By IRENE NOLAN
The National Park Service announced today that it has partially reopened Cape Point Campground in Buxton.
The campground has been closed since early June when record rainfall from back-to-back tropical storms left it badly flooded with more than a foot of water in some areas.
Today, the Park Service said that the campground has dried out enough to open 40 to 50 of the 202 sites.
According to NPS spokesman Michael Barber, Loops D, E, F, and G are available for camping. The two restrooms between Loops D and G and the shower between Loops F and G are also open.
Barber said that visitors cannot make reservations yet on the NPS site, recreation.gov, but can just show up if they want to camp.
The rest of the campground, he said, will be open as soon as possible.
In addition, Ramp 45 at the rear of the campground is now closed for ORV access to the Inside Road. The ramp was opened after flooding made access to the road from Ramp 44 difficult after the flooding in early June.
At the time, Ramp 49 in Frisco was impassable for most ORVs, and the Inside Road to Ramps 48 was the only way to reach the Frisco beach.
Ramp 44 is currently dried out, and the Inside Road between Ramps 44 and 45 is passable again. The road to open from Ramp 44 all the way to Ramp 49.