Ocracoke Island Visitor Center Open
Contact: GENERAL PARK INFORMATION, 252-473-2111
Contact: Hurricane Park Recovery Information, 252-473-2111 x154
Ocracoke Island Visitor Center and Other Park Facilities Open
Manteo, North Carolina: Superintendent Mike Murray announces additional areas of the park have reopened in Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. Hatteras Islands remains open to residents only due to damage to roads and other infrastructure in this area. Ocracoke Island Visitor Center and other visitor facilities are open to residents, and visitors beginning September 8. For updated beach access information for the park see the latest Google Earth beach access maps: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm.
**Note: During and immediately after a storm, or storm conditions, park visitors may encounter ORV access ramps, interdunal roads and beaches that are temporarily closed areas due to flooding. Extreme caution should be used while traveling in the park until the storm passes and weather conditions improve. It is important to be aware of tidal changes.
The following areas and/or ramps are open to off road vehicles (ORV)
Bodie Island Oregon Inlet Area
Rodanthe-Waves- Salvo Area
Cape Point- Buxton- Hatteras Area
Other Park Facilities
Billy Mitchell Airport on Hatteras Island remains closed. Ocracoke Island airport is open.
172 National Park Service staff from over 29 parks in 20 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 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.