Some ORV routes will reopen for night driving on Sept. 16
By IRENE NOLAN
Some of the beaches on the Cape Hatteras
National Seashore will reopen to night driving at midnight on Sunday,
From Sept. 16 through Nov. 15, driving will be allowed only on ORV
routes without resources closures or portions of those ORV routes.
The nesting season for shorebirds and colonial waterbirds is about over
on the seashore, but snpiy 60 of the record 222 turtle nests
remain. The nests are expanded to the tideline when they are
close to hatching, closing off the pedestrian and ORV access in front
Depending on the nest location, ORVs and pedestrians are sometimes
allowed to pass behind the nest.
ORV routes that will open to night driving September 16, 2012 are:
- North of
- South of
- West of
- The Pole
Road to Hatteras Inlet
- South of
To be sure which ORV routes are open, check the Park Service’s weekly
beach access reports and the NPS Google Earth map of resource
closures. You can click on both of these by going to the dark
blue bar at the top of the Beach Access Page on the Island Free Press.
Under the consent decree, a night-driving permit was required, but
under the Park Service’s ORV management plan and special regulation,
which became effective on Feb. 15, no separate permit is
Your permit for ORV access will cover night driving.
Restrictions for resource closures remain in effect until Nov.
15. From Nov. 15-April 30, ORV routes are open for night
ORV closures in front of the villages of Hatteras Island, which had
been lifted on Sept. 15, will remain in effect until Nov. 1 under the
new ORV plan.
Driving in front of the villages is allowed from Nov. 1-March 31.
More information on beach driving and ORV permits is available on the
Park Service’s frequently asked question, which is also available in
the bar at the top of the Beach Access Page.