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Outer Banks / 4x4
4x4 Parking Passes are Required if you plan to park on the beach beginning the Friday before Memorial Day to Labor Day. You do not need them to drive on the beach or park at the home. The cost for a 10-day parking pass is $50. You may pick up 4x4 passes at Corolla's Visitors Center located at 500 Hunt Club Dr, Corolla, NC 27927, which is about 7.2 miles south of our Corolla office next to the Corolla ABC Store. You can also grab your pass on your way down through Virginia at the Currituck Visitor Center right after you cross the NC state line at 106 Caratoke Hwy, Moyock, NC 27958.
Wide beaches, dense maritime forests, and a marshy soundside make up the 14-mile stretch of sand north of Corolla and south of the Virginia border. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is required to explore this beach community, as there are no paved roads. Visitors staying in homes on the 4x4 beaches must drive on the beach and behind the dunes to access their vacation home. Traveling on the sand to your vacation home offers a unique experience, unlike any other. An opportunity to observe the Corolla wild horses in their natural habitat adds to the charm of this uncomplicated area.
Yes, a 4x4 Parking Pass is required if you are parking on the beach between the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. If you are vacationing outside of that timeframe, you will not need a pass to park.
You will need to pick up your 4x4 beach parking permits if you plan to park on the beach during your stay if it falls between the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. You do not need them to drive on the beach or park at the home. The cost for a 10-day parking pass is $50. 4x4 passes can me picked up in person at Corolla's Visitors Center located at 500 Hunt Club Dr, Corolla, NC 27927, which is about 7.2 miles south of our Corolla office next to the Corolla ABC Store. If you are traveling through Virginia heading south, you may also grab your pass at the Currituck Visitor Center right after you cross the NC state line at 106 Caratoke Hwy, Moyock, NC 27958.
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Driving on the beach has historically been a unique way of life on The Outer Banks and is still required in some communities. Please be attentive when driving as beach conditions continually change. Reduced tire pressure is critical to a good beach driving experience and 18-20 psi is strongly encouraged. We also recommend 4x4 or AWD vehicles with at least 7.5 inches of ground clearance. Please keep in mind, vehicle models vary greatly. Inspect your vehicle to make sure it is suitable for driving on the beach. Twiddy & Company will not be responsible for vehicle recovery or damages.
If we had to choose, low tide is the easiest time to travel up and down the 4x4 beaches simply because there is more room and the sand tends to be more hard packed. Travel during most high tides is still possible, it just may be that the sand is softer. During times of rough weather or exceptionally high tides, travelers may need to wait for the water to receed before travel is recommended. Please view our Outer Banks Tide Chart when planning for arrival. Also, we strongly suggest not traveling at night if this is your first time driving on the beach. If driving at night, please be alert to changing beach conditions, people, horses or other animals, debris, and tree stumps.
There is limited parking available at Twiddy’s Corolla office for guests to park non-4x4 vehicles while vacationing on the 4x4 beaches. Passes to leave a car in our lot can be purchased prior to arrival or at our Corolla office upon arrival. Contact us at (800) 489-4339 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to purchase your parking pass in advance. Please plan accordingly. There are no overnight public parking lots in Corolla for beach goers that are not staying on the 4x4 beaches and do not have a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
There are several options if you are interested in renting a 4x4 vehicle locally during your stay.
Explore the Outer Banks by jeep! Conveniently located in Kill Devil Hills.
Mid- and Full-size 4x4 vehicle rentals available. Vehicle delivery is available.
Located in Kill Devil Hills.