September 21, 2018

Night Driving Reopens, and other National
Seashore Updates for the Week September 20

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 20 include the following:

  • The majority of Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitor facilities and services reopened and restarted last weekend. Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands received some impacts from Hurricane Florence, but the impacts were not nearly as bad as the impacts felt at places like Wilmington and New Bern. Our friends at Cape Lookout National Seashore in Carteret County and Moores Creek National Battlefield in Pender County will be dealing with post-Florence clean up and repairs for at least the next several months.
  • The southern portion of Ocracoke Island will reopen to visitors starting tomorrow morning. Due to damage to N.C. Highway 12 and the dunes at the north end of the island, the only ferry routes running to Ocracoke will be the Swan Quarter and Cedar Island routes. The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route will be reestablished after road and dune repairs are completed at the north end of the island.
  • Almost all beach access ramps and routes were reopened last Sunday. Go to: for beach and ocean info updates.
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore will hold beach cleanup events on Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands this Saturday to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

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