Shoreline closures to motor vehicles are seasonal or temporary with the exception of these permanent closure areas:
In general, the shoreline is open to pedestrians. Exceptions will be posted.
Boaters can expect interior bird closures, signed closed to all entry, at the inlets and points from April 1 to August 31. Boaters are encouraged to land within 0.25 miles of the inlets. This allows pedestrians to walk the inlet shoreline for access to the ocean shoreline.
A map of North and South Core Banks which shows ramps connecting the ocean beach and the backroad is available in the Beach Driving brochure (575 KB).
The annual nesting reports can be found on the Wildlife Management webpage.
South Core Banks
The Coast Guard dock is closed due to hazardous conditions.
Middle Core Banks
Due to inlet locations, Middle Core Banks is closed to motor vehicles.
North Core Banks
All nesting activity has ended for the season: all wildlife closures have been removed.
Information is correct as of November 22, 2013
Did You Know?
Diamond City, a community that once stood on the eastern end of Shackleford Banks, was named after the daymark pattern on the nearby Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Cape Lookout National Seashore