Seashore establishes pre-nesting areas for shorebird breeding season
and vehicles cannot enter pre-nesting areas, but they do not impede
access since they are high on the beach -- toward the dunes..
The pre-nesting areas are established based on the recent breeding
history at the seashore and the actual habitat conditions observed
during the annual assessment. As the birds arrive and begin to
establish territories, park staff may be required to modify these
delineations, depending on where the breeding territories are
The site-specific restrictions are posted at each location to provide
the most accurate and up-to-date indication of access status. The park
encourages visitors to observe these unique breeding activities from a
ORV permits are required for driving on seashore beaches.
They are available online by visiting www.recreation.gov or at the
following park locations-- Bodie Island Lighthouse Visitor
Center, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center, and the Ocracoke
Visitor Center. The permit offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
year-round, seven days a week, except Christmas Day, with expanded
hours on weekends and holidays during the summer season.
The cost of an annual permit, which is valid for the calendar year,
costs $120. A seven-day ORV permit, valid from the date issued,