Beach Access

Beach Access List

Here is a list of NTB beach accesses by number and approximate location.  Here also is a parking map with beach accesses identified. 


Handicapped Access

We have two handicap accessible beach access points at North Topsail Beach.  One is located at Onslow County Beach Access #4, which is across from the Town Park on New River Inlet Road.  The second location is Onslow County Beach Access #2, which is located on Highway 210.  The Town of North Topsail Beach owns two beach wheelchairs and a beach walker which may be borrowed for use by individuals.  Please contact the NTB Police Department for information on availability of this equipment (910-328-0042).  Click here for more information and the application to borrow the equipment.



Beach Access #3 (North End)/ 4x4 Permissible Driving Area

Onslow County Beach Access # 3 is located at the north end of North Topsail Beach off of River Road. The access requires four wheel drive capabilities and parking must be within the confines of the access. Parking is not allowed in the entrance, nor is it allowed on the shoulders of River Road. The speed limit for B.A. #3 is 5 mph, and the access is not for joy riding. ATV’s, motorcycles, and go-cart type vehicles are not allowed.  Vehicles are not allowed to drive onto the beach strand as is indicated with a posted sign near where the Atlantic Ocean meets the New River Inlet. Please do not swim in the inlet as the currents are extreme and the tide changes rapidly. 


A large portion of the area to the left of River Road near Beach Access #3 is privately owned and the owner has allowed the public to use this area for many years.  In response to several complaints about reckless driving and concern for the environment, the property owner has posted the property with signs warning the public to keep out of the restricted area.  The area along the water is "public trust" area and public access and driving is permitted in this area.  The Town will be adding signs indicating the boundary of this area and it is approximately 1,500 feet to the left of River Road with a width of approximately 250 feet from the mean high water line.  Police officers patrol this area frequently and will enforce reckless driving violations.  


There is a paved parking lot on the north end (end of River Road before you enter the Permissible Driving Area) for visitors who do not have four wheel drive vehicles.   The Town has posted signs at entrances near the parking lot to warn visitors of the dangerous currents in the inlet and not to swim there.  

On May 3, 2017 the North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen amended the Beach Driving Ordinance to specify the hours that driving will be permitted in this area.  The ordinance used to read from dawn until dusk.  The new hours are:


Between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM April 1st - September 30th

Between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM October 1st - March 31st


In order to ensure that these hours are observed by drivers, a gate was installed.  The gate will be closed and locked during hours in which driving in this area is prohibited.  Town officials will drive the area each night before closing to ensure the area is clear.  Pedestrians will still have access to the area after the gate is closed.   The Town began locking the gate the night of May 15, 2017.


Beginning on July 10, 2017 all 4x4 drivers will need to have a pass to enter the permissible driving area.  Residents will be able to access the area using a valid Hurricane Re-entry sticker.

For more information on the permits for this area, CLICK HERE.

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Town of North Topsail Beach Town Hall
2008 Loggerhead Court
North Topsail Beach, NC 28460
1000 NC HWY 210
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
Open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo Credit: Buddy Morrison