Camping in Hatteras Outer Banks

Discussion in 'Southeast' started by Jettysurf, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Jettysurf

    Jettysurf Member

    Dec 31, 2008
    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.
  2. gnargnarshredda

    gnargnarshredda Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    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. ecsurfernc

    ecsurfernc Member

    Jul 23, 2008
    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. ivan

    ivan Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2008
    are turtles white meat or dark meat?
    fishing pole idea sounds good. i thought that the restrictions were only for the summer?
  5. steamfed

    steamfed Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2008
    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 :eek:
  6. NCsurfer

    NCsurfer Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2009
    Is there restrictions on the parking lot next to the lighthouse?, If not you could park and sleep there.
  7. Xtreme*Liquidshredda

    Xtreme*Liquidshredda Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2008
    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: Sep 16, 2009
  8. Xtreme*Liquidshredda

    Xtreme*Liquidshredda Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2008
  9. wbsurfer

    wbsurfer Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    i can set up a tent in 3 minutes actually then im getting laid.
  10. sab69

    sab69 New Member

    Aug 19, 2009

    why are you posting this?!?!? its illegal you noob!

    this is a public forum....

    ahh this younger generation!!
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2009
  11. Bronze Whaler

    Bronze Whaler Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2009
    what does a night in the campground cost? $15 bucks? But no- can't do that- got to sleep on the beach like billybadass & give ammunition to those who would restrict beach access for people and vehicles.
  12. surfer2118

    surfer2118 Member

    Aug 16, 2007
    I livved on the OBX for several years, and I would not recommend sleeping on the beach at Hatteras for several reasons.
    1. They do patrol the beaches, and I can guarantee that they will come by at least once during the night.
    2. There is already enough problems driving on the OBX without people (especially surfers) breaking the law and making us all look bad. We don't need anymore restrictions.
    3. If I remember correctly, it's quite a large fine if you get caught. Upwards of $250 if I remember correctly.

    Their are several campgrounds in the area that are less than 30 bucks a night. Frisco Woods, Oregon Inlet State park, as well as several others I can get names for if you are interested. This is the safest way to go for all involved, you don't get a large fine and make surfers look bad, and you support the local economy during their slow time.
    Just my thoughts on the idea.
    Thanks, Scott

    P.S.- You might want to check to see if your even allowed to drive during that period. I know they were limiting the times and areas you could drive during certain times of the year.
  13. JLloyd

    JLloyd New Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    there definitely patrolling in October and I think you need to have a permit now for night driving on that beacch
  14. inzatube

    inzatube Member

    May 14, 2007
    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.