Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beach Access Report for July 7 2011
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
National Park Service Beach Access Report for July 7, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 7, 2011
CONTACT: 252-473-2111, ext. 148
Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches are being managed under the terms of the U.S. District Court approved consent decree. Park visitors can expect to see resource closures for breeding shorebirds in effect to varying degrees from mid-March to mid-to-late-August and sea turtle nesting closures may occur until early November. Shorebird pre-nesting closures have already been established at the inlets, Cape Point, and South Beach. As soon as subsequent breeding activity is observed, the consent decree requires that automatic, non-discretionary buffers be implemented.
As of May 1, 2011, all Seashore beaches are closed to off-road vehicles between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. in accordance with the court-ordered consent decree. The 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. prohibition on beach driving will remain in effect until November 15, 2011.
In addition, the annual seasonal closure of village beaches to off-road vehicle (ORV) use within the National Seashore went into effect at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2011. The beach driving speed limit is reduced from 25 mph to 15 mph in all locations open to ORV use, unless otherwise posted, from May 15 – September 15. The ORV closures are established in village beach areas that receive heavy pedestrian use, including areas adjacent to Coquina Beach and the villages of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.
The Beach Access Report is issued every Thursday throughout the breeding season, and updated news will be reported weekly in bold,
Note: Closure conditions may change in the field on short notice. On-site signage, rather than the Beach Access Report or Google Earth map, is the most accurate and current indication of what is open or closed to the public. Closed areas are clearly marked in the field with “symbolic fencing” consisting of wooden or carsonite posts, closure signs, string, and flagging tape. Knowledge of tidal changes and caution should be exercised while traveling the beaches of the park. Pets are strictly prohibited in resource protection areas. Elsewhere, pets must be physically restrained at all time on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length. For more information, please contact: e-mail us or call 252-473-2111, ext. 148.
Mileage Summary: 2.6 miles open to ORVs and pedestrians; 1.4 miles open to pedestrians only; 0.6 of a mile of limited access; 1.4of a mile closed to public access due to resource closures. Note: Green Island, southwest of Oregon Inlet bridge, is closed to public entry.
Ramp 1 - Ramp 2 (Coquina Beach Area) (1.2 miles)
Status: The beach is open for pedestrian access, but not for ORV access.
Ramp 2 - Ramp 4 (2.4 miles)
Status: Ramp 2 is closed for ORV access. North of Ramp 4, the beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for approximately 2.4 miles.
Status: The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access south of Ramp 4 for approximately 0.3 of a mile. A pedestrian only corridor extends south for an additional 0.2 of a mile of oceanside access. A resource closure on the ocean shoreline precludes ORV and pedestrian access to Oregon Inlet. South of the closure there are two “limited access” areas (south of the resource closure to the inlet and along the western shoreline near the bridge) for a total of approximately 0.6 of a mile for pedestrian only, accessible by boat.
Mileage Summary: 15.3 miles open to ORVs and pedestrians; 17.6 miles open to pedestrians only; 2.2 miles of “limited access”; 7.7 miles closed to public access due to resource closures.
Status: The beach in front of the villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo is closed to ORV access. The annual seasonal village closure is in effect from May 15 through September 15, 2011. The beach in front of the villages is open for pedestrian access for 3.0 miles. A resource closure located 0.1 of a mile north of Ramp 23 precludes ORV access to the north.
Status: The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 1.3 miles south of Ramp 23.
Status: Ramp 27 is closed to ORV access and pedestrian access. There is ORV and pedestrian access for 0.6 of a mile north of Ramp 30.
Ramp 30 - Ramp 34: (4.3 miles)
Status: The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 4.3 miles between Ramp 30 and Ramp 34.
Ramp 34 - Ramp 38: (3.9 miles)
Status: The beach in front of Avon Village is closed to ORV access. The annual seasonal village closure is in effect from May 15 through September 15, 2011. The beach in front of Avon Village is open for pedestrian access for 3.9 miles.
Ramp 38 - Ramp 43: (6.0 miles)
Status: The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 0.8 of a mile south of Ramp 38 and 0.4 of a mile north of Ramp 43. There is pedestrian access 1.0 mile north of Buxton Village and from Buxton Village beaches south for approximately 2.8 miles to Ramp 43.
Ramp 43 - Ramp 44: (0.4 of a mile)
Status: The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access south to Ramp 44.
Status: Ramp 44 is open to ORV and pedestrian access south for approximately 0.1 of a mile. A pedestrian only corridor continues south for an additional 0.4 of a mile of oceanside access. The tip of Cape Point remains closed to ORV and pedestrian access. The Interdunal Road and Ramp 45 are open to ORV and pedestrian access. ORV and pedestrian access is open 0.15 of a mile east of Ramp 45. Salt Pond Road is closed.
Status: Ramp 45 is open. There is ORV and pedestrian access 0.3 of a mile west of Ramp 45. There is no through access between Ramp 45 and Ramp 49.
Ramp 49 - Ramp 55: (5.9 miles; includes Sandy Bay soundside parking area)
Status: The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian use for 1.7 miles northeast and 1.2 miles south of Ramp 49. There is pedestrian, but not ORV, access from the Frisco village line to 0.1 of a mile east of Ramp 55.
Ramp 55 - Hatteras Inlet: (Hatteras Inlet Spit: 2.2 miles)
Status: ORV and pedestrian access is open along the ocean shoreline from Ramp 55 south/west for 2.0 miles. The Pole Road is open to ORV and pedestrians. The Spur Road is open to ORV and pedestrians for soundside access. Cable Crossing is open with limited parking for ORVs and soundside access for pedestrians.
Ocracoke Island (20.5 miles of ocean shoreline)
Mileage Summary: 6.2 miles open to ORVs and pedestrians; 7.0 miles open to pedestrians only; 7.3 miles closed to public access due to resource closures.
Hatteras Inlet (North Ocracoke Spit) to Ramp 59: (1.4 miles)
Status: Ramp 59 is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 0.2 of a mile north of the ramp. A resource closure precludes access to North Ocracoke Inlet.
Status: The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 1.0 mile south and 1.1 miles north of Ramp 67 where a full beach closure precludes through ORV and pedestrian access. The beach is open for pedestrian access for 2.7 miles south of Ramp 59 and 3.7 miles north of Ramp 67. A total of approximately 6.4 miles of pedestrian access (via NC 12) is located between the two closures.
Status: The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 1.2 miles between Ramp 67 and Ramp 68. The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access for 0.5 of a mile south of Ramp 68 and ORV access for .04 of a mile north of Ramp 70. There is pedestrian access for 1.6 miles north of Ramp 70 where a resource protection closure precludes through access.
Status: The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access.
Status: The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 0.6 of a mile south of Ramp 72 where a resource protection closure precludes access to the inlet.
Temporary resource protection areas are necessary to protect threatened and endangered species and species of concern including piping plovers, American oystercatchers, colonial waterbirds (3 species of terns and black skimmers), and sea turtles. Posted areas are closed to vehicles, pedestrians, and pets.
Did You Know?
Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.