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:
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.
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.
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.
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.