Ocean overwash still a problem for ORVs heading to Cape Point
By IRENE NOLAN
National Park Service said on Monday, May 9, that Cape Point is still
open to vehicles through a special corridor but access is currently
difficult at high tide because of by ocean overwash.
"Currently, we are experiencing larger than normal high tides and
likely will for the next few days," Hatteras Island District Ranger Joe
Darling said in an email last Friday morning, May 6. "These
conditions will likely make access to Cape Point impassable except
during low tide conditions."
Darling said that Friday morning's ocean overwash -- at the high tide
around 8 a.m. -- occurred throughout the vehicle corridor and at the
end of Cape Point. The beach continues to be serious eroded
between Ramps 43 and 44 and Cape Point.
On Monday, park officials reported that vehicles crossing through the
corridor at high tide were still getting their tires wet, and that,
because of the high water, there is only a "small patch of land" at the
Point that can hold a handful of vehicles, which could be trapped
until the next low tide.
"We encourage everyone to use caution and monitor tide conditions closely, " Darling said last week.
The Point is closed to pedestrians, who are not allowed to walk through
the corridor, which was established to guide vehicles through an area
where two American oystercatchers are nesting while keeping the birds
safe. The area will be closed to vehicles when and if the eggs in
the nest hatch, which would be later this month.