National Seashore Updates for the Week of August 17
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 17 include the following:
the next year, Cape Hatteras National Seashore will evaluate plans for
minimizing the potential for flooded conditions on the south end of
Lighthouse Road in Buxton. The area close to ORV ramps 43 and 44, as
well as the Cape Point Campground, still have standing water from
record rainfall in the latter half of July.
vehicles (ORV) can currently travel 0.71 miles south of ORV ramp 44.
Beach walkers can walk south of Ramp 44, walk outside of 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
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 28 miles out of 29 miles to drive on and around 36 miles out of
38 miles available for beach walking.
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