Park Service closes
Ramp 23, south of Salvo
National Park Service has announced the temporary closure of off-road
vehicle Ramp 23, which is located approximately 0.3 of a mile south of
Salvo on Hatteras Island. The ramp is temporarily closed for
shorebird breeding activity, as prescribed under the terms of the court
ordered consent decree.
The ramp is closed to both pedestrian and off-road vehicle (ORV) access
and there is no through ORV access between Ramp 23 and Ramp
The Ramp 23 parking lot remains open for public use and from the
parking lot pedestrians can access the ocean shoreline south of the
marked protection area. Ramp 27 remains open for ORV use.
Temporary resource protection areas are necessary to protect threatened
or endangered species and species of concern including piping plovers,
American oystercatchers, colonial waterbirds (three species of terns
and black skimmers), and sea turtles. Posted areas are closed
vehicles, pedestrians, and pets.
Entering a posted resource protection area or destruction of closure
signs, fencing or other government property are federal criminal
violations, subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment of up to
For up-to-date information on currently open or closed areas, check the
Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Google Earth maps at: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm