Cape Point is Open

July 27, 2017 Posted by: Michael Barber
Cape Point remains open to both ORVs and pedestrians from beach access ramps 43 and 44 in Buxton. Please be aware that high tides will occur at 11:22 am and 11:32 pm and the beachfront will likely be impassable around these times. The later high tide will make exiting the beach by 9:00 pm easier than the last few days. Please remember that airing down ORV tires to less than 20 psi (15 psi is recommended) prior to entering the beach is essential to successful and safe beach driving. Unless beach access in the Cape Point area is modified over the next few days, this is my last regular update. Please continue to refer to tide charts when planning your trip to the Point.

In case you didn’t know, except for a brief interruption to allow the U.S. Navy to remove a World War II-era training ordnance, Cape Point has remained open to ORVs for one full year. The last resource protection area to impact ORV access to the Point was removed on the morning of July 27, 2016.

Night driving at Priority ORV ramps transitions from a 6:00 am opening time to a 6:30 am opening time on August 1st. You can learn more about night driving on priority and non-priority ramps at


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Last updated: July 27, 2017

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