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    Camping in Hatteras Outer Banks

    Need an opinion, or several. I'm going down to hatteras at the end of October. I don't want to camp in the campsites for obvious reasons. I'm just going to set up camp along the desolate beach south of the lighthouse. I understand it is not allowed. I have known people who have done it however recently there has been an uproar because of the turtles and bird eggs. I'm very respectful of animals and wouldn't destroy anything. You're aloud to drive on the beach and I certainly wouldn't do anything worse than some fisherman's car would do. Anyway, my questions is...since the new rules, how often and how spread out do the ranger's check the beaches at night. What do you think the odds are of getting caught?? 50 percent , 100 percent, not likely?? thanks guys.

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    I don't advise breaking the law but if you must...... you cannot sleep IN a tent on the beach period nor can you sleep in a vehicle. Bring fishing poles and set them up in front of your truck so you appear to be fishing and sleep in the bed of your truck or bring a cot. They WILL bust you if you and give you a ticket if they see you. Good luck.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    in a van down by the river

    The not so OBVIOUS ?

    I would stay at the Frisco state park campground that is right on the beach. $20 bucks a night. What are the obvious reasons? Money? just wondering . Have fun !

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    wrightsville beach
    are turtles white meat or dark meat?
    fishing pole idea sounds good. i thought that the restrictions were only for the summer?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    ocean beach pier, san diego
    i don't know how the authorities have been lately but from my past experiences they tend not to patrol the beaches much in the offseason. late october may be pushing it; certainly if you were there in late november, december, january, or february you wouldn't have a problem.

    here's a link with the most up-to-date regulations:

    you're best off in the campground for sure - they have outlets and showers, plus you don't have to worry about being startled in the middle of the night by a ranger with a mag lite. good luck hope it works out for you

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Carolina Beach, NC
    Is there restrictions on the parking lot next to the lighthouse?, If not you could park and sleep there.

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    listen ladies... i may not know much about camping but i can pitch a tent real quick.

    5 minutes later the xtreme*liquidshredda's getting laid
    Last edited by Xtreme*Liquidshredda; Sep 17, 2009 at 01:27 AM.

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    there definitely patrolling in October and I think you need to have a permit now for night driving on that beacch

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    100% chance of getting caught. They (rangers) salivate for something like this. They would probably call in a couple of choppers and perhaps even a Coast Guard cutter (just kidding of course). If ranger did not see you, one of the "bird" brains would most certainly turn you in. All they want is another reason to further restrict access. I am even suspicious of the events that have occured recently of vehicle tracks within restricted nesting areas and turtle nests, most likely those that oppose beach access, thus providing more ammunition for additional closures. Frisco campground is great for $20, Frisco woods a little more expensive. If Rodanthe is breaking KOA is an option although a lil more expensive. There is another campground just south of KOA that charges $26 a night, only 4 tent sites but they are only about 50 yards from the beach.