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 »
Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center Closed Due to Fire Damage
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
Superintendent Mike Murray announced today the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center will be closed until further notice. A mid-morning fire in an air handling unit motor at the facility was extinguished and there were no injuries reported. All staff and park visitors were evacuated from the building. The Kill Devil Hills and Colington Fire Departments responded.
The park, including the Wright Brothers Pavilion with interpretive exhibits, remains open to visitors. The building where the fire occurred will require clean up and repair of damage and debris and a thorough assessment of the condition of cultural artifacts. The building is expected to be reopened in several days.
Did You Know?
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.