beach driving permits, required for off-road vehicle use on Cape
Hatteras National Seashore ocean beaches between the hours of 10 p.m.
and 6 a.m. from Sept. 16 until Nov. 15, are now available.
The implementation of ORV night driving permits is required under the
terms of the court-approved consent decree to help increase the nesting
success of sea turtles, which are protected under the Endangered
Species Act. Beginning Sept. 16 to Nov. 15, a night driving
permit that has been read, signed, and dated by the driver of the
vehicle, must be visibly displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle
between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The night beach driving permit is available online and may be
downloaded from the national seashore’s website at: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/off-road-vehicle-use.htm.
The downloaded version of the permit should be printed in color if
possible. By Sept. 12, hard copies of the permit will be
available at any Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitor Center,
Whalebone Information Center, Hatteras Weather Station, as well as
local tackle shops.
The following beaches that are seasonally closed to ORV use will reopen
to vehicles on Friday, Sept. 16:
Tri-villages (Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo) beachfront from Rodanthe Pier south
to Ramp 23, approximately 4.5 miles in length
Avon village beachfront , approximately 4.0 miles in length
Ocracoke campground and day use area beaches, approximately 2.5 miles
Visitors will encounter sea turtle nest protection areas.
Posted areas are closed to all ORV, pedestrians, and pets.
Ocracoke Island reopened to visitors last week, but Hatteras is still
closed to visitors. Re-entry is allowed only for residents and
non-resident property owners.
For further information, please call (252) 473-2111 ext. 148 or check http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm