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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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Sound side access in Ocracoke opens in two locations

Visitors and islanders now have two new ways to access the sound side of Ocracoke Island.  
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Remainder of Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitor Services and Facilities to Reopen

Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitor services and facilities south of Oregon Inlet, including all campgrounds, will reopen this afternoon at 1 p.m. Facilities north of Oregon Inlet reopened this morning at 9 a.m. 
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Potential Unexploded Ordnance Found on Beach in Avon

This morning, a potential unexploded ordnance was found on a beach near Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s beach access ramp 34 in Avon. 
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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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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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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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