Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac announced today that access to
Cape Point, along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach from Ramps
43 and 44, has reopened for both off-road vehicles and pedestrians.
The Cape Point area has been closed since May 11 to protect nesting shorebirds and colonial waterbirds.
At this time, ORV access to Cape Point is available via the sand road
bypass located just south of Ramp 44. Use of the bypass route will be
required until a sea turtle nest located in the area is fully hatched
and is excavated.
As a reminder, ORVs are allowed on seashore beaches from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily and a permit is required.
As Cape Hatteras National Seashore is still in the height of sea turtle
nesting season, visitors should be on the lookout for signs of sea
turtle nesting activity when driving on the beach. Motorists should be
watchful for marked sea turtle nests in the area and any special
corridors around nests.
Shorebird protection areas, established at the beginning of the
shorebird breeding season to set aside suitable nesting habitat, such
as the one west of Cape Point, will remain in effect until July 31, or
after a 14-day waiting period of no shorebird breeding activity.
This year's closure at Cape Point was one of the shortest in recent
years, mostly because of changes made last year to buffers around
Here are the closing and reopening dates for Cape Point for the last four years:
- 2016 - Cape Point closed to ORV access on May 11 and reopened on July 27 (77 days).
- 2015 - Cape Point closed to ORV access on April 6 and reopened on August 30 (147 days).
- 2014 - Cape Point closed to ORV access on April 2 and reopened on August 26 (147 days).
- 2013 - Cape Point closed to ORV access on April 9 and reopened on August 23 (136 days).
For more information about Cape Hatteras National Seashore or
additional information about off-road vehicle beach driving, please
visit us at http://nps.gov/caha and http://facebook.com/capehatterasns.