New Off Road Vehicle Regulations
New off road vehicle (ORV) regulations are now in effect. Please check here for information on how to get your ORV permit More »
Beach Fire Permits are required
Beach Fire Permits are now required. These permits are free. Please check here for information on how to get your Beach Fire Permit More »
Seashore Colonial Waterbird Prenesting Areas Established for 2012 Shorebird Breeding Season
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
As described in Table 10-1 of the Final Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan (plan) for Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore), National Park Service (NPS) Resources Management staff have installed prenesting areas for colonial waterbirds (CWBs) by April 15, 2012.The prenesting closure areas are based on the recent breeding history of the respective protected species at the Seashore and the actual habitat conditions observed during the annual assessment.The 2012 breeding habitat assessment and prenesting maps are posted on the NPS PEPC website under the Document List for the ORV Management Plan/EIS and Rulemaking project at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/parkHome.cfm?parkID=358
CWB prenesting areas have been installed at the following locations:
Site-specific restrictions are posted at each location and on-site signage, rather than the Weekly Beach Access Summary or Google Earth map described below, is the most accurate and up-to-date indication of access status.
As a reminder, an ORV special use permit is required to use the designated ORV routes. ORV permits are available at the following locations: Coquina Beach, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center (Buxton), and the Ocracoke Visitor Center. The permit offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., year-round, seven days a week, except Christmas Day, with expanded hours on weekends and holidays during the summer season.The cost of an annual permit (valid for the calendar year) is $120.A 7-day ORV permit (valid from the date issued) costs $50.Failure to obtain a permit is a petty offense under Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations.Persons cited for violating the permit requirement have the option of paying the $150.00 fine by mail or appearing in U.S. District Court.
The Seashore's interactive Google Earth map has been updated to reflect these changes. The map is available on-line at:http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm
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.