October 17, 2013



All Outer Banks Group parks have reopened



All 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 operation. 

“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

Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Area:
  • Ramp 23 is open to pedestrians and reopens to ORVs on Nov. 1
  • Ramp 27 is open
  • Ramp 30 is open

Avon Area:
  • 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


Ocracoke Island:
  • 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

From 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.

All park campgrounds, except Ocracoke are closed for the 2013 season.  Ocracoke campground was expected to reopen at noon today.


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