Access Update for the East Side of Cape Point
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111 ext: 148
Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that the east side of Cape Point has reopened to off-road vehicle (ORV) access effective immediately. The area is now open to ORV traffic from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm daily. The nighttime prohibition on beach driving is still in effect throughout the Seashore from 10:00 pm until 6 am.
The nesting season for beach nesting bird species is winding down in the Cape Point area; however, colonial waterbird nests and chicks are still present in the pre-nesting area west of Cape Point. This area is still posted with signs and symbolic fencing as being closed to vehicles, pedestrian and all pets. Staff will continue to monitor the area for bird nesting activity, as well as for an increased number of sea turtle nests in the area.
Temporary resource protection areas are established to protect threatened
and endangered species, including piping plovers and sea turtles, and for species of concern, including American oystercatchers and colonial waterbirds (terns and black skimmers). For more information, call 252-473-2111 ext. 148.
Did You Know?
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, which commemorates the first English attempt at colonization of the New World, is only a few miles northwest of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. More...