• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

2013 Annual ORV Pemits Available December 1st

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Date: November 26, 2012
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) permit offices will begin issuing the 2013 annual ORV permit on Saturday, December 1, 2012. The 2013 annual permit will be valid from the date of purchase through December 31, 2013 at a cost of $120.00 per permit. The ORV permit offices are open 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year round, closed Christmas Day.

Permits can be obtained from any of the Seashore's three permit offices located on:

  • Bodie Island at the north end of the Coquina Beach parking lot (8101 NC 12 Highway, Nags Head, NC);
  • Hatteras Island by the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center (46368 Lighthouse Road, Buxton, NC); or
  • Ocracoke Island by the NPS visitor center (40 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC).

The National Seashore's new ORV Management Plan and final rule became effective in February 2012. The rule designates ORV routes within the Seashore in a manner that will provide a variety of safe visitor experiences, protect and preserve natural and cultural resources, and minimize conflicts among various users. Under National Park Service general regulations, the operation of motor vehicles off of roads within areas of the National Park System is prohibited unless authorized by special regulation.

For information on visiting the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, please visit the park's websites at www.nps.gov/caha, or by calling 252-441-2111.

Did You Know?

This artist's rendering shows the U.S.S. Monitor foundering in a storm off of Cape Hatteras in December 1862.

The U.S.S. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras during a storm in December 1862. The wreck's location was a mystery until 1973 when a research vessel found the ship 16 miles off the cape in 230 feet of water. In 1975, the Monitor was named the nation’s first National Marine Sanctuary.