August 2, 2018

National Seashore Updates for the Week of August 2

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) announced several recent updates related to beach driving and recreational activities on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. Changes related to the National Seashore for the week of August 2 include the following:

  • Since last week’s update, additional access in the Cape Point area was re-opened. Visitors can currently travel 0.7 miles south of off-road vehicle (ORV) ramp 44 and beach walkers can travel 1.16 miles east of the South Beach Road parking area. The tip of Cape Point remains temporarily closed due to a mixed tern (Least Tern and Black Skimmer) colony in various stages of nesting and chick-rearing. Staff monitor the area daily and will restore access when possible.
  • There continues to be standing water in areas of the park due to the recent significant rainfall.  9-12 inches of standing water was reported near ramp 43 and ramp 44, and up to 18 inches of standing water was reported in some areas of the Inside Road as of Thursday morning. ORV drivers are advised to drive on the beach between ramps 48 and 49 instead of using the Inside Road.
  • All priority ORV ramps switched to 6:30 a.m. opening times on August 1. All non-priority ORV ramps continue to open at 7:00 a.m. Until night driving is permitted, all ramps close to vehicles daily at 9:00 p.m.
  • Visitors can sign up for ocean safety text messages by texting “Join OBXBeachConditions” to 30890. The text messaging system is operated by Dare County with support from lifeguards and rescue squads operating on the Outer Banks.

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