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Acting Superintendent Kym Hall announced today the reopening of the east side of Cape Point in Cape Hatteras National Seashore near Buxton, NC to off-road vehicle (ORV) access effective immediately.The sea turtle nest previously restricting ORV access was excavated and the protection area removed this morning, August 26.The area is now open to ORV traffic from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. daily.The Bypass road is also open.Motorists should be watchful when passing a second sea turtle nest located 0.5 of a mile south of Ramp 44 with an ORV corridor behind the nest.
From May 1 –November 15, ORV traffic is allowed to utilize the beaches from 7:00 a.m. –9:00 p.m., and night driving is prohibited from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.The exception is from September 16 –November 15, ORV routes will reopen to night driving when no turtle nests remain on that route, or portion of that route.
The pre-nesting area west of Cape Point remains in effect and is posted as closed to vehicles, pedestrians and pets.
For up-to-date information on currently open or closed areas, check the Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Google Earth maps at:https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm