The Outer Banks are a treasure to people all over the globe who travel there to enjoy the sandy white beaches and crystal blue waters. Hatteras Beach is one of the locations people love because it is remote and you are close to nature since the cape is owned by the National Park. If you are planning a trip to Cape Hatteras, one thing you should know before you go is where and how to park. That way you won’t have to think twice about it once you get there. Here is what you need to know.

Free Parking

Hatteras Beach has free parking at beach access ramps. You can find a map of the access ramps here. When you park at these public beach access points, you have to walk over to the beach. These areas are bustling during the summer, but it is a great way to get a view of the beaches. Outer Banks Access points out the amenities at these beach access points,

South of Avon, Hwy 12 – The Avon public beach access offers handicap parking spaces, a paved parking area, bathrooms, and showers.

South of Frisco, Hwy 12 –  The Frisco public beach access offers a bath house with restrooms and showers.”

Off-Road Vehicle Parking

If you want to park directly on the beach, you are able to do so with off-road vehicle parking (ORV). There are ORV ramps to the beach throughout the length of the cape, but you do need a permit to use these ramps and park on the beach. You must purchase a permit online here or in-person at one of the visitor centers. Make sure you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle if you plan on parking on the beach.

We hope this helps you plan your trip to Cape Hatteras Beach and you enjoy your stay. For all things about going to the beach in North Carolina and around the globe, check back to our Sandy Saltwater blog.