New Off Road Vehicle Regulations
New off road vehicle (ORV) regulations are now in effect. Please check here for information on how to get your ORV permit More »
Beach Fire Permits are required
Beach Fire Permits are now required. These permits are free. Please check here for information on how to get your Beach Fire Permit More »
National Park Service Beach Access Report Update for June 27 2008
On Friday, June 27, 2008, a resource protection area 1.2 south of Ramp 55 was removed after no American Oystercatcher breeding activity had been observed in two weeks. The removal reopens 1 mile of ocean shoreline for ORV and pedestrian access and reopens the Pole Road to Cable Crossing and to the Spur Road for ORV and pedestrian access to the limited soundside shoreline. Hatteras Inlet is experiencing high erosion on the shorelines and beaches in this area are very narrow. Visitors may also access the soundside shoreline by boat. There currently is no ORV or pedestrian access to "the Rip" due to the prenesting area. The protection area is clearly marked with signs and posts.
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.