April 14, 2017

Seasonal Beach Closures and Access Status for the Week of April 13

Several new closures were installed during the week of April 13, and driving in front of the villages closed for the season, per the latest Cape Hatteras Seashore Access Status from the National Park Service.

The beaches in front of the villages are seasonally open for ORVs starting October 15 through April 14, meaning that starting on Saturday, beaches within the island towns will be pedestrian access only.

Other updates on beach access and closures in addition to the end of the in-town driving season include:


  • Ramp 32-full beach closure from 0.47-0.67 miles south of Ramp 32 (already a vehicle free area)
  • Ramp 34-ORV only corridor 0.61-0.95 miles north of Ramp 34, no pedestrians
  • By April 15th nesting area closure will be installed across Ramp 34, there will still be pedestrian access from the parking lot via the boardwalk and emergency vehicle access as well.


  • Ramp 44 additional 75-100 yards to beach, road base to be built up, keep eye out for construction trucks and equipment in area.

Resource Updates:

A nest with two eggs from American Oystercatchers is currently being monitored in Sandy Bay Area.

For more information on beach access status, visit the Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CapeHatterasNS/.

Law Enforcement:

At approximately 2:00 am on April 10, National Park Service Law Enforcement Rangers, Dare County Sheriff's Department, and Ocean Rescue, responded to a report of an unresponsive male near Ramp 34 in Avon, North Carolina. Upon arrival on the beach, Rangers discovered a deceased male age 34 from Riverdale, GA.  The case is still under investigation and cause of death results pending from medical examiner's office.

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