Seasonal Night Driving Restrictions go Into Effect May 1
routes throughout the Cape Hatteras National Seashore will seasonally
close to night driving beginning on May 1, in anticipation of nesting
sea turtles and hatchlings.
In previous years, all ramps opened at 7 a.m. and closed at 9 p.m. from
May 1 through at least September 15, depending on sea turtle nesting
activity. But changes to the Seashore’s ORV Management Plan that were
approved in early
2017 allow for earlier morning opening times at ten popular (or priority) ramps, which are listed below.
Priority ORV Ramps
Ramp 2 – Bodie Island
Ramp 4 – Bodie Island
Ramp 25 – Hatteras Island
Ramp 27 – Hatteras Island
Ramp 43 – Hatteras Island
Ramp 44 – Hatteras Island
Ramp 48 – Hatteras Island
Ramp 49 – Hatteras Island
Ramp 70 – Ocracoke Island
Ramp 72 – Ocracoke Island
ORV Ramp Opening Times
1 – July 31: Priority ORV ramps open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. All
other designated ORV ramps open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.
1 – Sept 30: Priority ORV ramps open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.
All other designated ORV ramps open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.
Oct 1 - Nov 15: All designated ORV ramps, including priority ramps, open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.
15 – Nov 15: A transition to night driving (24 hours a day) could occur
if there are no sea turtle nests remaining along a route.
Nov 16 – Apr 30: All designated ORV routes are open to night driving.
Beach-goers should also note that beach fires are allowed May 1-Nov 15
in front of the villages from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., and seasonal ORV
routes in front of villages are only open to pedestrians from now until