Ramp 32, parking lot, footpath on
Hatteras Island to open Sept. 4
National Park Service will open a newly constructed parking area,
footpath, and off-road vehicle ramp in the Cape Hatteras National
Seashore on Friday, Sept. 4.
The new ramp -- Ramp 32, is located on the oceanside of Highway 12
between the villages of Salvo and Avon and near the soundside site of
the historic Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station.
“We made the opening of the new ORV beach access Ramp 32 and the nearby
newly constructed parking lot and foo path, named 'Little Kinnakeet
Beach Trail,' a priority so we could offer these new access areas to
beachgoers in time for the Labor Day weekend,” stated seashore
Superintendent David Hallac.
The opening also coincides with the beginning of the seashore’s fall
fishing season. The paved parking area to the south of Ramp 32 provides
additional pedestrian access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Ramp 32 is the second of several such beach access projects planned for
the seashore’s future. The opening of Ramp 32 and the new beach
trail marks the second time in one year that the park has expedited
construction to increase the number of facilities for improved access
to the seashore's beaches. On Sept. 11, 2014, the new Ramp 25
opened with a handicapped accessible boardwalk.
Expediting new ORV access ramps and roads was mandated in legislation
passed by Congress last December as part of the 2015 National Defense
Planning for this project was completed in an Environmental Assessment
in 2012 that gave consideration to new parking areas, paved and two
unpaved roads, ORV ramps, footpaths, ADA accessible boardwalks, and the
elevation of an existing flood-prone road section.
For more information about this or other projects, please call park headquarters at 252-473-2111.