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Contact: Daniel Vandzura, 252-475-9010
With Tropical Storm Colin now moving off the Outer Banks, National Park Service facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore are starting to reopen. Rainfall from Tropical Storm Colin, combined with historic rainfall over the past month has flooded multiple sites within the seashore.
Facilities: The Ocracoke Visitor Center, Ocracoke Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Permit Office, Bodie Island Visitor Center, Bodie Island ORV Permit Office, and Bodie Island Lighthouse are now reopened.
The Hatteras Island Visitor Center, Hatteras Island ORV Permit Office, and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse remain temporarily closed due to flooding in that area. Staff will continue to assess the area and reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. Visitors looking to purchase an ORV permit may do so online at recreation.gov.
Beach Access Ramps: The condition of beach access ramps continues to be assessed. Flooding has been extensive on multiple ramps. ORV permit holders should check for posted temporary closure signs before entering any ramp. ORV permit holders should use best judgment when accessing any open ramp. Daily ramp status updates are available on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facebook page at https://facebook.com/capehatterasns.
Campgrounds: The Oregon Inlet, Frisco, and Ocracoke campgrounds are currently open; however, some campsites are flooded. Check recreation.gov for availability. Campsites will reopen daily as conditions improve.
Cape Point Campground is temporarily closed due to flooded conditions and will reopen as conditions improve.