|Beach Access and Park Issues
National Park Service continues to open seashore facilities and access
National Park Service facilities continue to reopen at Cape Hatteras
National Seashore, after Hurricane Irene shut the seashore down before
its Aug. 27 arrival.
facilities that reopen on Hatteras Island on Thursday, September 15,
- The Cape
Lighthouse, Visitor Center, and Museum of the Sea in Buxton are open
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bathhouse is open to beachgoers. Portions of the handicapped accessible
boardwalk sustained storm damage and remains closed.
soundside access and parking lot are open; the restroom facilities
Airport is open.
open (one loop).
Station in Hatteras Village is open from 9 a.m. to 50 p.m.
facilities on Hatteras Island that remain closed:
- Cape Point
- closed for the season.
- Salvo Day
near Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo - closed while the site is used for Dare
County storm debris disposal.
off-road vehicle (ORV) access to the village beaches in front of
Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo (Tri-Villages) - will remain closed to ORVs at the
request of Dare County until the Tri-Villages reopen to visitors.
other park visitor center and contact stations on Bodie and Ocracoke
islands are open, except for the Bodie Island Lighthouse Visitor
Center, which remains closed due to storm damage
response to visitors now being allowed on Hatteras Island, the NPS will
be offering a modified fall program season Sept .15 – Sept.
Barrier Island Nature will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday,
Friday, and Saturday; and Outer Banks History will be offered at 10:30
a.m. Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Each program is free and
30-minutes long. Meet at the pavilion on the grounds of the
Ocracoke campgrounds are open
operations have ended for the 2011 season
and soundside access throughout the Seashore:
- Ramps that
to pedestrian and ORV access: Ramps 2, 4, 27, 30, 34, 38, 43,
45, 49, 55, 67, 70, and 72.
- Ramps 1, 59
are open to pedestrian access but closed to ORV access.
that are seasonally closed to ORVs in front of Avon (4 miles) and on
Ocracoke (2.5 miles) will reopen to ORVs on Sept. 16.
Tri-Villages (Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo) beaches will remain closed to ORVs,
and Ramp 23 is closed to entry at the request of Dare County until
visitor access is allowed back into those villages.
driving from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for ORVs on any open and accessible
beaches is allowed with a valid, signed permit. The permit must be in
plain view on the dashboard of the vehicle. The free permits are
available at NPS visitor centers and ranger stations, local tackle
shops, and on-line at:
- Most of the
established soundside access areas in the National Seashore are open to
pedestrian or ORV access.
On-site signage provides the most accurate and current indication of
public use restrictions or closures.
Knowledge of tidal changes and rough surf conditions is important, as
some beach areas may be inaccessible at high tide. Caution
be exercised while traveling the beaches of the park after any
significant weather event.
For more information, call 252-473-2111 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caha
check Google Earth maps at http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm