September 28, 2015


Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facilities
Remain Open, Beach Driving Access Limited


After early morning assessment of Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches and facilities, Superintendent David Hallac announced today all park facilities in Cape Hatteras National Seashore remain open for the visiting public. 

A significant number of beach access ramps to popular park beaches are temporarily closed due to flooding, high, lunar tides and strong wind conditions and will remain closed until conditions improve.  Park staff are still assessing many of the areas for damage and unsafe conditions and updates will continue.

Park beaches are open to pedestrian access throughout the park unless otherwise posted.  Park visitors can expect to see some safety and/or resource protection closures in effect. 

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 for ORV and pedestrian access with standing water conditions
  • Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Area:
Ramps 23 will reopen to ORV access on November 1 (designated seasonal ORV route) but is currently open to pedestrian access
  • Ramp 25, 27, 30 and 32 are open to ORV and pedestrian access with standing water conditions on all ramps. (Ramp 32 remains closed for ORV night driving – 9:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.)
  • Ramp 34 will reopen to ORV access on November 1 (designated seasonal ORV route) but is currently open to pedestrian access
  • Between Ramp 34 and Ramp 38, the area is open to pedestrian access and will reopen to ORV access on November 1 (designated seasonal ORV route)
  • Ramp 38 is open to ORV and pedestrian access with standing water conditions
  • Ramp 43 is open to ORV and pedestrian access with standing water conditions but is closed to ORV night driving (9:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.)
  • Ramp 44 is closed to ORV access due to flooded conditions but remains open to pedestrian access. There is ORV access via Ramp 43 for approximately .25 (quarter) of a mile south of Ramp 44 (towards Cape Point) where a closure is in effect for unsafe driving conditions. Currently Cape Point is accessible only by foot.
  • Ramp 49 remains closed to ORV access but is open to pedestrian access
  • Ramp 55 remains closed to ORV access but is open to pedestrian access
  • The Pole Road remains closed to ORV access but is open to pedestrian access

Ocracoke Island:

  • Ramps 59 and 67 remain closed to ORV access but are open to pedestrian access
  • Ramp 68 (will reopen to ORV access on November 1 (designated seasonal ORV route)  but is currently open to pedestrian access
  • Ramps 70 and 72 and South Point Road are closed to ORV access but are open to pedestrian access
  • Closed ramps will remain closed until standing water and tidal flooding conditions subside or cease
  • All soundside access areas on Ocracoke remain closed due to flooded conditions


Other Park Facilities:
Some Cape Hatteras National Seashore facilities in Buxton and on Ocracoke Island experienced water leaks from windows and vents during the heavy, consistent rains and winds.  More assessment is being conducted.

Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are open and were not significantly impacted by this storm event.  

All Park Visitor Centers and ORV permit offices are open and have resumed normal hours of operation.

Billy Mitchell and Ocracoke Airstrips are open. 

For more information, contact 252-473-2111.

Click here to view Off Road Vehicle Access Ramp Status Chart


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