accordance with the Park Service’s new Off-Road Vehicle (ORV)
Management Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, night beach
driving restrictions for ORV use on seashore ocean beaches go into
effect Tuesday, May 1, at 9 p.m.
From May 1 until Sept. 14, ORV routes on ocean beaches are closed to
ORVs from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. during the sea turtle nesting season.
Beginning Sept. 15 to Nov. 15, ORV routes will reopen when there are no
sea turtle nests remaining on that route or portion of the route.
In addition, from May 1 to Nov. 15, beach fires are limited to the ocean beaches adjacent to:
- Coquina Beach parking lot
- The villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras
- Ocracoke Day Use Area
In general, fires are allowed from 6 a.m. until 10, and a fire permit
is required. To obtain the free beach fire permit, visit one of
the three ORV permit offices, any of the park campgrounds or visitor
centers. Also permits are available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/beach-fire-permit.
beach fire permit is valid only when a responsible adult (18 years of
age or older) is present. Fires, no greater than 3 feet in
diameter, may be ignited and maintained seaward of the ocean dune,
below the high-tide line and at least 50 feet from any
vegetation. Fires cannot be left unattended and must be
completely extinguished (cold to touch) upon termination of use.
Also, fires are not permitted in resource closures or within 328 feet (100 meters) of any turtle nest closure.
Clean area of all trash before leaving the beach and remember the “pack
in/pack out” practice of leaving national seashore beaches in a clean
and safe condition for the next visitor.
As the turtle nesting season proceeds, park visitors will encounter
localized sea turtle nest protection areas. These areas are
posted on-site and closed to ORVs, pedestrians, and pets.
Fireworks and metal detectors are prohibited. Pets must be on leashed at all times.
For further information, please call (252) 473-2111 ext. 148 or check http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm