Frequently Asked Questions

  • Peters Mill Run – Fort Valley, VA
  • Flag Pole/Union Springs – Dayton, VA
  • Potts Mountain – Oriskany, VA
  • Kairos Resort – Glen Lyn, VA
  • Big Dogs Offroad – Gore, VA
  • Good Evening Ranch – Canvas, WV
  • Uwharrie OHV Trail – Uwharrie National Forest, NC
  • Rausch Creek Off Road Park – Pine Grove, PA

Please visit: to purchase a driving permit.

The National Park Service provides a great informational page covering all you would need to know when visiting this area, please check it out:

Please visit: to purchase a parking permit.

Currituck County provides a wonderful webpage full of great information for those exploring this area, please visit: to check it out.

Before driving on designated off-road vehicle routes, we strongly recommend that tire pressure be lowered to at least 20 psi. The softer the sand, the lower the pressure needed. Reinflate tires to normal pressure as soon as possible after returning to paved roads


Cape Hatteras Information

Please visit: in order to get fully up-to-date vehicle access information. Along with general usage guidelines, provides current beach conditions, which are very useful when planning trips.

Beach Fire Permits are required starting May 1, 2012.

To get your Beach Fire Permit:
1.    Click here to download this Beach Fire Permit pdf file.
2.    Read the entire permit
3.    Sign and date the permit.

From May 1 to November 15, to protect nesting sea turtles, beach fires are allowed only on the ocean beaches at:

  • Coquina Beach
  • The villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras
  • Ocracoke Day Use area.

From November 16 – April 30, beach fires are allowed throughout the park.

  • Fires are allowed from 6 am to 10 pm.
  • The Beach Fire Permit is valid only when a responsible adult (18 years of age or older) is present.
  • Fires, no greater than 3 feet in diameter, may be ignited and maintained seaward of the ocean dune, below the high tide mark and at least 50 feet from any vegetation. 
  • Fires cannot be left unattended and must be completely extinguished (cold to touch) upon termination of use. 
  • Clean area of all trash before leaving the beach and remember the “pack in/pack out” practice of leaving national seashore beaches in a clean and safe condition for the next visitor.

If you have trouble downloading or printing the Beach Fire Permit you can get a permit in person by visiting any seashore ORV permit office, campground, or visitor center.

ORV Permit Offices are located at:

  • Bodie Island at the north end of the Coquina Beach parking lot (8101 NC 12 Highway, Nags Head, NC),
  • Hatteras Island by the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center (46368 Lighthouse Road, Buxton, NC), and
  • Ocracoke Island by the NPS visitor Center (40 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC).

 Seashore Campgrounds include: Oregon Inlet Campground, Cape Point Campground, Frisco Campground, and Ocracoke Campground.

 Seashore Visitor Centers include: the Bodie Island Visitor Center, Hatteras Island Visitor Center, and Ocracoke Island Visitor Center.

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