April 2, 2014

Cape Point closes to ORV access

The National Park Service this morning closed Cape Point to off-road vehicle access.

The closure is in accordance with the requirements of the ORV Management Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

On April 2, 2014, approximately 0.5 of a mile south of Ramp 44 adjacent to the ocean shoreline, National Park Service staff observed piping plover breeding behavior in an area south of what is commonly known as "the bypass."

 The required buffer of 75-meters to the east resulted in the closure to vehicles. 

There is currently ORV access for 0.5 of a mile south of Ramp 44 and 0.4 of mile north of Ramp 43.  There is no ORV access to the tip of Cape Point. 

Last year, Cape Point closed on April 9 and did not reopen until late August.

For more information on beach access, check Google Earth maps at: 
http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm  or call 252-475-9034.  

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