October 17, 2013
All Outer Banks Group parks have reopened
of the parks in the Outer Banks Group have now reopened, including Cape
Hatteras National Seashore, the Wright Brothers National Memorial, and
Fort Raleigh National Historic site.
Park facilities and Cape
Hatteras National Seashore beach access ramps to popular park beaches,
all oceanside and soundside beach areas have been evaluated for safe
access for both pedestrians and vehicles. Seashore visitor
centers, information areas and off-road vehicle permit offices are
open. Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National
Historic Site are open and have resumed normal hours of
“We are happy to be back at work serving the
American people and welcoming the thousands of visitors to their
national parks,” stated Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “We are
proud to be a member of this community and are pleased to once again
contribute greatly to the local economy.”
The following is a summary of the status of park beach access areas/ramps:
- Bodie Island Oregon Inlet Area:
- Ramp 1 and 2 are open to pedestrian access
- Ramp 4 is open to ORV access
- Ramp 23 is open to pedestrians and reopens to ORVs on Nov. 1
- Ramp 27 is open
- Ramp 30 is open
- Ramp 34 is open to pedestrians and reopens to ORVs on Nov. 1
- Ramp 38 open
Cape Point-Buxton-Hatteras Area:
- Ramp 43 is open
- Ramp 44 is open. Access is open to Cape Point.
- Ramp 45 is open to pedestrians
- Ramp 49 is open
- Ramp 55 and the Pole Road are open
- Ramp 59 is open
- Ramp 67 is open
- Ramp 68 is open to pedestrians and reopens to ORVs on Nov. 1
- Ramp 70 is open
- Ramp 72 is open
Sept. 16 to Nov. 15, night driving is allowed on ORV routes, or
portions thereof, with no turtle nests remaining. A permit is
required for any off-road vehicle use in Cape Hatteras National
Seashore. On-site signage of a closed area will be clearly marked
in the field with “symbolic fencing” consisting of wooden or carsonite
posts, closure signs, string, and black filter fencing.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Bodie Island Lighthouse are closed to general climbing for the 2013 season.
park campgrounds, except Ocracoke are closed for the 2013 season.
Ocracoke campground was expected to reopen at noon today.
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