the warmer temperatures and spring break crowds, the Cape Hatteras
National Seashore has seen an increase of people throughout the area,
according to Hatteras Island District Ranger Karol Jones.
influx of people has also brought reports of several vehicles getting
stuck in the soft sand, and visitors are encouraged to lower their tire
pressure before driving out on the beach, and to remember that “all
wheel drive” is not the same as “4x4.” Jones also recommends that
everyone have a plan to remove a vehicle safely in the event that their
vehicle gets stuck on the beach.
the Point, there was a recent ocean rescue, (as people were trying to
get to the sandbar that is visible in the distance), and there have
been some minor altercations, or “turf wars,” over fishing spots in the
area, according to Jones. Hopefully, recently added additional space
will allow everyone adequate access. The oystercatcher pair that was
exhibiting nesting behavior at Cape Point has finally settled on a
nesting site and laid an egg. That nest is a bit further to the west of
where the original locations were. As a result, on Tuesday, April 20,
National Park Service staff were able to make the ORV corridor smaller,
and open another 1/10 mile of additional beaches to the west of the tip
of Cape Point.
for other activity in the area, there is another pair of oystercatchers
that may set up a nest any day now in an area that is further to the
west of Cape Point. If the birds nest in that area, it will not affect
ORV access at the point. A pair of piping plovers has also constructed
a 3-egg nest to the east of Salt Pond Road.
also notes that the National Park Service is very close to finalizing a
new ORV beach access map and a Frequently Asked Questions brochure that
is based on modifications that were made to our ORV Management Plan
earlier this year. For more information on current beach access and
closures, visit the Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Facebook page.