• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

National Park Service Beach Access Report Update for June 27 2008

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Date: June 30, 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?

A navigational chart showing Cape Hatteras and Diamond Shoals

When the Home sank on Diamond Shoals off of Cape Hatteras in 1837, there were only two life jackets for all 130 people on board. Ninety people died. Congress passed the Steamboat Act the next year, requiring all vessels to carry one life jacket per passenger.