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Kitty Hawk to Beaufort NC

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Kitty Hawk to Beaufort NC

This will be our first trip to Carolinas. We have two weeks starting and finishing in Charlotte. We plan to drive south along the coast and north through the mountains. We like undeveloped coastline rather than a series of shops and condos so the outer banks sounds ideal. Is it sensible to take just one day to drive from Kitty Hawk to Beaufort using highway 12 and ferries? If so where should we stop along the way? Main interests nature, scenery, photography and history.

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1. Re: Kitty Hawk to Beaufort NC

Be very careful of the Ocracoke to Cedar Island ferry schedule. That ferry only runs a couple times a day so you better plan around it. I don't think there is all that much to stop at once you get to Cedar Island until you get close to Beaufort.

ncdot.gov/download/…ferryschedule.pdf

There are many places to see and stop in Ocracoke, Hatteras, and Nags Head/Kitty Hawk. It will be a long day.

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2. Re: Kitty Hawk to Beaufort NC

thanks ... looking at the schedule it might be sensible to travel south through the mountains and north along the coast. That way the ferry crossing will be at the start of the day rather than rushing to make the 4pm.

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3. Re: Kitty Hawk to Beaufort NC

You could consider staying on Ocracoke for a night, that way catching a morning ferry might not be so hectic for you

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4. Re: Kitty Hawk to Beaufort NC

Its a long way, and going south it would make sense and give you some extra time to explore to stay overnight on Ocracoke. Do stop by Bodie Island light house, there are only certain times you can do ranger guided climb, you might want to call ahead if that's what you want to do. Also stop by Pea Island National Park Service visitor center, Chicamacomico lifesaving station museum, hatteras light, and Graveyard of Atlantic museum. there is British cemetery on Ocracoke you might want to visit, and NPS visitor center there. You can walk to light on Ocracoke but can't go in it. Have fun!

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