Off Road & 4×4 Information | Carolina Designs

Off RoadOff Roading The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks, with its spectacular natural beauty, offers visitors opportunities to enjoy pleasures that are far from commonplace. Here, you can drive your four-wheel-drive vehicle along the many miles of accessible beach as you search for that perfect fishing spot, or sit around a bonfire with the backdrop of the ocean waves. All of this can be enjoyed, but there are a few regulations that must be followed.

Driving an off-road vehicle (ORV)

Driving an off-road vehicle (ORV) on the beach can be fun where beach driving is permitted. Please observe the following rules:

  • The speed limit is 15 mph unless otherwise posted
  • Enter and leave the beach only at designated, open ramps (never between or on the dunes)
  • Drive only on the portion of the beach that lies between the foot of the dunes a and the ocean
  • Proceed with caution and consideration for other beach visitors — pedestrians always have the right-of-way
  • All vehicles must have a valid vehicle registration, insurance, and license plate
  • The operator of the vehicle must have a current driver’s license


Beach driving in Corolla takes place year-round at the northern end of NC12 where the pavement ends, but south of this point ORV’s are only permitted between October 1st and April 30th. As of summer 2018, permits are required for beach driving in Corolla (Currituck County) from the Friday before Memorial Day until Labor Day. The permit can be purchased at the Corolla Visitors’ Center at 500 Hunt Club Drive in Corolla, or by mail beforehand. For more information, contact the town’s administrative office at 252-453-9612 or visit Please be extra careful when driving north of where the pavement ends, because this is where wild Spanish mustangs roam free. It is illegal to feed or come within 50 feet of these wild animals. This video from the Corolla Wild Horse Fund provides more information.


ORV’s are permitted on these Outer Banks beaches between October 1st and April 30th. No permit required. For more information on beach driving, contact the respective town’s administrative office at: Duck: 252-255-1234 and Kitty Hawk: 252-261-3552.

Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head

Beach driving on these Outer Banks beaches is only allowed between October 1 and April 30. In order to operate an ORV on the beach in Nags Head, visitors must apply for and receive a permit from the Nags Head Town Hall. Permits will be granted only with accompanying proof of state registration. Kill Devil Hills does not require a permit. For more information contact the respective town’s administrative office at: Kill Devil Hills: 252-449-5300 and Nags Head: 252-441-5508.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Use of ORV’s on the Outer Banks beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore is permitted year-round with limitations. Oceanfront beaches located in the Outer Banks towns of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras are closed to vehicles from May to September every year. Driving on beaches at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is strictly prohibited. ORV accesses to beaches are open to vehicles by designated ramps only. For current information on ORV areas, contact National Park Service Headquarters at 252-473-2111 or visit any visitor center located throughout the park.

Southern Shores

No motorized vehicles allowed on the beach.

Information provided by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

Outer Banks Fishing Information


The Outer Banks Is Well-Known As A Sport-Fisherman’s Paradise.

If you plan on going fishing during your trip, please be aware that a Coastal Recreational Fishing License is required for anglers 16 and older. The license is required to recreationally fish in the state’s Coastal Fishing Waters, which include sounds, coastal rivers and their tributaries, and out to three miles in the ocean.

Annual License

State Residents, 16 or older: $15 Non-residents, 16 or older: $30

10-day License

State Residents, 16 or older: $5 Non-residents, 16 or older: $10

Hatteras to Ocracoke

For a list of license retailers, or to order and print a license online visit

Outer Banks Fishing Piers and Fishing Centers

Avalon Pier

MP 6, Kill Devil Hills

Nags Head Fishing Pier

MP 11.5, Nags Head

Outer Banks Pier

MP 18.5, Nags Head

Sound Pier

Nags Head Causeway

Pirates Cover Marina


Oregon Inlet Fishing Center


Broad Creek Fishing Center & Marina


Outer Banks, NC Ferry Schedules | Carolina Designs

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Schedules and Rates

Hatteras-Ocracoke Free Ferry

This free ferry service links the Outer Banks islands of Hatteras and Ocracoke with a relaxing 40-minute trip. During the summer, the wait may be long. Reservations are not accepted.

Hatteras to Ocracoke

May 1 – Oct. 29

Departures at 5am, 6am and 7am; departures every 30 minutes from 7:30am to 7:00pm and at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm and midnight.

Oct. 30 – April 30

Departs every hour, 5am – midnight.

Ocracoke to Hatteras

May 1 – Oct. 29

Departures at 5am, 6am, 7am and 8am; departures every 30 minutes from 8:30am through 7:00pm and at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm and midnight.

Oct. 30 – April 30

Departs every hour, 5am – midnight.

Cedar Island/Swan Quarter Toll Ferries

Reservations, recommended for the Ocracoke ferries to and from Cedar Island (2 1/4 hours) and Swan Quarter (2 1/2 hours); may be made in person at the terminal or by phone, preferably 1 or 2 days in advance. Reservations may be made up to 30 days in advance and must be claimed at least 30 minutes prior to departure.

  • Ocracoke (800) 345-1665
  • Cedar Island (800) 856-0343
  • Swan Quarter (800) 773-1094


  • $1/pedestrians
  • $3/bicycles
  • $10/motorcycles
  • $15/vehicles and/or combinations less than 20′
  • $30/vehicle and/or combination 20′ to 40′
  • $45/vehicle and/or combination up to 65′

The Cedar Island and Swan Quarter ferries have limited departure times.

For information about North Carolina ferries, call 1-800-BY-FERRY.

Outer Banks Churches

Outer Banks Churches

Assembly Of God

Ark International Church

113 W. Villa Dunes Drive
(252) 441-5182


Holy Redeemer by the Sea

301 W. Kitty Hawk Road
(252) 261-4700

Holy Trinity Catholic Parish

7335 S. Virginia Dare Trail
(252) 441-7650


All Saints Episcopal

40 Pintail Trail
(252) 261-6674

St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal

4212 S. Virginia Dare Trail
(252) 441-5382


Emmanuel Lutheran Church

40 Pintail Trail
(252) 261-4961

Grace Lutheran Church by the Sea

4212 S. Croatan Highway
(252) 441-1530


Coastal Family Church

106 W. Finch Street
(252) 449-9062

Liberty Christian Fellowship

244 Williams Drive
(252) 441-6592


Kitty Hawk First Baptist Church

3946 N. Croatan Highway
252) 261-3516

Ocean View Baptist Church

902 S. Virginia Dare Trail
(252) 441-7633

Outer Banks Baptist Church

216 W. First Street
(252) 441-4876

Nags Head Church

105 W. Soundside Road
(252) 441-7548

Still Waters Baptist Church

100 E. Driftwood Street
(252) 255-1833


Duck United Methodist

1214 Duck Road
(252) 261-1525

Kitty Hawk United Methodist

803 W. Kitty Hawk Road
(252) 261-2062


Outer Banks Presbyterian

907 S. Croatan Highway
(252) 441-5897


Unitarian Universalist Congregation

831 Herbert Perry Road
(252) 261-2801

Outer Banks Beach Access

BeachBeach Access

Lifeguards are on the beach from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Hours vary. Most beach areas have roving lifeguards and supervisors unless otherwise indicated by code (NL). Hours and locations are subject to change without notice. Listed below is information on amenities, lifeguard locations and beach accesses.

Dare County beach access codes:

  • BH: Bath House;
  • W: Wood Walkway
  • H: Handicap Pkg
  • PP: Paved Pkg
  • S: Shower
  • NL: No Lifeguard

Southern Shores–10:00am – 6:00pm

Southern Shores has no public beach accesses and parking is by permit only; however, the following locations do provide lifeguard service:

  • Chicahauk Beach (PP, W, H)
  • Hillcrest Beach (PP, W, H)

Kitty Hawk–10:00am – 7:00pm

Roving patrol until 8pm.

Sound Accesses

Whalehead Club

  • Public boat ramp for small craft only

Kitty Hawk–Windgrass Circle

(H, W, PP); Bob Perry/Kitty Hawk Bay (public boat ramp, W, PP)

Kill Devil Hills

  • Hayman Street (includes pier, gazebo, picnic area, W, PP)
  • West 3rd Street and Arch Street (no parking)
  • Dock Street (public boat ramp, W, PP)

Nags Head

  • Jockey’s Ridge State Park/Soundside Road (H, W, PP, bathrooms)
  • West Danube Street; Forrest Street (no parking)
  • Harvey Estuarine MP 16/158 Bypass (H, PP)
  • Nags Head Estuarine on the Causeway (H, W, PP)
  • Melvin R Daniels Bridge on Causeway (H, W, PP, bathrooms)

Currituck County Beaches

  • Stationary Lifeguard Stands on the Beach in Corolla 9:30-5:30
    Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • We also have seven roving ATV Patrols and one Quick Response
    Vehicle that cover the entire beach. Subdivision Name of Stand
    Cross Street to Rt. 12.
  • Ocean Hill Ocean Hill Headwind Way
  • Corolla Light Light House Franklyn St
  • Corolla Light Shad Austin St
  • Whalehead Sturgeon Corner of Lighthouse and Sturgeon
  • Whalehead Herring Corner of Lighthouse and Herring
  • Whalehead Bonito Corner of Lighthouse and Bonito
  • Whalehead Sailfish Corner of Lighthouse and Sailfish
  • Buck Island Buck Island Buck Island Bath house – Orion Way
  • Crown Point Crown Point Crown Point Circle
  • Ocean Sands Section P Driftwood Way
  • Ocean Sands Section O Sea Bird Way
  • Ocean Sands Section F Sandfiddler
  • Ocean Sands Section D Marlin Way
  • Pine Island/Currituck Club Bath house Public County Bath house off Rt 12 – Old Story Rd
  • Pine Island Pine Island Hampton Inn – Audobon Drive

Public Beach Accesses

  • Currituck County Southern Beach Access – 471 Ocean Trail (Bathroom, Shower, Parking)
  • Sailfish St and Whalehead Dr (Parking)
  • Bonito St and Whalehead Dr (Parking)
  • Perch Street and Whalehead Dr (Parking)
  • Sturgeon St and Whalehead Dr (Parking)
  • Shad St and Whalehead Dr (Parking)

Outer Banks Night Life

Night LifeNight Life


Metropolis Martini & Tapas

Ocean Club Centre
520 Old Stoney Road, Corolla
(252) 453-6167

Sundogs Raw Bar & Grill

Monteray Shores Plaza
807 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-GAME

North Beach Movie Diner

Monteray Shores Plaza
815 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-2999

The Shack Coffee Shop

Beer & Wine Garden
1148 Ocean Trail, Duck
(252) 597-1500

Kitty Hawk

Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar

4700 N. Virginia Dare Trail
MP 3, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-2546

Trio Wine Bar & Tap House

3708 N. Croatan Highway
MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-0277

Barefoot Bernie’s Grill & Bar

3730 N. Croatan Highway
MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-1008

Nags Head

OBX Bowling

201 W. Satterfield Landing Road, Nags Head
(252) 255-1187

OBX Laser Tag

2420 S. Croatan Highway
MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 480-8512

Lucky 12 Tavern

3308 S. Virginia Dare Trail
MP 12, Nags Head
(252) 255-5825

Mulligans Raw Bar & Grille

4005 S. Croatan Highway
MP 13, Nags Head
(252) 480-2000

Fishheads Bar & Grille

8901 S. Old Oregon Inlet Road
MP 18.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-5740


Sunset Grille & Raw Bar

1264 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-3901

Coastal Cantina

Duck Waterfront Shops
1236 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 480-0024

Coastal Cravings

1209 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 480-0032

Fishbones Raw Bar

Scarborough Lane Shops
1171 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 480-0032

Kill Devil Hills

Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill

3001 N. Croatan Highway
MP 5.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-8081

R/C Movie Theater

1803 N. Croatan Highway
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-5630

Goombays Grill & Raw Bar

1608 S. Virginia Dare Trail
MP 7, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-6001

Outer Banks Brewing Station

600 S. Croatan Highway
MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 449-2739

Captain Georges

705 S. Croatan Highway
MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 480-6677

Mama Kwans

1701 S. Croatan HighwayMP 9.5), Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7889

Pool & Hot Tub Info

PoolPool & Hot Tub Information

Pools are serviced on the day of your arrival and a chemical check is performed mid week. A skimmer net is available to you for surface cleaning of debris. It is normal to see sand in the pool, especially on windy days. (Please note that if your home is available early, it is not guaranteed that the pool and hot tub will have been serviced by check-in.) Sand in the pool does not alter the chemical balance of the water. However, if the entire pool is cloudy and you cannot see the main drain, please discontinue use and contact our maintenance department. If anyone in your party has an implanted device sensitive to electricity please contact our office for further information.
Heated Pools: If your rental home offers a heated pool, please note that the max pool heat is 85 degrees. Many pool heaters are heat pumps that require an ambient air temperature of 60 degrees or higher to heat the pool. This means that if the temperature drops below 60 degrees, the pump will not continue to heat. For further information or concerns please contact the Maintenance Department at 252-261-3934 , ext. 6299.

Please remember that children should NEVER be left to swim unattended.

If Your Rental Home Has a Hot Tub

CAUTION – Do not stay in the hot tub for more than 30 minutes and always have someone with you while in the tub.

Overuse of the hot tub will result in chemical imbalances and may be harmful to one’s health. Elderly persons and infants, persons with medical problems such as heart conditions, low or high blood pressure, pregnancy, obesity, circulatory system problems, diabetes and other health conditions requiring medical care and persons using medication should consult a physician before using hot tub. Children should be supervised and carefully watched at all times. Infants and children under the age of 12 should not use the hot tub. Hot water immersion while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medicines may lead to unconsciousness with the possibility of drowning. Do not use any electrical appliances, including personal radios and telephones, while in hot tub! There is a RISK OF ELECTROCUTION!!!

The Hot Tub/Spa is Cleaned and Serviced on Each Changeover Day

The chemicals used in the tub are activated by the water temperature and the thermostat is set for normal use. It may take several hours for the tub to reach desired temperature after draining and cleaning. Water may appear cloudy until chemicals have properly dispersed.

The Hot Tub/Spa is Checked Again at Mid-Week

If the tub is excessively dirty and a mid-week cleaning is required, there may be a service charge.

Temperature Setting

Hot tub temperature should not exceed 104 degrees F. Lower water temperatures are recommended for extended use (exceeding 10 – 15 minutes).

Jet Settings

Blowers and high jet settings should not be used for more than 30 minutes. Excessive use can cause overheating and permanent damage to the motor. Leave tub on low jets, and replace cover when not in use.

Hot Tub Cover

Hot tub covers are fragile; please use care when removing and replacing. Please do not sit on hot tub cover as it may break! The styrofoam inserts crack easily and are expensive to replace. If the cover is found damaged, please contact our office immediately. Keeping the hot tub covered when not in use will help keep the water warm.

Shower Before Entering Spa

Suntan lotions and sand (check bathing suit) can clog the plumbing, cause malfunction, upset the spa water balance, and is difficult to get out of the tub.

Please Do Not Over Crowd the Tub

Too many people in the tub causes the water level to rise and overflow, resulting in motor damage.

Slippery Surfaces

Always enter and exit spa slowly. Surfaces may be wet and slippery.


It is important that all chemical floaters remain in the hot tub in order to maintain the chemical balance. This helps keep the water clean and safe.

If Hot Tub Does Not Work

First check the circuit breaker box. Turn the tub off, hit the reset button and wait for the covered tub to reheat (6-8 hours). If the Hot Tub won’t heat, or jets won’t start, you may need to reset the High Limit Switch, usually located on a gray disconnect box near the tub. There may be a GFI reset switch in the same area. If so, reset it also. Wait for the tub to cool before resetting. If resetting is required more than 2 times in a half hour, please call the office for service at 252-261-3934 , ext. 6299.
DO NOT continue to reset more than 2 times!

Travel Insurance Information

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Protect Your Trip

Vacations are one of the most enjoyable times of the year, but things don’t always go as planned. Protecting your trip with travel insurance can help you recover funds from a number of unexpected circumstances. To add Sun Trip Preserver coverage through Red Sky Travel Insurance to your vacation, simply call our office or log in to your Carolina Designs account. Once logged in, locate your lease number, and add Trip Preserver in the “Update Your Vacation Amenities” area. Payment is due at the time of adding travel insurance, and coverage is effective once payment is received.

Coverage Details: Sun Trip Preserver® Information

Covid-19 Information: Covid-19 FAQs

For questions concerning Sun Trip Preserver coverage details, or to file a claim, contact Arch Insurance Services:


If you have any questions regarding travel insurance for your stay, please contact our office between the hours of 9am – 5pm daily at 855-235-5121.

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How we handle the information we gather when you visit our web site

We collect and store only the following information about you: The name of the domain from which you access the Internet; the date and time you access our site; the item you requested from the server; and the Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our site. If your browser accepts cookies we may use a cookie to determine if you are a repeat or new visitor, or to understand how many different visitors come to our site. When we examine this data, it is always presented in an aggregate form. Except as outlined in the Security section at the bottom of this document, we do not track or look at individual’s usage behavior.

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Check-in / Check-out

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, check-in procedures have changed. Visit our Enhanced COVID-19 Protocols page for more information.

Every effort is made to have your vacation home ready for check-in at 4pm. If your home is cleaned and ready for occupancy before this time, the lease holder will be notified via email. Other members of the leaseholder’s party can sign up for this early notification service here. Please note that if your home is available early, it is not guaranteed that the pool and hot tub will have been serviced by check-in.

Two Types of Entry Code

  • Lease Entry Code: This code activates at 4pm on check-in day and de-activates at 10am on check-out day.
  • Early Release Code: This code is provided to guests in the event that the home is ready to occupy before 4pm. It works on a temporary basis to allow early entry and will deactivate at 4pm on the day of check-in. At that time the lease entry code must be used for home access throughout the balance of your vacation.

Click here for instructions on how to use our keyless entry system.

How You Receive Entry Codes

  • Lease Paid in Full: If your balance is paid in full, you will receive a lease entry code via email in advance of your scheduled check-in day.
  • Lease Balance Due: Outstanding balances must be paid before you are eligible to receive a keyless entry code. Those with balances due on check-in day must contact our office immediately to make payment.
  • On the day of check-in, lease holders will receive an email when your vacation home is ready for check-in. Other party members may sign up for this service here.

You will find the following on the kitchen counter of your rental home:

  • Important guidelines and policies
  • Area trash schedules
  • Subdivision information (if applicable)
  • Parking passes (if applicable)
  • Rebooking forms if you intend to reserve this home next year

Check-out Information:

  • Check-out time is 10am and your lease entry code will expire at that time.
  • Checking out is easy. The leaseholder will receive a text or email two days prior to the lease end date, which will guide you through the simple process.
  • Certain homes are available to be rebooked for the same week the following year. The deadline for rebooking is noon on the Monday following your departure. Please email us at or call 800-368-3825 to check availability.