11/27/12

2013 Beach Driving Permits

The National Park Service has announced that they will begin issuing 2013 annual Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) permits on Saturday, December 1st and weekly permits on Tuesday, January 1st. ORV permits can be obtained at any of the three NPS ORV permit offices located at Coquina Beach, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center (Buxton), and the Ocracoke Visitor Center. These offices will be open year-round, seven days a week, except Christmas Day, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with expanded hours on weekends and holidays during the summer season.

The cost of an annual permit (valid for the calendar year) is $120. A 7-day ORV permit (valid from the date issued) will cost $50.

Click here to view the most recent map of designated ORV routes.

What does this mean for you, our vacation guests?

To drive an ORV on the beach, a permit will need to be purchased and a 7-minute video will need to be watched at any of the three NPS ORV permit offices located at Coquina Beach, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center (Buxton), and the Ocracoke Visitor Center

One permit is necessary per vehicle someone intends to drive on the beach.

You can purchase a full year permit for $120 (calendar year) or a 7-day permit for $50 (7 days from date of purchase).

Driving will only be permitted in specified areas, and those areas are subject to closures due to “resource protection” or if the capacity limit for the area has been met. Click here to view the most recent ORV Routes map.

The National Park Service website has been updated with FAQ’s. Click here to view their website.


Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need a permit to operate a vehicle off road?

Yes. To obtain an ORV permit, you must complete a short education program, acknowledge in writing that you understand and agree to abide by the rules governing ORV use at the Seashore, and pay the applicable permit fee. Both weekly (7-day, valid from the date of issuance) and annual (calendar year) ORV permits will be available.


Is there a limit to the number of ORV permits available?

No. There will be no limit to the number of permits that the Superintendent could issue. However, use restrictions may limit the number of vehicles on a particular route at one time.
Several of my family members have ORVs that we would like to use on Seashore beaches.


Do we need to get a permit for each vehicle?

Yes. You will need to get a permit for each vehicle that you want to use for driving on designated ORV routes. You must display the proof of permit, in a manner and location specified by the Superintendent, on each vehicle that you operate on designated ORV routes within the Seashore. (The proof of permit may be a color coded windshield sticker, hang tag for the rear-view mirror, or some other indicator provided by NPS.)


Where can I operate my vehicle off road?

Once you obtain an ORV permit, you may operate a vehicle off road only on designated routes. Maps of designated ORV routes will be available in the Office of the Superintendent and on the Seashore website.


Does the ORV permit guarantee that all designated ORV routes will be open for me to use?

No. In addition to the referenced seasonal restrictions, ORV routes are subject to temporary resource and safety closures. However, past experience indicates that substantial portions of the beach designated as ORV routes will remain open for ORV use even when other sections are temporarily closed.


Are there any requirements for my vehicle?

Yes. To receive a permit to operate a vehicle on designated ORV routes, your vehicle must:
Be registered, licensed, and insured for highway use and comply with inspection requirements for the state, country, or province where the vehicle is registered
Have no more than two axles and be equipped with tires that are listed or approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation as described on their website. Click here to assess your tire grade.
Be equipped with a low-pressure tire gauge, shovel, jack, and jack support board.


Can I drive on designated ORV routes at night?

Yes, but not at all times on all routes.

From November 16 through April 30: ORVs will be allowed on designated ORV routes 24 hours a day, subject to the terms and conditions established under an ORV permit.

From May 1 through September 14: Designated ORV routes in potential sea turtle nesting habitat (ocean intertidal zone, ocean backshore, and dunes) will be closed to ORVs from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m.

From September 15 through November 15: Designated ORV routes in potential sea turtle nesting habitat (ocean intertidal zone, ocean backshore, and dunes) will remain closed to ORVs from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m., however, the Superintendent may reopen portions of designated ORV routes at night if there are no turtle nests remaining. This is a minor change to the dates in the ROD. NPS has decided it will be easier for the public to understand and more convenient to administer if the night-driving dates coincided with some of the seasonal ORV route dates. Therefore, night driving may be allowed beginning on September 15 instead of September 16. Routes that are subject to these night-driving restrictions, as well as routes or portions of routes identified as having no turtle nests remaining, will be shown on maps available in the Office of the Superintendent and on the Seashore Web site.


Is a separate permit required for night driving?

No. It will be covered by the ORV permit required to drive on the designated ORV routes in the Seashore.


I have a family member who is disabled or mobility-impaired. Can I use my ORV to drive that family member to the beach where we are gathering, even if it is not designated as an ORV route?

Yes, if you obtain a special-use permit for that purpose. The special-use permit will allow you to transport mobility-impaired individuals to a predetermined location in a beach area in front of a village that is not otherwise open to ORV use. You will be subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the permit. Additionally, you should keep in mind that with a standard ORV permit you will have access to many miles of beach open to ORVs year-round or seasonally. In those areas, vehicles may simply be parked in the ORV corridor.


Basic Definitions

ORV corridor means the actual physical limits of the designated ORV route in the Seashore. On the landward side, the ORV corridor on Seashore beaches will be marked when possible by posts that are located seaward of the toe of the dune or the vegetation line. On the seaward side, the corridor runs to the water line, which will not be marked by posts unless necessary. Where the ocean beach is at least 30 meters wide above the high tide line, the landward side of the corridor will be posted at least 10 meters seaward of the toe of the dune.

ORV permits: ORV permits are a form of NPS special park use permits, which are issued and administered by the Superintendent and for which the NPS charges a fee to recover its administrative costs.
(i) A permit issued by the Superintendent is required to operate a vehicle on designated ORV routes at the Seashore.
(ii) Operation of a motor vehicle authorized under an ORV permit is limited to those routes designated in the ORV routes chart.
(iii) There is no limit to the number of ORV permits that the Superintendent may issue.
(iv) Annual ORV permits are valid for the calendar year for which they are issued. Seven-day ORV permits are valid from the date of issue.
(v) In order to obtain a permit, an applicant must comply with vehicle and equipment requirements, complete a short education program in a manner and location specified by the Superintendent, acknowledge in writing an understanding of the rules governing ORV use at the Seashore, and pay the permit fee.
(vi) Each permit holder must affix the proof of permit, in a manner and location specified by the Superintendent, to the vehicle covered by the permit for use off-road.

Click here to view the most current ORV route access status.


05/22/12

WE ARE #1!


U.S. News and World Reports has ranked the Outer Banks as the Top Family Beach Vacation in the USA!
It’s official! The Outer Banks is the place to come to truly vacation!
Miles and miles of vast, unspoiled beaches await you on this slender stretch of barrier islands. There is beauty around every bend and twist, whether it’s Corolla’s wild horse population, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, or the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. There is something to pick everyone’s interest and invite you to explore the #1 Family Beach in the USA!
Experience world-class fishing, as well as the #1 surfing and kiteboarding destination on the East Coast. The Outer Banks also abounds with rich history and exciting exhibits!
Relax, explore, adventure, and immerse yourself in the Outer Banks! Afterall, we’re #1!
See you in the Outer Banks!


05/17/12

Gearing UP for Memorial Day week festivities!

No matter what you’re gearing up for, whether it’s surfing, kiteboarding, some of the world’s best fishing, or just a fun time on the beach, the OBX delivers!
Memorial Day week on the OBX will prove just how “geared up” everyone is to get this season rolling and off to an eventful start!
We’d love to see you at one or all of the holiday week events, so go ahead and mark your calendar and we’ll see you there…or on the beach!

Indiantown Arts and Crafts Show
May 25th & May 26th (10am-6pm)

~Come and see what the village of Frisco has to offer! This arts and crafts show will showcase vendors from all over the state! Come and see what the fuss is all about and become inspired to create your own masterpiece!

THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT will also be selling plates of BBQ on May 26th, so stop by and grab a bite for lunch and support this worthy cause!

Endless Summer Weekend
May 25th-May 28th

~Join Robert August and son in their quest for the best waves Hatteras Island has to offer! Admission is FREE! There will be a surf party with LIVE music on Saturday night, and a special showing of the 1966 original film, “Endless Summer,” on Sunday night, as well as demos and autograph sessions. Both events are located at REAL Watersports, 25706 Hwy 12, Waves. For more info contact 252-987-6000 or visit them on the web.

Outer Banks Spring Festival of Arts and Crafts
May 26th (9am-5pm) & May 27th (9am-4pm)

~This crafty festival will be held rain or shine at the Baum Senior Center in Kill Devil Kills, behind the Kill Devil Hills Post Office. Be sure to stop by and support our talented local artists and browse their wares!

Indiantown Arts and Crafts Show
May 26th

~Come and see what the village of Frisco has to offer! This arts and crafts show will showcase vendors from all over the state! Come and see what the fuss is all about and become inspired to create your own masterpiece!

1st Annual Shorebreak 5k and The Tide Pool Fun Run
May 28th @ 8am

~All are welcome to run, walk, or jog the scenic 3.1 miles through beautiful Kinnakeet Shores in Avon! The Shorebreak 5k will begin at 8am followed by The Tide Pool Fun Run on the beach. Come support each other and our community! All proceeds from this event go towards the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund and the OBX GO FAR Children’s Health and Nutrition program.
Click here to sign up!

REAL Summer Concert Series
May 26th-Performers TBA
May 28th-The Wilders
May 31st-Soul Rebel

~Enjoy free live music at REAL Watersports in Waves, from 6-10pm!

Banjo Island Bluegrass Concert and Jam Session
May 30th

~Travel down to Red Drum Pottery in Frisco for a fun night of entertainment by an assortment of talented local musicians or bring your own instrument and be apart of the entertainment! Show starts @ 7! $5 admission, which includes snacks and a drink served during intermission.

OBX Paddle Palooza
June 1-3rd

~Bring the entire family to Frisco Woods Campground to enjoy a day of stand up paddleboard races for all ages and experience levels! The races get underway early Saturday morning, June 2, so don’t forget to register early! Online registration closes @ 8pm, Friday, June 1 and on-site registration closes @ 8am, Saturday, June 2! Come and join the fun and see what the paddleboard craze is all about! For more information on this event visit the sponsor’s webpage.

Dare Day
June 2nd

~Starting @ 9am, enjoy a beautiful day in Manteo’s downtown historic waterfront! Dare Day is an annual celebration of the people and history of Dare County. There will be enterainment and demonstrtations provided. Admission is FREE! Come enjoy a day full of exploration and learning!

Enjoy your week and thank you for visiting The Outer Banks!


05/10/12

Don't Miss The Boat!!!

On Monday, May 14th, starting at 10am, you will have the rare opportunity to witness a very special pre-season beach drill to be performed by the United States Coast Guard! This Beach Apparatus Drill is also known as the Breeches Buoy Reenactment and will presented by The Chicamacomico Live-Saving Station Historic Site and Museum located in Rodanthe at milepost 39.5.

Take a trip back in time to the site of the most-highly awarded maritime rescue in American history!

Click here to experience this daring rescue with the surfmen of the USCG!

The schedule for the day is as follows:
10-11am Instructions for flotillas
11-12pm Beach Apparatus Drill performed
12-2pm Cookout and Social

Admission is free with regular site admission. Adults: $6, Seniors 62+ and Youth 6-17: $4.

Be sure to bring your appetite for a delicious $5 hamburger or hotdog plate, which includes sides and a drink!

Don’t miss the boat, folks! Grab a buoy and hold on tight as you experience this amazing performance!

For more information check out:

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station


02/12/10

Picture of the Week

It’s a clear day at Oregon Inlet, the gateway for dozens of charter and fishing boats to the Gulf Stream, just 15-20 miles off of Hatteras Island. Photo by Shiralee “Shug” Timmons of Surf or Sound Realty.


05/22/09

Cape Hatteras listed as one of the top 10 beaches in America

Hatteras Island has once again made renowned “Dr. Beach’s 10 Best Beaches in America” list, with the Cape Hatteras beach ranking #7 for 2009.

Dr Beach, also known as Dr. Leatherman, is considered the national authority on pristine beaches, and bases his annual selections of the ten best beaches on 50 criteria, including water quality and temperature, cleanliness, weather, sand, safety and facilities. Continue reading


02/27/09

Picture of the Week

The occasional Outer Banks winter storm brings gorgeous seashells well into the spring, making the Cape Hatteras National Seashore a beachcomber’s paradise. Photo by Joy Crist of Surf or Sound Realty.


11/14/08

Surf or Sound Realty Sponsors the Outer Banks Marathon

At 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, a group of Surf or Sound Realty staff members met at Jockey’s Ridge State Park at the corner of the 4-lane bypass in Nags Head. Cheerful, but somewhat sleep deprived, these folks quickly got to work setting up tables, lining trash cans, setting up fishing poles and beach chairs on the side of the highway, and filling up about 4,000 cups of water, give or take a few. Continue reading


10/8/08

Picture of the Week

Surf or Sound Realty’s own Vanessa Gagliano, now Vanessa Paxton, makes a beautiful beach bride as she says her vows in the sand.