Hi - I wanted to go off-roading tomorrow morning on Hatteras Island. I looked up the tide chart, and saw this for August 11: Low: 4:25 am, 4:34 pm; high: 10:31 am, 10:47 pm.
Does this mean that at 4:25 am, the tide is at its farthest point from shore, and it creeps its way back up until 10:31, when it is at its closest point to shore? And then from then until 4:34 it recedes back to the lowest, and so on...?
If so, would there be a problem of entering ramp 43/44 around 7-8 am, and staying until 10-11? I realize that is during high tide. I guess my question is, will there be enough beach left at this location? I do not plan on travelling far from the entrance ramp.
You have it correct on reading the tide chart. Sorry, I can't answer on the condition of the access. The beach access does get pretty thin in that area. You might be fine going north, but going south towards the point might get cut off. I don't have any up to date information though.
Most of the 'higher beach' in the 'narrows' has eroded and the water washes up to the dune during high tide (for about the last two weeks). It is accessible during low-mid tide only (IMHO). The road behind the dunes is still under a resource closure.
If you're just going out on 43/44 and are staying near the ramp there's enough beach, but, it is normally deep, soft and heavily rutted in those areas...but definately do-able if you air down.
Hope this helps...