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    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

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September 11, 2014
Night Driving Routes Reopen to ORV Use on September 15
Acting Superintendent Kym Hall announces that on Monday, September 15 (at midnight) ORV routes in Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) will reopen to night driving where no turtle nests remain or to the first posted closure in that route.

September 03, 2014
NPS Announces Opening of New ORV Ramp 25
Outer Banks Group Acting Superintendent Kym Hall is pleased to announce the September 11th opening of the newly constructed Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Ramp 25, located south of the village of Salvo and north of the village of Avon.

August 26, 2014
Cape Point Reopens to ORV Access
Acting Superintendent Kym Hall announced today the reopening of the east side of Cape Point in Cape Hatteras National Seashore near Buxton, NC to off-road vehicle (ORV) access effective immediately.

August 25, 2014
Fall Program Schedule Announced for Seashore
National Park Service Outer Banks Group (Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site) fall program season will run from Tuesday, September 2 through Monday, October 13, 2014.

August 19, 2014
National Park Service Founders Day - August 25
Monday, August 25, 2014 is National Park Service Founders Day and Acting Superintendent Kym Hall invites the public to experience their national parks here on the Outer Banks; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial.

August 01, 2014
August Full Moon Lighthouse Tours
Grab your flashlight and experience a lighthouse at night by joining the National Park Service on a Full Moon Climb at the Cape Hatteras or Bodie Island Lighthouse on Sunday, August 10, 2014.

July 28, 2014
Sea Turtle Nest Excavation Program Begins
Each spring and summer female sea turtles--loggerhead, green, and occasional leatherback--make a brief trip to the shores of Cape Hatteras National Seashore to nest.

July 28, 2014
Park Celebrates Lighthouse Day
The National Park Service will be celebrating National Lighthouse Day at Cape Hatteras National Seashore with special programs.

July 18, 2014
Parks Create Economic Windfall for Communities
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2013 shows that over 2.9 million visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial spent more than $172 million in communities in and around the parks. This spending supported approximately 2,401 jobs in the local area.

July 16, 2014
NPS Improvements to Silver Lake Docks
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that National Park Service (NPS) contract crew, Team Henry Enterprise, LLC, has completed repair work on the NPS Ocracoke pier and docks in Silver Lake, damaged during Hurricane Sandy, and the area is open for use to the general public.

July 08, 2014
July Full Moon Tours Offered at Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island Lighthouses
Grab your flashlight and experience a lighthouse at night by joining the National Park Service on a Full Moon Climb at the Cape Hatteras or Bodie Island Lighthouse on Saturday, July 12, 2014.

July 06, 2014
Park Facilities and Services Resume Normal Schedules
The Outer Banks Group of national parks, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, have resumed normal operations with the exception of Ocracoke Campground which expects to reopen at 5:00 p.m. today, July 6, 2014.

July 05, 2014
Parks Begin to Reopen on Limited Basis
The Outer Banks Group of national parks, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, today begin the process of returning to normal operations in many areas of the parks.

July 02, 2014
NPS Facilities Close Due to Threat of TS Arthur
The Outer Banks Group National Parks, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial, has begun the initial implementation of the Park’s Hurricane Plan in anticipation of the approach of Tropical Storm Arthur.

June 25, 2014
Shorebird Protection Area Modified Near Avon
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today a modification management activity for a shorebird protection area adjacent to private homes at the north end of the village of Avon.

June 24, 2014
Ramp 44 Reopens to ORV Access
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today the reopening of the popular off-road vehicle Ramp 44 in the Buxton area of Cape Hatteras National Seashore this morning, June 24, 2014.

June 11, 2014
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Paint Project Completed
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse recently received a fresh coat of exterior paint making this iconic beacon stand out even more boldly against the surrounding green backdrop of oak, pine and wax myrtle vegetation.

June 09, 2014
Seashore Participates in Monofilament Recycling Stations
A new partnership between Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) and Cape Lookout Studies was recently established with the installation of three monofilament recycling stations on Hatteras Island.

June 04, 2014
Full Moon Climbs Offered at Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island Lighthouse June 13
Grab your flashlight and experience a lighthouse at night by joining the National Park Service on a Full Moon Climb at the Cape Hatteras or Bodie Island Lighthouse on Friday, June 13, 2014.

May 29, 2014
World Oceans Day is June 8th
National Park Service Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble invites the public to experience the great ocean resources at Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Sunday, June 8, 2014 in celebration of World Oceans Day.

May 29, 2014
Ramp 43 Reopens to ORV and Pedestrian Access
National Park Service Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today the reopening of Ramp 43 to Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) and pedestrian access.

May 16, 2014
2014 Lifeguard Services Begin May 24
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s (Seashore) summer lifeguard operation and services will begin Saturday, May 24, 2014 and continue through Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014. The three guarded Seashore beaches include Coquina Beach, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse beach, and Ocracoke Day Use Area. The hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week.

May 16, 2014
Summer Hours and Programs Begin May 23
Summer is almost upon us and the National Park Service Outer Banks Group is ready with a summer schedule full of a variety of programs for park visitors, including history talks, nature walks, recreational programs, and a multitude of children’s programs. The summer schedule runs from May 23 – September 1, 2014.

May 07, 2014
Full Moon Tours Begin for Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island Lighthouses
Grab your flashlight and experience a lighthouse at night by joining the National Park Service on a Full Moon Climb at the Cape Hatteras or Bodie Island Lighthouse on Wed, May 14, 2014.

May 05, 2014
Deputy Superintendent Selected
Superintendent Barclay Trimble is pleased to announce that Mark Dowdle will be joining the park’s management team as the new Deputy Superintendent for the National Park Service (NPS) Outer Banks Group.

April 30, 2014
Night Beach Driving Restrictions Take Effect May 1
Superintendent Barclay Trimble reminds park visitors that night beach driving restrictions for Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) use on Seashore ocean beaches go into effect Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.

April 24, 2014
2014 Spring Program Schedule Announced
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will run spring programs from Monday, April 28, through Thursday, May 22, 2014.

April 16, 2014
Construction Projects Begin or Near Completion in Seashore
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that DOT Construction/Barnhill Contracting Company has begun the construction project for the new designated Ramp 25 (located east of Rt. 12, between Ramp 23 and Ramp 27 on Hatteras Island) for off-road vehicle (ORV) and pedestrian access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches.

April 14, 2014
National Park Week is April 19 - 27 2014
During this year’s National Park Week, April 19-27, Superintendent Barclay Trimble invites the public to experience their national parks across the country, and those here on the Outer Banks.

April 14, 2014
Park Plans Prescribed Burn on Bodie Island
As part of the Outer Banks Group Fire Management Plan, a prescribed burn could be conducted during the week of April 14, 2014 in the Bodie Island District of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

April 10, 2014
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Volunteers Commended
This National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, the National Park Service commends Volunteers Richard and Kay Gordon, winter stewards of the Cape Hatteras Light Station for nearly ten years.

April 08, 2014
NPS Commends Ocracoke Volunteer Sherry Atkinson
This National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, the National Park Service commends Volunteer Sherry Atkinson, a caretaker of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Ocracoke ponies.

April 03, 2014
Park Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Week
During National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group celebrates the volunteers that work at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. This past year, these volunteers donated a total of 18,982 hours!

April 02, 2014
Cape Point Temporarily Closes to ORV Access for Shorebird Breeding
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today the temporary off-road vehicle (ORV) access closure of Cape Point area in accordance with the requirements of the ORV Management Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

April 01, 2014
Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses Open on April 18
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses will open for the season on Friday, April 18, 2014.

March 18, 2014
Know Your Park Presentations are Rescheduled on March 26 and 27
The National Park Service Outer Banks Group Know Your Park citizen science program series continues this spring with this upcoming rescheduled presentation.

March 11, 2014
Prenesting Areas Established for 2014 Shorebird Breeding Season
Between January 28 and February 8, 2014, National Park Service (NPS) Resources Management staff conducted annual assessments of breeding habitat for piping plover (PIPL), Wilson’s plover (WIPL), American oystercatcher (AMOY), and colonial waterbirds (CWBs).

March 03, 2014
Economic Benefits of Parks to Surrounding Communities
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,050,689 visitors to the Outer Banks Group (Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial), spent $175,341.2 million in communities near the parks. That spending supported 2,469 jobs in the local area.

March 03, 2014
NPS Recruits Bodie Island Lighthouse Volunteers
The National Park Service is currently accepting applications from members of the local communities to volunteer at the Bodie Island Lighthouse and assist with tour operations during the 2014 season.

February 27, 2014
Improvements to Ocracoke Facilities Begin
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that National Park Service (NPS) contract crew, Team Henry Enterprise, LLC, has begun repair work on the NPS Ocracoke pier and docks in Silver Lake which were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

February 20, 2014
Park Offers Temporary Route for Weekend Closure of NC12
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) will offer a temporary route for off-road vehicles (ORVs) on the weekend of February 28, 2014, as a detour to a North Carolina Dept. of Transportation’s (NCDOT) culvert replacement project and temporary closure of NC 12 in the village of Frisco.

February 20, 2014
Know Your Park Series Continues Feb 26 and 27
The National Park Service Outer Banks Group invites the public to a Know Your Park citizen education program presentation Sargassum on the Edge of the Gulf Stream, by Dr. Lindsay Dubbs.

February 06, 2014
2014 Cape Hatteras National Seashore Campground Season
Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that Oregon Inlet, Frisco, and Ocracoke Campgrounds will open to the public on Friday, April 18, 2014.

January 28, 2014
Outer Banks Group parks Closed Due to Winter Storm
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning and a Wind Advisory in effect for the region affecting the Outer Banks Group units, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial, by mid- afternoon on Tuesday, January 28.

January 27, 2014
Prescribed Burn Planned in February on Bodie Island District
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that shortly after February 17, 2014, weather and conditions permitting, National Park Service fire management staff, as part of the Outer Banks Group Fire Management Plan, could conduct prescribed burning on Bodie Island within Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

January 17, 2014
Know Your Park Science Programs Continue
The National Park Service Outer Banks Group Know Your Park citizen science program series continues this winter with upcoming scheduled presentations.

January 15, 2014
Ocracoke Soundside Boat Ramp Repairs Begin
Superintendent Barclay Trimble announced today that repairs of the Ocracoke soundside boat ramp begin the week of January 13, 2014.

Did You Know?

The Hatteras Island Weather Station is one of only three remaining weather stations in the country.

The U.S. Weather Bureau Station on Hatteras Island was built in 1901 and was one of 11 stations built around the country. It is one of only three remaining stations nationwide, and the only one in the nation restored to its 1901 condition. The station was reopened in 2007 to house a visitor center.