May 12, 2017

Access and seashore updates from the National Park Service

Access to the tip of Cape Point remains open via an ORV-only corridor. Tomorrow will mark the latest day in the spring season that Cape Point has been accessible to visitors since 2008, according to Karol Jones, Hatteras Island District Ranger for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

There is a piping plover nest that is due to hatch over the next few days, as well as least terns that may begin nesting soon. As a result of this activity, there is a possibility that access changes may occur over the next week or two. Seashore staff will provide as much access to the Cape Point area as possible, while implementing wildlife buffers that protects the species.

On the morning of May 9, one of the first sea turtle nests in North Carolina was found near Ramp 34. It is the earliest documented Loggerhead sea turtle nest at the Seashore since at least 2002.

As a reminder, the use of Drones are prohibited throughout the National Seashore -- on all NPS grounds and beaches - -which includes the lighthouses and the surrounding area.

Currently, there are 37.51 miles out of 43.8 miles that are open to pedestrians and / or ORVs, or 85.6% of the National Seashore, on Hatteras Island. There are 6.29 miles of temporary resource closures.

On Ocracoke Island, there are 14.65 miles out of 17 miles that are open to pedestrians and / or ORVs, or 86.2% of the National Seashore. There are 2.35 miles of temporary resource closures.

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