NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SITES REOPENED
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
Following the uneventful passage of Tropical Storm Gabrielle, National Park Service facilities reopened for normal operations today. Three National Park Service Campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco and Oregon Inlet, reopened at noon on Monday, September 10, 2007 for business as usual. Cape Point Campground is closed for the season. In addition, many commercial campgrounds in the Outer Banks area remain open.
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse reopened on Monday, September 10, 2007, at the normal time; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center and gates opened as well on Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. and the park is open daily until 5:00 p.m.
In some areas park visitors may still experience strong surf and rip current conditions in the ocean waters which pose a danger to swimmers. Use extreme caution when re-entering the water or driving on National Seashore beaches.
The following National Park Service concessions and partners are open for business as usual: the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Avon Fishing Pier, Frisco Fishing Pier, the Lost Colony and Elizabethan Gardens.
For more information on North Carolina and Virginia Highway road conditions check the following websites:
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.