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Old 11-19-2018, 06:53 PM   #1
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Traveling the outer banks of North Carolina

Californian here trying to work out an east coast beach trip that includes the outer banks. I have conflicting information about being able to start on the southern part of the outer banks and drive and ferry all the way to the north. We will be coming up from Charleston, sc and continue on to assateague state park Maryland. I thought we could go straight through, but google maps has me going inland and around as the only option.

Weíll be going with a TV and TT next summer. Thank you!
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Old 11-19-2018, 07:16 PM   #2
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Did that same trip with a 32ft class c and 20 ft car trailer. Started at the southern end and went to Kittyhawk.
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Old 11-19-2018, 07:25 PM   #3
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There is a ferry system that services that area. I visit Hatteras Island several times during the spring and summer, there is a ferry that goes from Hatteras to Ocrakoke Island. There is a connection there to go further south via ferry. Not really sure where it lands, guessing somewhere around Atlantic Beach. I think it it can be done with a little bit of investigation of the ferry system. Rvs of all types travel the ferry. You will love the outer banks especially Hatteras its like a little piece of heaven, so relaxed and pristine views, and by the way great fresh seafood.
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Old 11-19-2018, 07:29 PM   #4
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southern point of entry: Cedar Key just north east of Morehead City NC

then Ferry to Ocracoke island

then ferry to Hatteras, the southern end of Cape Hatteras

drive North to Kitty Hawk, and even farther to past duck and even Carolla, but back to mainland via Kitty Hawk overpass
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Old 11-19-2018, 07:53 PM   #5
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I echo formerFR....heís da man for ferry info.

Oh and by the way, I think Iím right on this next part......

Aside from the Florida Keys, the Outer Banks is the only other place where.....

The land is so narrow, you can camp, set up your chairs and a drink (probably coffee because itís early) and catch sunrise.......then later in the day, turn the chairs around (an adult beverage this time) and catch sunset.

The Outer Banks (OBX) is far enough out from the mainland, that thereís water for as far as the eye can see in both directions.
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Old 11-19-2018, 07:57 PM   #6
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Beachbourbon......

Are you sure you havenít got your route options set up to deny ferry crossings, or toll charges or something like that for it to send you inland on your travels?

Some systems call them ďpermissionsĒ or such, and then youíll get sent all over the place when setting up routing.
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Old 11-20-2018, 02:20 PM   #7
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It is a fun and scenic trip, with plenty of Federal and private campgrounds along the way. Here is the official webpage: https://www.ncdot.gov/divisions/ferr...s/default.aspx
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Old 11-20-2018, 03:01 PM   #8
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Outer banks

I did that very trip last fall, Charleston thru Morehead City, NC and on north. Great trip. No ferry issues!!
Have a great time!
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Old 11-20-2018, 03:44 PM   #9
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We stayed in Ocracoke NP a week in October. Ferried from Hatteras.

You do have to go to the mainland at Kitty Hawk going north, the road ends at Corolla. After you hit the mainland you can get back to the OBX at Virginia Beach. Hwy 13 I believe.

Loved the village of Ocracoke.

No 'chain' stores., no fast food. The marina smells like fish and all the restaurants are local.

Enjoy.
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Old 11-20-2018, 03:47 PM   #10
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https://www.ncdot.gov/travel-maps/fe...s/default.aspx will give you ferry details, by YES you can go the whole way! And there is a wonderful campground at the bottom leg, in eyesight of the ferry to Ocracoke at Cedar Point. Google Maps probably took you inland for 2 reasons: the crossing there is 2.5 hrs, and expensive
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Old 11-20-2018, 03:58 PM   #11
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Ocracoke tp Cedar Isl.
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Old 11-20-2018, 04:35 PM   #12
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From Charleston you can travel north to get a ferry at cedar island to okracoke. Then at north end of okracoke, ferry to Hatteras. If you go to duck/ corolla you will vave to retrace backto Kitty Hawk. Then bridge to mainland up thru Virginia Beach to Route 13 and the CBBT to the eastern shore of virginia and maryland. That will get you to chincoteague and assateague.
Driving on the sand is limited at various times of the year.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:20 PM   #13
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Outer banks.

Well some of these posts made me laugh. I live on the east coast of North Carolina near Morehead City. So if you are coming from Charleston on the coast you will most likely be on route 17 North. You will want to stay on 17 till Jacksonville N.C. There you will pick up route 24 east towards Morehead City. The outer banks the southern end really start at Emerald Isle NC. So if you want to see that area you will make a right on route 58 at Cape Carteret there will be a red light and a large intersection. If you go that way it will take you to the first end of the banks at a place called Fort Macon. It is an old fort from the civil war era and it would say you would want to see it. If you went there you will have to go back to The town of Atlantic Beach and follow the signs to Morehead City. No ferries on that island. When you get off the bridge you will be in Morehead City and at the intersection make a right and you are on route 70 east. Stay on that road and follow it to route 12 to the town of Cedar Island. That will be your first ferry. That ferry you will need reservations and will take you to Ocracoke. Then you just stay on highway 12 and are bank on the outer banks. This way I told you is a nice ride and you see a lot of things. Lots of areas to stop and see so do some research. Have a safe trip.
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Old 11-24-2018, 10:56 AM   #14
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x2 Istoneroad.

From experience, I'd suggest making an early morning reservation on the ferry at Cedar Island. Arrive there the night before, camp near the ferry, then you can get in the front of the ferry line the next morning. It's a long ride into Cedar Island, and you don't want to miss your ferry. Being there the night before can relieve a lot of stress. The internet has info on campgrounds.
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