4 X 4 Driving Area


April 1st – September 30th 

6:00 AM – 7:00 PM


October 1st – March 30th  

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

DAILY — $20   

WEEKLY — $60 

ANNUAL — $100

All passes can be purchased online at the links above. Daily and Weekly passes are also sold at the pay station in parking lot at the entrance of 4x4 area, which accepts CASH and CREDIT CARDS.  During peak hours an attendant is available to assist with the machine. Annual permits are valid from January 1st through December 31st.


Property owners with a valid hurricane re-entry pass shall gain entry with this pass with no additional fee.   


There is no charge for disabled persons. Vehicles with a NTB Police Department-issued permit or valid state-issued handicap placard or plate shall gain entry.


Rules and Procedures


Onslow County Beach Access #3/4x4 Permissible Driving Area is located at the north end of North Topsail Beach off of River Road.



  • Access passes are required YEAR ROUND and must be displayed on vehicle dashboard the entire time the vehicle is in the 4x4 area. Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable. The fine for entering without a pass is $50.

  • The access requires four wheel drive capabilities

  • 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 is 5 mph.

  • ATV’s, motorcycles, and go-cart type vehicles are not allowed. 

  • Vehicles are not allowed to drive as 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. 


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.   

In order to ensure that hours are observed, 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.  

Annual Pass Replacement​

All Annual Permits purchased online will arrive in the mail in 10 business days via certified mail with signature required. For more information, please contact the Town of North Topsail Beach at 910-328-1349 ext. 9 or keri@ntbnc.org.

Annual Permits are NON-REFUNDABLE.  Permits are issued to the vehicle, not the operator, and must be permanently affixed to the vehicle’s windshield or they will be considered invalid.  Annual permit purchasers will be responsible for the full purchase price of a new permit if the permit or vehicle is lost, stolen, or damaged. 


In the event a vehicle is sold or a windshield is replaced a new permit may be issued when the permit holder brings the original permit to the Town of North Topsail Beach Town Hall.  The Annual Permit is designed for a single placement and will destruct upon removal.  You must scrape the original permit off and present all pieces, regardless of condition at the Town of North Topsail Beach Town Hall to be eligible to receive a replacement. 

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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