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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Piping Plover Nest Hatches Closing Cape Point

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Date: May 14, 2012
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

The National Park Service announces that the first piping plover nest of the season has hatched at Cape Point, resulting in the temporary closure of the area from Ramp 43 south to the tip of Cape Point.Effective Saturday, May 12, 2012, Ramp 44 is closed and ORV and pedestrian access is prohibited beyond that point.In addition, Ramp 45 and the Interdunal Road are closed to ORV and pedestrian access.Ramp 43 remains open with ORV and pedestrian access 0.4 of a mile north.

For information on areas within the Seashore that remain open for recreational uses, see:

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

-NPS-

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.