Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands Remain Closed to General Public - Update
Contact: General Park Information, 252-473-2111
Contact: Hurricane Park Recovery Information, 252-473-2111 x154
Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands remain closed to General Public
Manteo, North Carolina: Superintendent Mike Murray announced although the park has reopened beaches and many ramps along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, access to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands remain open only to residents already on the islands, due to damage to roads and other infrastructure in this area.For updated beach access information for the park see the latest Google Earth beach access maps: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm
The Oregon inlet campground and all other campgrounds remain closed due to damages from Hurricane Irene.
The Wright Brothers National Monument and Fort Raleigh National Historic site are fully reopened.
Coquina Beach and all its facilities has also reopened.
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 m north and south of Ramp 27 for wildlife protection)
Ramp 38 - Open to 1.8 mile south of Ramp 38
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
Ramp 72 - Open to 0.3 mile south of Ramp 72
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)
120 National Park Service staff from 27 parks in 18 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.
Did You Know?
The beaches along Cape Hatteras National Seashore sparkle at night. When you kick the sand, you disturb tiny dinoflagellates like seasparkle, magnified in the picture to the left. A chemical reaction causes them to glow with a blue-green light.