Park Service will
implement seasonal closures, lower speed limit on May 15
National Park Service will implement the annual seasonal closures of
village beaches to off-road vehicle (ORV) use within the Cape Hatteras
National Seashore, beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 15.
In addition, the beach driving speed limit is reduced from 25 mph to 15
mph in all locations open to ORV use, unless otherwise posted, from May
15 – Sept. 15.
The ORV closures are established in village beach areas that receive
heavy pedestrian use, including areas adjacent to Coquina Beach and the
villages of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.
“These closures provide for the safety of all beach users and minimize
user conflicts in congested areas during the busy summer season,” said
Superintendent Mike Murray.
The seasonally closed areas are identified by signs at both ends of the
area and on maps available for viewing at the offices of the
superintendent, each District Ranger Station, at each Visitor Center
and at all other public contact stations.
High numbers of visitors and village residents often enjoy these areas
by swimming, sunbathing, walking, shell hunting, and engaging in family
To ensure a safe visit for everyone, visitors are reminded to keep dogs
on leashes and pack in/pack out all trash. Swimmers should be
aware of rough surf conditions and the potential for rip
currents. Fireworks are not permitted on National Seashore
The ORV closures apply to the following areas:
• Bodie Island, Ramp 1 to 0.1 of a mile
south of Ramp 2 (Coquina Beach).
• Hatteras Island beach areas fronting
the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon.
• Hatteras Island beach from the north
boundary of Buxton to 0.4 of a mile north of Ramp 43.
• Hatteras Island beaches fronting the
villages of Frisco and Hatteras.
• Ocracoke Island beach from 1.0 south of
Ramp 59 to 1.4 miles north of Ramp 67.
• Ocracoke Island beach from 0.6 of a
mile south of Ramp 67 to Ramp 68 (Campground).
• Ocracoke Island, beach from
0.6 of a mile
south of Ramp 68 to 0.4 of a mile north of Ramp 70 (Day Use Area).
For more information on beach access, see the weekly Beach Access
Reports or Google Earth map posted on the Seashore’s website at: