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 9 include the following:
Cape Point Updates:
• Off-road vehicles (ORV) can now travel 0.71 miles south of ORV ramp 44.
Beach walkers can walk south of Ramp 44, walk around the currently
closed area, and connect with the southwestern boundary of the closed
area, which is approximately 0.3 miles west of the tip of Cape Point.
Beach walkers can also walk 1.2 miles east of the South Beach Road
parking area. Access to South Beach Road through the Cape Point
Campground has reopened after July’s heavy rains and flooding.
Only 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
additional access when possible.
The resource protection area at the tip of Cape Point is approximately
a quarter mile in size. Seashore-wide, there are around 27 miles out of
29 miles to drive on and around 36 miles out of 38 miles available for
Additional CHNS Updates
There continues to be standing water in areas of the park due to the
significant rainfall the area received in July. Beware of hidden
potholes on Lighthouse Road near the entrance to Cape Point Campground
and off-road vehicle (ORV) ramp 44. Park staff will fill all potholes
once the standing water is gone.
There is approximately 3-8 inches of standing water in multiple areas
on the Inside Road. ORV drivers should consider using the beach route
between Ramps 48 and 49 until water levels go down.
Camping in the Cape Point Campground is temporarily closed due to
standing water. Staff will reopen the campground when possible. There
are plenty of dry sites at nearby Frisco Campground.
Sea turtles continue to nest on National Seashore beaches. Please use
caution while driving and report any sightings (nesting, live,
cold-stunned, dead, tangled, etc.) by calling 252-216-6892.
Visitors can continue to sign up for ocean safety text messages by
texting “JoinOBXBeachConditions” to 30890. The text messaging system is
operated by Dare County with support from lifeguards and rescue squads
operating on the Outer Banks.