Ramp 49 still badly flooded, the National Park Service has opened an
alternate route for off-road vehicles to reach the beach in the Frisco
Back-to-back tropical systems dropped record amounts of rainfall on
Hatteras Island in late May and early June leaving ramps in the Buxton
and Frisco area and the Cape Point Campground badly flooded.
Although it's been several weeks since the record rainfall, the water
levels have not dropped much at Ramp 49, which is still under about 20
inches of water in places. According to seashore officials,
high-clearance ORVs are getting through the standing water on the
ramp. However, travel is not recommended for ORVs with low
To help drivers reach the Frisco beach, the Park Service last evening
opened up Ramp 45 at the back of the Cape Point campground so that
vehicles can reach the newly built Inside Road, which will take them
behind the dunes to the new Ramp 48 and to Ramp 49.
The campground has been closed because of flooding since the storms,
but Hatteras Island District Ranger Joe Darling said that the water
level has decreased enough that the road through the campground is
passable. The road has up to six inches of water, in a few spots,
he said, especially at the entrance, but most of it has lower water
Ramp 45 is at the back of the campground and just over the ramp,
drivers can turn right on the Inside Road, which is dry through to the end
of Ramp 49. The Inside Road meets Ramp 49 at the end of the
Darling also said that the water on the road at the entrance to Ramp 43
has dropped to about 6 inches and is passable. The beach is open
from Ramp 43 to a closure for nesting birds near Cape Point.
Ramp 44 is also open, but, although some of the rainwater has
dried up, ruts in the road have caused the standing water to
remain up to 12 inches deep in places.
On southern Hatteras, Ramp 55 is also open to ORVs near the Ferry Docks in Hatteras village, and the Pole Road is open and dry.
Many of the ramps on northern Hatteras are also open to ORVs.
Click here for the latest beach access and ramp status report for the seashore.