbee tossing are prohibited within or above any bird closure. Kites and frisbees can scare birds off their nests, leaving eggs and chicks exposed to predators and deadly heat. Fireworks and metal detectors are not permitted. Jet Skis and other motorized personal watercraft are not allowed.
Return all fish not being kept back to the water alive, including skates and sharks. Camp ONLY in designated campgrounds , not on the beaches. Do not dump wastewater or greywater on the beach. Please use park dump stations for this purpose. Portions of the beach may be temporarily closed to ORVs due to mandated protection of wildlife and plant species, such as protected birds and sea turtles.
Closure boundaries may shrink or expand given the specific behavior or requirements of protected wildlife. In addition, certain areas of beach may be closed due to seasonal pedestrian use or if the beach is too narrow for safe driving.
Alternative routes of bypasses may be established if possible. For current information, visit one of the seashore visitor centers or www. Do not drive on or between the dunes. Driving or parking on vegetation is prohibited. Observe Posted Speed Limits.
The speed limit on park beaches is 15 mph unless otherwise posted. Reckless Driving ie: cutting circles or defacing the beach is prohibited. Avoid driving or parking on the wrack line. The wrack line is a line of stranded natural debris on the beach left by a previous high tide that can be an important food source for birds. Open containers of any type of alcoholic beverage are prohibited in vehicles.
Public consumption of spirituous liquors or fortified wines is prohibited. The use of seatbelts is required. Do not hang out of moving vehicles or sit on the tailgate or roof. Those in truck beds must be seated on the floor with the tailgate closed.
Children in truck beds must be accompanied by an adult. Check the weather forecast and tide tables before starting your trip.