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Outer Banks: 4x4

A horse stands on a dune

The fun begins where the asphalt ends on this untamed stretch of Outer Banks shoreline just south of the Virginia border. A four-wheel drive vehicle and an adventurous spirit are required to explore this beach community, where there are no paved roads and no hotels or restaurants. What you’ll find is an uncomplicated, fourteen-mile expanse of wide, sandy beaches, dense maritime forests and marshy sound-side coves. Home to the wild horses of Currituck County. Keep in mind, they are wild animals and you should not approach them. Learn more about our Corolla 4×4 beach rentals here!

Tide Chart for Currituck Lighthouse Beach

Browse 4x4 Beach Vacation Rentals

Carova Beach Park Beach Amenities - Located at MP21

  • Pavilion with picnic tables and park grills
  • Boat ramp
  • Volleyball
  • Bathrooms
  • Children’s playset

Air Up Station

When Driving on the Beaches in 4×4 you must have a 4WD vehicle and must air-down (let the air out of your tires) for maximum traction in the sand. When coming off the beach, you can refill your tires, or “air-up” at the FREE Air Up Station located in Historic Corolla Park at 1100 HUNT CLUB DR, COROLLA, NC

  • 4 Free Tire Air Up Stations
  • Enter parking lot, veer right, follow signs


  • Items left on the beach or under/on walkways to the beach after sunset are subject to confiscation. Please take all beach gear back to your rental each night.

Beach Parking Permits

Beach Parking Passes are required to park on the beach from the last Saturday in April to the first Saturday in October. You do not need a pass to drive on the beach or park at the home. 

Two 4x4 parking passes are included with each 4x4 vacation home with a $50 cash deposit (refunded when passes are returned). Passes can be picked up at our Corolla Office (1023 Ocean Trail) during business hours. If more than two passes are needed, there are a limited number of additional available parking passes each week that can be purchased from Currituck County. The cost for a 4x4 parking pass is $50 and can be purchased online, but has to be picked up in person at the Corolla Visitor Center.  Please double check Corolla Visitor Center business hours when planning your trip.

For more information please visit Currituck County's Website

Currituck County Beach Driving/Restrictions/Rules

Click here for Beach Driving Restrictions and rules from Currituck County.

Adventure Awaits on the Outer Banks

A trip to the 4×4 Beaches is an adventure in itself! Let us set you up in a property that meets your every need. Contact us at 877-642-3224 to start planning your next adventure and to book your 4×4 Beach rental today!

4x4 Beach Community Map

Corolla Beach - Lifeguard Stands

4x4 Beaches - Driving on the Beach

Corolla Wild Horse Summer Safety

Please respect the Wild Horses

Travel Tip: Community Amenities/ Restaurants/ Non-Essential Businesses

Community amenities, restaurants, gyms, etc. may have modified hours or other limitations during your stay. Brindley Beach Vacations cannot guarantee nor do we have control over the availability of these businesses. We suggest you call ahead to local businesses to confirm their hours, purchase tickets, or make advanced reservations when possible.