Ocracoke Island and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) will reopen to visitors on December 2 per a Wednesday decision from the Hyde County Commissioners, however, some CHNS facilities will remain closed due to damage from Hurricane Dorian.
Per a Thursday morning press release from CHNS, visitors to Ocracoke Island should be aware of the following status updates on National Seashore facilities on Ocracoke Island:
- All ocean and soundside beaches are open.
- The Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitor center and associated restrooms were damaged during Hurricane Dorian and are closed until further notice. Visitors interested in beach driving may get an off-road vehicle permit online at www.recreation.gov or obtain a permit at the Hatteras Island or Bodie Island visitor centers.
- The Ocracoke Campground will not reopen until next spring.
- The Ocracoke Lighthouse grounds are open.
- The Seashore boat ramp parking area and boat ramps are open.
- Due to continued debris staging, the Ocracoke Day Use Area (Lifeguard Beach) and its parking lot will not be accessible