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Most Visitor Facilities Reopen, 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.
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facilities on Ocracoke Open as of Friday Morning

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore announced on Wednesday that their visitor center, off-road vehicle permit office, and campground on Ocracoke Island will reopen on Friday morning, September 21. 
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Ocracoke Ponies Survive the Storm, as NPS Assesses Sea Turtle Nests on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands

Despite ocean overwash and subsequent damage to portions of N.C. Highway 12 on northern Ocracoke Island, all 15 of Ocracoke’s wild horses made it through Hurricane Florence just fine, with no damage to the perimeter pony pen. 
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Cape Point Reopens for ORVs

Cape Point reopened to ORVs at around 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 16, after a survey following Hurricane Florence found that black skimmer chicks that had previously been at the site were gone. 
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New Beach Access Walkways in Avon are Designed to Stand up to Storms – And They’re Working

Ocean View Drive in Avon has been a troublesome spot during storms in recent years. The area is susceptible to oceanside flooding, and during a series of nor’easters that hit the region hard in the spring of 2018, a line of staircases and walkways that originally led to the beach were washed away, along with the dunes. 
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NCBBA and Cape Hatteras National Seashore Team Up to Host Beach Clean-ups

On September 22, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) and the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA) will host drop-in volunteer beach cleanup efforts to celebrate National Public Lands Day. 
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Public Meeting on New Bodie Island Hunting Blind and Viewing Platform to be Held on Tuesday

A public meeting describing a project to construct a new accessible hunting blind and wildlife viewing platform on Bodie Island will be held on Tuesday at 6 p.m., per a recent announcement from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The meeting will take place in the Boardroom at the Town of Nags Head building located at 5401 Croatan Highway in Nags Head. 
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CHNS Proposes New Accessible Hunting Blind and Wildlife Viewing Platform on Bodie Island


Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) is planning to construct a new accessible hunting blind and wildlife viewing platform on Bodie Island.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) the National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input to help prepare an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze impacts associated with the proposed construction of these facilities. 
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Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center Reopening Planned for September 29

The National Park Service is excited to announce that the Wright Brothers National Memorial visitor center will reopen on Saturday, September 29. Details for a grand reopening event will be announced later this month. 
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Sees Busiest June in 16 Years

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) experienced an almost nine percent increase in total recreational visits this June compared to June 2017. Last month’s visitation (389,722) made it the busiest June at the Seashore since 2002.

So far in 2018, the Seashore has hosted 1,130,473 recreational visits, up almost 12 percent from the same period last year. 
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Sees Busiest May in 15 Years


Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) experienced a 13 percent increase in total recreational visits this May compared to May 2017. Last month’s remarkable visitation (248,423) made it the busiest May at the Seashore since 2003.
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Offers Sea Turtle Nest Excavation Programs

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is offering park visitors an opportunity to observe excavations of recently hatched sea turtle nests during the months of August and September. An “excavation” is the process completed by biologists to document what remains in the nest after a natural hatch has occurred. 
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces Amenity Upgrades at Oregon Inlet Campground

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) announces that electric and water services are now available at 23 of the camping sites at Oregon Inlet Campground. The upgraded amenities are expected to be in high demand, so it is recommended that reservations be made in advance. 
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Fourth of July Week: Enjoying Your National Parks on the Outer Banks

National Park Service staff at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial look forward to welcoming visitors to the Outer Banks over the Independence Day holiday next week.
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Nine Rehabilitated Sea Turtles Released at Coquina Beach

Nine rehabilitated sea turtles were released on Wednesday morning at the Coquina Beach public beach access within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
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Lighthouse Vandalism Info Can be Submitted via Dare Crime Line; Restoration Efforts Underway

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore has announced that anyone with information about the individual(s) responsible for etching the letters "SEF" into Cape Hatteras Lighthouse's original bronze door can report it anonymously through the Dare Community Crime Line at https://darecommunitycrimeline.org/tips/  
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Door Vandalized


The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was recently vandalized, per an announcement from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. An individual or individuals etched the letters “SEF” on the original bronze door that opens up to the 1870 lighthouse, and the National Seashore requests that anyone with information on the vandalism contact them as soon as possible. 
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OBPA Launches New “Don’t Be a Clown, Air Down” Initiative

The Outer Banks Preservation Association (OBPA) launched a new initiative this week to educate visitors on the rules of the off-road.
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CHNS Hosting Multiple Volunteer Beach Cleanups to Celebrate World Oceans Month

On June 23, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) and the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA) will host drop-in volunteer beach cleanup efforts to celebrate World Oceans Month.
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CHNS Releases Decision to Construct New Septic System for Park Housing in Buxton

A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the construction of a new septic system within the Buxton park housing area was signed on May 21, 2018.

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Park Service (NPS) prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to examine alternative actions and environmental impacts associated with the proposed project to install a new septic system within Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore). This system includes a lift station, drain fields, wastewater systems, and all associated electrical facilities.  
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NPS Issues Request for Proposals to Lease Oregon Inlet Marina

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is pleased to announce the opportunity for interested parties to submit proposals to lease Oregon Inlet Marina (currently operated as Oregon Inlet Fishing Center). 
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CHNS Update From Ranger Karol Jones

Karol Jones is our Hatteras Island District Ranger for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and the following is her update on beach access, visitor information, and other issues that are pertinent to enjoying our Hatteras and Ocracoke island beaches.
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Lighthouse is Beaming Again After Quick Repair

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is back to beaming again after a quick Tuesday repair by the U.S. Coast Guard.
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Lighthouse Goes Dark Over Memorial Day Weekend


The skies on Hatteras Island became a little darker over Memorial Day weekend, as the light within the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stopped working. Reports started to trickle in on Sunday that the familiar and rotating beacon was missing, and efforts are underway to assess the problem. 
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Lifeguards Return for the Summer at Three Island Beaches

Lifeguards are returning for the summer season on Saturday, May 26, at three beaches within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, per a recent announcement from the National Park Service. 
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Temporary Wildlife Protection Area Installed at Cape Point on Saturday

Per a recent announcement from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, beginning early Saturday morning, May 19, a temporary wildlife protection area will be installed near the tip of Cape Point to protect nesting shorebirds.
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NCDOT to Conduct Herbicide Spraying on Bodie Island Pond

N.C. Department of Transportation contractors will begin a herbicide-spraying operation on Bodie Island Pond beginning Wednesday, May 16. 
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Ocracoke Herd Welcomes New Family Member

The Ocracoke pony herd has a new member, per a recent announcement from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 
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Seasonal Night Driving Restrictions go Into Effect May 1

ORV routes throughout the Cape Hatteras National Seashore will seasonally close to night driving beginning on May 1, in anticipation of nesting sea turtles and hatchlings. 
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South Beach Road and Parking Area Opens

On Thursday, the National Park Service (NPS) opened South Beach Road and a new parking area for public use, with no ORV permit required to access. The project has been in the works since late 2017. 
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NPS and NCBBA Sweep the Beaches in Joint April 21 Clean-Up

The National Park Service and the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association joined forces on Saturday, April 21, to perform an island-wide clean-up of popular beach spots and local ORV ramps on Hatteras Island.
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National Volunteer Week Highlight: Ruth Fordon

This National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, 2018, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) commends Volunteer Ruth Fordon for her commitment to its sea turtle nesting program. Fordon assists with turtle strandings, nest sitting, early morning turtle patrols, and raking out vehicle tracks. 
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Visit Your Park During National Park Week April 21-29, 2018

National Park Week, April 21-29, 2018, is an annual national celebration of people, parks, trails, heritage areas, national trails and rivers, seashores, historic sites, beautiful landscapes, and so many more places that are remarkable. National Park Week is a great time to connect with the vast network of national parks, which protect and preserve our natural and cultural history. 
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National Volunteer Week Highlight: Geta Jackoway

This National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, 2018, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) applauds Volunteer Geta Jackoway for her exceptional work at the Bodie Island Visitor Center and Oregon Inlet Campground. 
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Operation Beach Respect: 34 Years of Service to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area

On Saturday, April 21, the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association’s “Operation Beach Respect,” a Beach and a Highway clean-up program, will be conducted by NCBBA Members, National Park Service Employee volunteers and other volunteers who will patrol each beach access ramp from Oregon Inlet (Ramp 2 ) to Hatteras to hand out information packets including trash bags to beachgoers.
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Old Lighthouse Beach’s Layer of Scattered Asphalt Removed

Rangers and maintenance staff from the National Park Service (NPS) recently embarked on a project to remove the scattered asphalt that has appeared along the Old Lighthouse Beach in Buxton. Photos that were posted on Facebook showed before and after shots of the shoreline, with large chunks of piled asphalt removed from the final landscape. 
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Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses to Open for Climbing on April 20

The Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses will be open for climbing this year from Friday, April 20 through Monday, October 8.  
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CHNS Invites Public to Comment on Proposed New Septic System for NPS Housing Area

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) is proposing to replace the current septic system serving the park housing units near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton, NC. This system includes a lift station, septic drain fields, wastewater systems, and all associated electrical facilities.
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Renovated NPS Boat Ramps in Ocracoke Reopen

The recently renovated public boat ramps on Ocracoke Island have reopened to the public. 
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Historic Lighthouse A Modern-Day Marvel

The Coast Guard recently overcame various hurdles in North Carolina to keep the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse shining. Some of the light’s rare components sustained storm damage in mid-January and the light was without power for more than a month. Ohio contractors were hired by the Coast Guard to manufacture necessary replacement parts from scratch for around $3,000. Coast Guard electrician’s mates from Cape Hatteras and Fort Macon turned the light back on in Buxton February 17.
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Repaired and Back to Beaming

After more than a month of dark skies, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was once again shining its light on Saturday night, February 17.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse had been turned off since roughly January 12, after several severe winter storms affected the Hatteras Island area, and caused damage to hard-to-replace parts on the lighthouse’s electrical systems.
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces 2018 Camping Season Dates

The Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco, and Ocracoke campgrounds will open for the season on Friday, March 30. 
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Superintendent David Hallac Invites the Community to Discuss an Overview of the 2017 Season

National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac invites the public to visit with staff on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, where he will review visitation patterns and park activities during 2017 at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial. 
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New Boardwalk and Viewing Platform in Hatteras Village Opens

The new ADA accessible boardwalk and viewing platform in Hatteras village is complete and open as of Friday morning, per the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 
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ORV Ramp 72 on Ocracoke Island Temporarily Closed for Repairs

Beginning on Wednesday morning, beach access ramp 72 on Ocracoke Island will be temporarily closed in order to make necessary repairs to a damaged culvert.

The culvert was damaged during a recent storm, per the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. As soon as repairs are made, the ramp will reopen. In the meantime, visitors are asked to please use beach access ramp 70 to access South Point.





Project to Replace Public Boat Ramps on Ocracoke Island Beginning Next Week

A project to replace the National Park Service public boat ramps on Ocracoke Island is scheduled to begin on January 18.  
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Only Water-Locked Pilings Remain at Frisco Pier Site

There were no visible structures or pilings left along the sand on Thursday morning, as the DOT Construction team orchestrating the removal of the Frisco Pier made noticeable progress over the course of a week. 
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Pier House Removed at Frisco Pier
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Visitors to the beach in Frisco caught an eerie and once-in-a-lifetime sight on Friday, as the pier house at the Frisco (aka Cape Hatteras) Pier was removed from the landscape.

Demolition of the pier house began on Tuesday, and lasted just a few days as DOT Construction crew members hauled off components in small and manageable pieces.  Read more

Removal Stage Begins at Frisco Pier...WITH SLIDE SHOW

The pier house at the Frisco (aka Cape Hatteras) Pier is ready to be dismantled and removed – a project that will likely begin on Tuesday, December 12, and which will last just a few days to several weeks.

After the initial staging phase, which included asbestos abatement by a special contractor, inspections, and securing the site with fencing, the removal portion of the project can now begin in earnest, starting with the pier house and working towards the visible pilings. 
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Extensive Frisco Pier Removal Project Begins

The initial staging process of the Frisco Pier Removal project has begun, but dismantling and tearing down the pier will not be a quick undertaking.

On December 5, the Frisco (aka Cape Hatteras) Pier was surrounded by a large metal fence to make the area safe for the public, and a series of separate tasks need to be completed before the pier has fully disappeared from the local landscape. 
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Lighthouses from A to Z

Throughout history, the watery perils that exist off North Carolina's coast have endangered mariners as well as any ocean going passengers. Hundreds of ships have fallen prey to formidable currents, fierce storms, and shifting shoals in the infamous "Graveyard of the Atlantic." The construction of lighthouses on the Outer Banks, therefore, was crucial to protect both lives and commerce against the hazards of the sea.

Two tall coastal lights, Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras, were built in the 1870s to warn ships traveling along the Outer Banks of the dangerous shoals along the islands. The Ocracoke Lighthouse, a harbor light at the southern end of the seashore, was completed in 1823 as a light to mark Ocracoke Inlet and Silver Lake.

Today, these three light stations, so called because they have multiple buildings including a lighthouse and a keepers' dwelling, still serve as active aids-to-navigation along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.


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