September 7, 2018

Night Driving Reopens, and other National
Seashore Updates for the Week September 7

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 September 7 include the following:

Night driving will be allowed on certain beach routes starting September 15. Daily beach access and ocean safety information is posted on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore website at

  • The tip of Cape Point remains temporarily closed due to black skimmer nests and several black skimmer chicks. Staff monitor the area daily and will reopen the quarter mile area when they are certain that bird nesting and chick rearing activity is over.
  • Seashore-wide, there are over 28 miles out of 29 miles of beach to drive on, and close to 37 miles out of 38 miles available for beach walking.
  • As of this morning, Seashore beaches have hosted 165 sea turtle nests, with 98 hatched, so far.
  • On Tuesday, September 11, local firefighters, law enforcement, first responders, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore staff will climb the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse starting at 8:46 am, the exact time Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. This annual remembrance event will include a moment of silence to honor the fallen. The public is welcome to attend.
  • Seashore officials are closely watching the path of Tropical Storm Florence, which is expected to regain strength over the next couple of days. Regardless of Florence’s eventual track, large swells will begin to affect our area this weekend, resulting in life-threatening surf and rip currents. Visitors are urged to stay out of the Atlantic Ocean when there is rough surf and increased risks of life-threatening rip currents. Off-road vehicle routes and vehicle free area beach routes may become impassable when the swell begins to build.

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