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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

NPS Announces Cape Point Closure

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Date: April 14, 2009
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

Acting Park Superintendent Paul Stevens announced the temporary ORV access closure of the popular Cape Point area in accordance with the requirements of the consent decree.

 

On April 14, 2009, approximately 0.2 of a mile south of Ramp 44 along the ocean shoreline, National Park Service staff observed American Oystercatcher breeding behavior which resulted in the closure.  The width of the beach is very narrow in the area commonly known as “the bypass” and the required consent decree buffer of 150-meters to the north and south resulted in a full beach closure.  There currently is not an alternative ORV access route to Cape Point. 

 

For more information on beach access, see:

http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/off-road-vehicle-use.htm or call 252-473-2111 ext. 148.

 

Did You Know?

This artist's rendering shows the U.S.S. Monitor foundering in a storm off of Cape Hatteras in December 1862.

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.