Q: How can I see wild horses?
A: One of the best ways to see the famous Corolla Wild Horses is on a guided off-road tour. These wild horse tours can be booked through an adventure tour company or through the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Please note that it is illegal to intentionally come within 50 feet of the wild horses.
Q: Can I bring my ATV to use on the Currituck beach?
A: No. Only local residents and property owners with the proper permits are authorized to operate an ATV in Currituck County. More information can be found on the Currituck County government website.
Q: Is there anything to do besides sit on the beaches of Currituck?
A: Of course! We have historic sites, a wildlife education center, a maritime museum, beautiful golf courses, unique local shops and restaurants, award-winning vineyards, breweries, and other activities for the whole family.
Q: Can I climb the Currituck Beach Lighthouse?
A: Yes! The lighthouse is open for climbing daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the lighthouse will be open until 8 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The lighthouse pre-dates modern building codes, so you’ll have to sign a waiver before you tackle its 214 steps. Don’t forget your camera!
Q: Where is Corolla?
A: Corolla (pronounced Kuh-RAH-Luh) is located at the Northern end of the Outer Banks in Currituck County (View Map). Corolla can only be accessed by taking Route 12 North and is not accessible directly from Virginia.
Q: How can I see the wild horses?
A: One way to see the famous Corolla Wild Horses is on a guided off-road tour. Off road tours allow visitors to see parts of the coastal area of North Carolina that otherwise might not be found. Natural preserves are home to North Carolina’s enchanting wildlife – graceful, long-necked birds, colorful sea creatures, and of course – the wild horses that roamed in herds along the shores. In season, these tours book fast so be sure to make a reservation early.
*Please note that it is illegal to intentionally come within 50 feet of the horses.
Q: Can I drive on the beaches in Corolla?
A: You may take your personal 4WD vehicle onto the beach in the designated driving areas. It is important to note that 2WD and AWD vehicles will not perform on the beaches, and you risk getting stuck. Please be sure to follow all posted speed limits and obey all traffic laws as if you were driving on pavement. Pay close attention as families and other motorists will be present along the shoreline. A new Currituck County ordinance went into affect in May of 2017 and reads :”No person shall drive a motor vehicle on the beach strand or foreshore with tires containing air pressure exceeding 20 pounds per square inch (p.s.i.).” Violators could receive a citation and $50.00 fine. The fine for parking on the beach (in season) without a permit is $100.00. The tourism department is updating the Beach Driving pamphlet.
Q: Can I bring my ATV to use on the beach?
A: No. Only local residents and property owners, who have the proper permits can operate an ATV in Currituck County. You can find more information on the County Government website.
Q: Are there public beach accesses in Currituck County?
A: Yes. Check out our area map for beach access locations.
Q: Is there anything to do besides sit on the beach?
A: Of course! The Currituck Outer Banks is more than you imagined. We have award winning vineyards, historic sites, a wildlife education center, beautiful golf courses, unique local shops and a long list of events for the whole family.
Q: Can I hold my wedding on the beach?
A: Yes. The Currituck Outer Banks is a great place for a wedding. Check out our Wedding Planning page or request a free Wedding Guide for more detailed information.
Q: Can I camp on the beach?
A: No, you can’t camp on the beaches of Currituck County, but we do have several campgrounds on the mainland.
Q: What will the weather be like in July?
A: Check out our average temperatures for the entire year or view our AccuWeather feature.
Q: Do I need a fishing license?
A: All persons 16 and older wishing to fish in any water designated as coastal and joint waters of North Carolina must purchase a Coastal Recreation Fishing License. These licenses are available at most area bait and tackle shops.
Q: Can I climb The Currituck Lighthouse?
A: Yes. There are 214 steps, so make sure you count them along the way. Don’t forget your camera either, because the views from the top are breathtaking.
Q: What happens if there is a hurricane?
A: In the event of a storm, please follow the advice of local emergency broadcasts on radio and television stations. The Currituck County website will be updated with evacuation procedures and warnings for each approaching storm.
*Be sure to check with the rental company, hotel or campground you are staying with to find out their procedures as well.
Q: Where is the closest hospital?
A: If you are staying in Corolla, the closest hospital is the Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head. If you are on the Currituck Mainland, you are within driving distance to the Outer Banks Hospital, Albermarle Hospital in Elizabeth City and Chesapeake General Hospital.
Q: Can I take the Currituck Ferry to Corolla?
A: No. The Currituck Ferry offers service to and from Knotts Island only.