North Carolina June 08, 2017
The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You North Carolina Like Never Before
While there are plenty of easy access beaches throughout the state, sometimes discovering your own slice of paradise is the best way to experience sand and salt. From the northern Outer Banks to the southern tip of the state, this hidden beaches road trip guarantees you’ll make the most of summertime beach adventure on the coast.
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As one of the most hard to access beaches in North Carolina, the beauty here remains fairly unspoilt. Home to wild horses, rugged dunes, turqouise water and yes, plenty of four wheel drives conquering the beach; Carova is one of the most wild yet majestic beaches you'll visit.
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2. Cape Hatteras
While the Cape Hatteras national seashore stretches 70 total miles, allowed off road vehicles make it easy to drive far enough and find your own private beach. The wild, rugged surf of Cape Hatteras is popular with water sports enthusiasts and also makes for some pretty epic pictures.
3. Lifeguard Beach
Taking the ferry to Ocracoke promises a whole weekend of history and sites to see. Yet, grab the beach chairs and sunscreen cause you'll want to spend plenty of time on Lifeguard Beach. Recently named Third Best Beach in the U.S. by "Dr. Beach" this secret spot of sand even reached the number one spot in 2007. Read all about Lifeguard Beach what to see and do
4. Shackleford Banks
Hopping on yet another ferry is totally worth arriving at Shackleford Banks. While the island has no running water or electricity, it's a seriously gorgeous, unique place featuring wild horses roaming the white sand beaches and crystal clear water to take a dip in. Read
why we deemed Shackleford Banks 'like stepping through the magic wardrobe.'
5. Topsail Island
North of Wilmington, the quiet Topsail Island has long been a place for weeklong family vacations and escapes from the day-to-day. Quite simply just a beach, it's a remote place with a decent driving distance to Wilmington (if you did want to spruce things up a bit).
6. Bird Island
The quiet and isolated Bird Island is home to something truly unique - a mailbox awaiting your penned out hopes and dreams. Kindred Spirit mailbox has been a longtime fixture on the island with the source of the creation remaining anonymous. Where else is a more perfect place to write out your true thoughts, or worries, than on a bench on an empty beach. It's pure magic. Part of the Brunswick Islands, read more about other beaches to visit in this area