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These are frequently asked questions that may help you.  Don't see an answer here?  Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist!

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  • How do I make a reservation?
    You must CALL to make a reservation! Because we try to be as efficient as possible, we are careful to fit as many passengers as we safely can for each trip. To do so, we must gather information from you regarding your vehicle and equipment type. Our office hours are Mon-Sat 8am-4pm. The office phone number is 252.225.4261. Please visit our Reservations page to learn more!
  • How much is a ferry trip?
    Due to varying shapes and sizes of vehicles and equipment, our prices vary. Please visit our Pricing page to view our current rates, or contact us to find out the cost of your specific vehicle.
  • What is there to do on Core Banks?
    Many who visit the 22 mile stretch of North Core Banks are there for some of the best fishing in NC. However, there are lots of other activities to enjoy during your visit - camping, swimming, and shell-hunting just to name a few!
  • What's biting this time of year?
    This answer can change weekly or even daily! Check out this page for daily updates on what's being caught in nearby areas. If nothing else, you're sure to catch a unique trip and a great view!
  • What should I bring with me?
    If you are planning on overnight camping, don't forget your tent or camper! The North Core Banks offers strictly primitive camping, so be prepared with plenty of water, batteries, and of course tackle! Some other items we suggest are sunscreen, bug spray, firewood, trash bags (please take all trash with you when leaving), coolers, ice, fishing permit and vehicle pass. Visit the NPS website for more.
  • Is overnight camping allowed on North Core Banks?
    Yes! Camping is permitted on all islands within Cape Lookout National Seashore, however, there are no designated campsites. Tent campers may set up among, but not on, the dunes just behind the ocean beach as well as on the sound-side of the island. All camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no designated spots assigned. A camping permit is required for camping within the seashore. These permits are free of charge and are available at each of the park’s visitor centers, as well as at self-serve permit stations on each of the Islands. You may camp for up to 14 consecutive days. Visit our camping page for more information!
  • What type of vehicle can I drive on the islands?
    Four wheel drive vehicles and ATV’s are the best source for getting around. All vehicles must be operated by a Licensed driver with a valid driver’s license in their possession. All person’s on ATV’s must wear helmets. Proceed with caution when traveling due to sea turtles and other wildlife. For the best driving results, we recommend lowering your tire pressure to 20 psi or less prior to boarding the ferry. Some helpful beach driving tips can be found here. Driving is allowed on the open oceanside beach, seaward of the dunes and down to the tide line as well as on the trail behind the dunes called the "back road." No vehicle may be driven on or over the dunes or on the soundside beach.
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