Welcome to the Cape Chronicle blog. Here you will find Cape Hatteras National Seashore resource management and off-road vehicle management updates, interpretive information, and employee-submitted articles. If you are looking for current beach access ramp conditions, please visit http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess.
July 2018 was the wettest month in the Buxton/Frisco area since June 1949! After receiving 20.31 inches of rain last month, it is pretty safe to say that nobody on Hatteras Island, or anywhere on the Outer Banks, will be saying “we need the rain” any time soon.
Welcome to the first issue of Cape Chronicle! Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area became the Nation’s first National Seashore when it was established on January 12, 1953. Now, the Nation’s first Seashore has its first email newsletter! We look forward to providing regular updates on all of our recreational activities, along with interpretive programming schedules, safety information, and various other topics of interest.
On August 18, 1899, Surfman Rasmus Midgett of the US Life-Saving Service left on patrol from the Gull Shoals Life-Saving Station (between the villages of Salvo and Avon) and came upon the Priscilla, a distressed vessel washed ashore in the wake of the San Ciriaco hurricane.
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.
To help protect nesting sea turtles and sea turtle hatchlings, night driving restrictions at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) go into effect on all designated off-road vehicle (ORV) routes and ramps starting Monday, May 1, 2017.
Cultural Resource Manager Jami Lanier and Volunteer Doug Stover cleaned the Bodie Island Lighthouse lens on April 18. Fall and spring are optimal times to clean the lens, before and after the busy tourist season and also when the sun isn't too strong. Tuesday proved to be a good morning for cleaning the lens since it was overcast.
An interesting color palette greeted visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the 1950s and 1960s. National Park Service buildings on the Seashore were painted in popular pastel colors of the time.
On Tuesday, January 17, Cape Hatteras National Seashore started work on the Cape Point bypass extension. This project will extend the existing Cape Point bypass extension north towards Ramp 44 about 0.4 mile and then south until the dunes disappear, about another 600 feet.
On March 13, 1956, the National Park Service awarded a construction contract for the Coquina Beach facilities to Daniels Building Supply and Shanaberger Lumber Company of Nags Head. They completed the project in October 1956. Closed during construction, Coquina Beach and its "ultra-modern designed sunshades" opened in the spring of 1957.
On Saturday December 10, 2016, Cape Hatteras National Seashore participated in OBXmas. This regional holiday celebration, in partnership with the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, highlights Hatteras Island community sites, such as the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, and Hatteras Village Christmas Parade.
An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) crew of ten members is currently working at Cape Hatteras National Seashore to clear overgrown vegetation in the Frisco Campground and along the Billy Mitchell Road.
The National Park Service and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) will be conducting a beach cleanup on Saturday, December 3, from 10 am to noon. The cleanup event will begin at the ranger station at the Oregon Inlet Campground.
On August 21, 2016, a female green sea turtle was struck by a vehicle and had to be euthanized due to her severe injuries. Since this was a nesting female, Resource Management (RM) staff took a step further by salvaging all of the eggs that still remained inside of her and relocated these into the the ground in an attempt to mimic a typical green sea turtle nest cavity. A total of 172 eggs were relocated roughly 0.5 miles north of Ramp 32.
Welcome to the Cape Chronicle blog. Here you will find Cape Hatteras National Seashore resource management and off-road vehicle management updates, interpretive information, and employee-submitted articles.