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CHNS Update From Ranger Karol Jones

Currently the Ramp 55 parking lot area is temporarily fenced off for the boardwalk to be replaced/improved.

The Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier and Pier House in Frisco is scheduled to be removed December 2017.  During the removal of the pier and pier house, parking will not be available. After the pier and pier house are removed, the Seashore will begin planning for a project to improve the parking lot and provide restroom facilities.
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Free Winter Climb Day

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be open to the public for a free Winter Climb on Saturday December 9, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
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Better Access to South Beach on the Horizon

Easier access to South Beach is on the way, thanks to a wintertime project by the National Park Service (NPS) that focuses on the former ORV ramp 45 just south of the Point.

South Beach, or “The Hook,” is the shoreline that is situated just south of Cape Point, and which is solely open to pedestrians year round. Due to changes to the off road vehicle management plan that stemmed from the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, the road that leads to this isolated beach will be improved, shortening the walk to the oceanfront.
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Villages Open to ORVs: Beach Access Update

The beaches were a little busy on Sunday, October 15, as it marked the opening day for the villages of Hatteras, Frisco, Avon, and the Tri-villages to allow seasonal ORV vehicles. In addition, seasonal ramps such as Ramp 34 north of Avon opened to ORVs and pedestrians as well. 
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Public Input Sought on Proposal to Install New Elevated Water Tank on Ocracoke Island

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is seeking public input regarding a plan to relocate a water tank that is operated by the Ocracoke Sanitary District (OSD) on Ocracoke Island.

The purpose of relocating the tank is to allow for the installation of a new, larger capacity tank that will safely serve the residents and visitors on Ocracoke Island. The existing water tank holds 150,000 gallons and is 41 years old. This tank is getting close to the end of its life expectancy and OSD is planning for future water needs of the community by proposing to install a new elevated 250,000 gallon tank within the next five years.
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For the First Time in Years, Cape Point Stayed Open to ORVs All Summer Long

Both manmade and natural factors contributed to Cape Point staying open all summer long to ORVs for the first time in roughly a decade.

Though Cape Point was technically closed for almost two hours in July when an unexploded ordnance washed ashore on the Shelly Island sandbar, the beach otherwise remained open for ORVs, thanks to nesting factors and established ORV corridors.
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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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