NPS Implements Annual Seasonal ORV Closures on May 15
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
Superintendent Mike Murray announced the annual seasonal closures of village beaches to off-road vehicle (ORV) use within the National Seashore will go into effect at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2011. In addition, the beach driving speed limit is reduced from 25 mph to 15 mph in all locations open to ORV use, unless otherwise posted, from May 15 – September 15. The ORV closures are established in village beach areas that receive heavy pedestrian use, including areas adjacent to Coquina Beach and the villages of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. "These closures provide for the safety of all beach users and minimize user conflicts in congested areas during the busy summer season," said Superintendent Murray.
The seasonally closed areas are identified by signs at both ends of the area and on maps available for viewing at the offices of the Superintendent and each District Ranger station and on the Seashore's website at: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/off-road-vehicle-use.htm. To ensure a safe visit for everyone, visitors are reminded to keep dogs on leashes and pack in/pack out all trash. Swimmers should be aware of rough surf conditions and the potential for rip currents. Fireworks are not permitted on National Seashore beaches.
The ORV closures apply to the following areas:
For more information on beach access, see the weekly Beach Access Reports or Google Earth map posted on the Seashore's website or call 252-473-2111 ext. 148.
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.