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Posted By: aharonhakohen - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 8/10/2017 8:59 PM




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.

Thanks!

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RE: Reading a tide chart
Posted By: J4yDubs - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/24/2015
Location: Jamison, PA
Total Posts: 707

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 9:40 PM




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.

Thanks!



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.

John

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Posted By: Shell hunter - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/3/2011
Location: South East, PA/Buxton, NC
Total Posts: 2340

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 10:26 PM




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.

Thanks!



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.

John



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...

RE: Reading a tide chart
Posted By: TwentyPSI - (Send PM)
Member Since: 12/3/2009
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Date Posted: 8/11/2017 9:45 AM




I've driven to the point several times in the last couple of weeks.

The "narrows" is a 1/4 mile stretch of beach about halfway between ramp 44 and the Cape Point. It is impassable for about an hour either side of high tide because the waves wash up to the base of the dunes. Northeast to southeast winds can increase this amount of time. The NPS has a bypass behind the dunes but it's currently barricaded because of a bird nest.

The beaches adjacent to ramp 44 and the Cape Point are dry at high tide. You could drive to the Point 3 hours before high tide and drive back three hours after high tide. If you want to go to the Point at a time that conflicts with high tide, park on the beach near the narrows and walk the rest of the way. The narrows are easy to walk across.

To drive on the beach you need an ORV permit, a tire gauge, a real shovel and some common sense. Drop your tire pressure to 20 pounds. Air up at the Red Drum in Buxton.

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Posted By: OBXmagic - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 8/11/2017 10:17 AM




Question: how accurate is this?
Can the point be accessed from the campground side?



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Posted By: OBXmagic - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 8/11/2017 10:30 AM





To drive on the beach you need an ORV permit, a tire gauge, a real shovel and some common sense. Drop your tire pressure to 20 pounds. Air up at the Red Drum in Buxton.


Another good thing to take with you is a tow strap
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Watch this video can save you
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RE: Reading a tide chart
Posted By: J4yDubs - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/24/2015
Location: Jamison, PA
Total Posts: 707

Date Posted: 8/11/2017 11:15 AM




Question: how accurate is this?
Can the point be accessed from the campground side?



No 4x4 access from that side.

Look here for a map of where you can drive.
https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/beachactivities.htm

Go here for ramp status.
https://www.facebook.com/CapeHatterasNS

John

RE: Reading a tide chart
Posted By: wayne - (Send PM)
Member Since: 1/16/2009
Location: kdh
Total Posts: 356

Date Posted: 8/11/2017 1:01 PM




Another thing to remember about tides...the amount the tides comes in (flows)and the amount it goes out (ebbs)is influenced by the wind direction and speed and also the phase of the moon. Full moon tides are more extreme. Also, you must check the location of the tide chart times. You may have to add or subtract from the chart times to get an accurate reading for your location. Many of the OBX charts are for Oregon Inlet.

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Posted By: aharonhakohen - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/19/2017
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Date Posted: 8/13/2017 12:16 AM




Thank you to everyone for your replies.

I went Friday morning, a couple of hours before high tide. I entered through ramp 44, and drove all the way south to the point, and saw Shelly's Island. Then I turned around and drove back north passing ramp 43. We stopped around 100 yards past ramp 43, and stayed there until around 1 pm. (High tide was around 10:30, if I recall correctly.) From ramp 44, to the point, there were areas that I would not have been able to pass during high tide. However, north of ramp 43, it was not an issue.

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