Shorebird nesting wrapping up means access to Cape Point, Ocracoke’s South Point opening soon

Shorebird nesting wrapping up means access to Cape Point, Ocracoke’s South Point opening soon

August 15th, 2022

The 2022 shorebird nesting season is winding down, and visitors can expect to see more Hatteras and Ocracoke Island beaches reopening in the coming days and weeks, according to the latest updates from Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Last week, a one-mile stretch of beach near South Beach Road, also known as old ORV Ramp 45, opened for walking. Additional vehicle access also reopened south of ORV Ramp 72 on Ocracoke Island.

In the coming weeks, it is anticipated that both Cape Point and Ocracoke’s South Point will reopen for vehicle and walking access, according to the National Seashore.

Also, the parking area at Ramp 38 has reopened after being closed during the Avon beach nourishment project, which was completed over the summer. The Buxton beach nourishment project is also expected to be complete within the next several weeks.

There will be upcoming temporary closures on some beaches as sea turtle nests enter hatch windows. Shortly after a nest hatches, the beach closure will be removed.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s 10 priority off-road vehicle (ORV) ramps open at 6:30 a.m.. All other designated ocean-side ORV ramps open at 7 a.m.

Priority ramps are ramps 2, 4, 25, 27, 43, 44, 48, 49, 70 and 72. While night driving restrictions are in place, all ORVs must be off ocean-side beaches by 9 p.m.

Restrictions on driving after 9 p.m. will start to be lifted Sept. 15, if there are no sea turtle nests remaining along an ORV route. To check the status of ORV routes, visit go.nps.gov/beachaccess.

For more information, including current beach access updates within the National Seashore, visit https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

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