Hello everyone and thanks for your time and expertise.
I was hoping to ask a few specific questions about our upcoming stay in Salvo...any input is greatly appreciated.
A) We're interested in taking the ferry over to Ocracoke...I looked up the summer schedule and it looks like there's a ferry departing every 15 minutes. Did I find correct information? In terms of when to arrive, wait times, etc...I'm hoping to get our family of 4 (2 elementary-aged kids) over in the morning to explore a bit and then back in the early afternoon when everyone starts to tire out. I'd rather not set an early alarm and take it too seriously, but I'd also like to avoid a long line of cars/waiting. (Typically the earlier, the better...but I also don't want to run into a mass of fishermen trying to get over to the island, either, and wish that we'd arrived an hour later.)
B) We definitely want to check out the Day Use area. Anything special that I need to do so that we can fish legally? (I'll get my coastal fishing license online, but since this area is in-land, is there a special add-on or "stamp" that I'll need?) Anything else that you'd recommend to a family wishing to err on the quiet/mellow side?
C) I'm sorry for the blatant ignorance, but I feel like I'm getting very conflicting information regarding driving on the beach. (I mainly want to be aware from a safety & child monitoring perspective.) I've read that "there is none" during the busy summer months, but also that people can drive in the Tri-Village area as long as they get the permit. Should we expect to see trucks on the beach during July? If not right in town...what about 4 miles down the road at the access ramp near Gull Island? We thought about trying a beach afternoon down there, but I'd have second thoughts about it if there will be a mass of moving vehicles within walking distance of the ramp.
D) I haven't had much luck learning about the "trails" to the south of town (scroll down to the 3rd paragraph under "Day Use Area":
Any first-hand experiences? We're outdoorsy, environmental-education type folks...as long as we know about the potential "bug" situation going in...do you think this would work for us? Our kids are usually "gamers" for a solid 1-mile hike...would this area be appropriate for us to explore?
E) Better perhaps to just go up to Pea Island and hike around? Anything else that we'd want to be prepared for up in that area? (I'm guessing "no fishing" because it's a reserve?)
Thanks, everyone! :)