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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Urges Beach Visitors to Use Caution Over Next Several Days

High threats of rip currents, large swells, and windy conditions associated with Hurricane Jose will produce life-threatening surf conditions along Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) over the next few days. Due to these conditions, Superintendent David Hallac is urging all beach visitors to stay out of the water until dangerous conditions subside. 
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Weekly 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 weekly update on beach access, visitor information, and other issues that are pertinent to enjoying our Hatteras and Ocracoke island beaches. 
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CHNS Continues to Urge Visitors to Use Caution When Attempting to Access Sandbar Near Cape Point

Cape Hatteras National Seashore continues to urge visitors to use caution and to be mindful of tides when attempting to access the sandbar, commonly referred to as Shelly Island, near the tip of Cape Point in Buxton, North Carolina.
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Bypass Road to Cape Point and Shelly Island Sandbar Re-opens

The bypass road off of Ramp 44 that leads to Cape Point is now open, per Hatteras Island District Ranger Karol Jones of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 
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CHNS Commercial Services Orientation and Open House on Ocracoke Island

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) Superintendent Dave Hallac is excited to announce a Commercial Services Orientation and Open House on Ocracoke Island.

The meeting will take place on Monday, August 28 from 12:30-2:00 pm at the Ocracoke Community Center in Ocracoke: 999 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke. 
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A Primer on Sea Turtle Nests, and an Inside Look into the 2017 Nesting Season

For many people living on Hatteras Island, summer is the busiest season of the year due to the booming increase in tourism, and it is no different for National Park Service workers.

Beginning May 1, the NPS monitors the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore from Ramp 30 to Hatteras village for sea turtle nest activity.
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OBPA and NPS Partner to Launch “Pack it In, Pack it Out Campaign

On a quiet Wednesday morning, representatives from the Outer Banks Preservation Association (OBPA), the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA) and the National Park Service (NPS) gathered together at Ramp 43 in Buxton to unveil the first sign of a new campaign aimed at addressing the trash problem on the beaches. 
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NPS and Dare County Urge Visitors to Use Caution When Attempting to Access New Sandbar

Over the last two to three months, a large sandbar has formed off Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) in the Cape Point area. Due to the number of recent water rescues the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad has made between the tip of Cape Point and the sandbar, the National Park Service and Dare County are urging all park visitors to use caution when attempting to access the offshore sandbar.  
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Report: Parks, Nature Boost Coast’s Economy

When visitors spend time on North Carolina’s coast, they also spend money. Renting lodging, dining locally, recreating, camping and fishing are among the services tourists pay for to experience the state’s coastline.

The local spending creates jobs and economic opportunities directly in the surrounding communities, and indirectly as employees spend their income. National parks and their natural features on the state’s coast are a tourist draw and a significant economic boost, according to a recent report.  
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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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