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Area National Park Service Visitor Facilities Closed Today Due to Winter Storm

As a result of snow accumulation and hazardous conditions, National Park Service visitor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial, will be closed today.

Visitor facilities at all three parks are scheduled to return to normal operations tomorrow.

Beach access ramps will remain open to off-road vehicles and pedestrians at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but some beach routes may impassable during both high and low tide conditions.


For more weather-related information, listen to NOAA weather radio, local radio, and media for updates and advisories.



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.





Skies Darken in Buxton Due to Storm Damage to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The skies over Buxton were a little darker over the weekend, as the light of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stopped functioning due to damage from the recent wave of winter storms.  Read more






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
...WITH SLIDE SHOW

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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CHNS Update From Ranger Karol Jones

Ranger Karol Jones reports that there was a motor vehicle rollover accident with no injuries in between Ramp 44 and Cape Point that occurred due to a beach ledge caving in along the shoreline. Please use caution if driving on beach ledges, and utilize the interdunal road when travelling to Cape Point when necessary.  
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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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