To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, consistent with federal, state, and local advisories, visitor centers at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) are temporarily closed.
Park lands and beaches continue to be open for the purposes of activities described under Dare County’s “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” declaration. Read more about the new county declaration, which goes into effect Saturday at 5 p.m., at https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/whats-allowed-under-dare-countys-new-stay-home-stay-healthy-declaration/.
Visit http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess for the current status of Seashore beaches.
- Off-road vehicle (ORV) permits can be purchased online at www.recreation.gov. The status of each ORV ramp and beach route can be found at http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess.
- Beachgoers should use caution in the ocean as no lifeguards are on duty at this time of year.
- The Oregon Inlet Campground, the Seashore’s only year-round campground, is closed.
- The grounds of Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, and Ocracoke Lighthouses are open.