September 11, 2014
Night driving on ORV routes reopens on Sept. 15
Monday, Sept.15 at midnight, off-road vehicle routes in Cape Hatteras
National Seashore will reopen to night driving where no turtle
nests remain or to the first posted closure in that route.
seashore’s off-road vehicle special regulation states that from Sept.
15 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 the seashore.
beginning Sept. 11, residents and visitors should note the newly
constructed Ramp 25 will open to the general public except for the
boardwalk area, which is still under construction.
2014 summer wildlife breeding season, 125 sea turtle nests have been
protected on seashore beaches. As of yesterday, about 62 nests
remain in the ground.
Visitors should note they will
encounter sea turtle nest protection areas in effect parkwide.
Closure conditions may change in the field on short notice, and these
posted protection areas are closed to all ORVs, pedestrians, and
pets. 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.
Nov. 1, the seasonally closed village beaches (tri-villages of
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo, Avon, Frisco, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Day Use
Area) will reopen to ORV use, except for sections of the beach with sea
turtle nest protection areas.
Pets are strictly
prohibited in posted resource protection areas and must be physically
restrained at all times on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length.
For further information, please call (252) 473-2111 or check the Google Earth map at: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/off-road-vehicle-use.htm