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Update - Park Opens Additional Ramps and Beach Areas

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Date: August 31, 2011
Contact: Public Information Office, 786-385-0067
Contact: General Park Information, 252-473-2111

Manteo, North Carolina: Superintendent Mike Murray announces that efforts to open additional ramps to popular park beaches are moving forward.On Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches, all ocean and soundside beach areas have been evaluated for safe access for both pedestrians and vehicles.

Beaches are open to pedestrian access throughout the park unless otherwise posted. Park visitors can expect to see some resource protection closures in effect for resource protection.For additional beach access information, please see the latest Google Earth beach access maps: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm

The following areas and/or ramps are open to off road vehicles (ORV)

Bodie Island Oregon Inlet Area

Ramp 2 - Open to 0.6 miles south of Ramp 4 (Note Ramp 4 is closed)

Coquina Beach:The bathhouse and parking lot will open on September 1, 2011.Lifeguards will be on duty.

Rodanthe-Waves- Salvo Area

Ramps 23, 30, and 34 are open (Note Ramp 27 is closed and Beach is closed 0.1 mile north and south of Ramp 27 for wildlife protection)

Cape Point-Buxton-Hatteras Area

Ramp 44 - Open south to Cape Point and continuing west to 0.5 mile east of Ramp 45.

Ramp 45 - Open

Ramp 49 - Open, there is no thru access between Ramp 49 and 45

Ramp 55 - Open to Hatteras Inlet

Ocracoke Area (are beaches by closed ramps open to pedestrians)

Ramp 67 - Open to 1m north and 0.6m south

Ramp 70 - Open to 0.3m south of Ramp 72

Ramp 72 - Open

Other Park Facilities

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial are open and have resumed normal hours of operation.

Bodie Island Lighthouse and facilities.All park facilities on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands remain closed.(Note - this includes airports)

94 National Park Service staff from 26 parks in 13 states across the country have been mobilized as part of this emergency response to support assessment of damage to park facilities and resources and assist in reopening remaining facilities as safely and quickly as possible.

Damages confirmed so far to park and concession/permitted service providers in the Outer Banks National Parks include damaged rooftops, water intrusion either through flooding or roof leakage in numerous facilities, scattered debris and tree limbs, and missing or damaged boardwalks, signs, posts and fencing materials. Resource advisors are in the field assessing natural and cultural resource impacts as well.

For more information, contact 252-473-2111.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

Ocracoke Inlet was one of the most heavily traveled inlets in the 1700s.

In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.