Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) recently announced that a series
of improvements have begun at Devil Shoals Road on Ocracoke Island.
road, which is located across from the Ocracoke Campground, provides
access to soundside recreational activities, and is one of several
projects conducted by the CHNS to improve sound access on Ocracoke.
is a project we planned for in 2016 / 2017 [as part of the] Final Rule
for off-road vehicle (ORV) management,” said National Parks of Eastern
North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac. “We wanted a soundside
access on Ocracoke Island where the public could get to the sound
without an off-road vehicle permit.”
the project, Devil Shoals Road will be widened, and the parking area
will be increased to accommodate 3 to 5 vehicles. The road will also be
hardened using sand, shell, and clay, which will improve ease of
passage to the parking area for non-4WD vehicles.
to the Devil Shoals Road project, the CHNS also improved soundside
access at South Bitter Squash Creek, by adding a parking area and kayak
launch at the site.
Hatteras Island where we have the Salvo Day Use Area, the Haulover Day
Use Area, and the Sandy Bay Day Use Area, there were no [soundside] day
use areas on Ocracoke,” said Hallac. “So we did two things to enhance
access. The parking and kayak launch at South Bitter Creek, which has
been open for about a year, and the enhanced access at Devils Shoal
Shoals Road will be closed during the project, however, it may be
temporarily reopened on some weekends, or if there are delays in
construction. While the road is closed, visitors can still access the
Pamlico Sound using Prong Road, Borrow Pit Road, Scrag Cedars Road, and
The Devil Shoals Road project is anticipated to finish in two months.