Driving In The Sand
The sand can get deep, so your vehicle must not only have 4-Wheel Drive but it must also have enough clearance to get through deep sand.
With the absence of paved roads on this 10 mile stretch of beach, life in the 4-Wheel Drive area is married to the tides. It is possible to drive in all tides; however, we recommend driving at or close to low tide until you get the hang of driving on sand. Low tide is when the beach is at it's widest and the sand is moist and packed.
When driving in the 4-Wheel Drive area, you will encounter some challenges other than tides. These are:
Old stumps sticking out of the sand
Horses and other wildlife (See the Wild Horse Ordinance!!)
Turtle Hatchings and Crossings
Children, Families, Dogs
Things that have washed up
Houses too close to the ocean
Giant puddles after a big rain
Trying to find your beach house without the help of road signs
All in all, the 4-Wheel Drive area is fun to drive in and is a coveted activity in the Outer Banks. It is always an adventure!