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During the month of August, park visitors will experience a shift in the resource protection areas as birds fledge and sea turtle nests hatch. The Park continues to operate and manage access under the Interim Strategy guidance. Beach Access is open as described below.
National Seashore beaches and inlets experience varying degrees of erosion and notable high tides and travel may be limited during high wind/tide conditions. Knowledge of tidal changes and caution should be exercised while traveling the beaches of the park. Peak season and visitation to park beaches requires extra precautionary measures. Please be aware the speed limit on all beaches is 25 mph and travel in areas with high concentrations of people and vehicles may require lower speeds. Use caution! Pets MUST be kept on a 6’ leash at all times.
The Park Beach Access Report is complemented weekly with the Park Resource Management Field Summary.
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Bodie Island District (Coquina Beach to Ramp 27)
There are approximately 16.5 miles of ocean shoreline in the Bodie Island District (excluding Pea Island). 15.6 miles are open to pedestrians and 10.3 miles are open for ORV access.
Ramp 1 - Ramp 2 (Coquina Beach Area)
A SEASONAL beach closure is 1.6 miles long and went into effect May 15. The beach from the south boundary of the Town of Nags Head to Coquina Beach is closed to ORV access but remains open for pedestrian access.
Ramp 2 - Ramp 4 to Bodie Island Spit
The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline for 1.5 miles south of Ramp 4 and 2.2 miles north of Ramp 4. Some areas may experience access limitations during extreme high tides or winds.
A RESOURCE protection area is established on Green Island for American Oystercatcher and nesting Least Tern nests/colony. The American Oystercatcher chicks have fledged. The island is still closed to landing while nesting activity is in progress.
Ramp 23 - Ramp 27 (4.3 miles):
A RESOURCE protection area exist 0.1 of a mile north of Ramp 27 for a turtle nest which is within the hatch window date. This full beach closure is approximately 350 feet wide.
The Hatteras District has a total distance of 31.9 miles of ocean shoreline. There are approximately 28.9 miles open to pedestrians and approximately 13.5 miles of beach are open for ORV access. ORV use is restricted by 11.4 miles of SEASONAL and SAFETY closures. Approximately 2.6 miles are closed due to full beach RESOURCE protection closures.
Ramp 27 - Ramp 30 (2.2 miles):
Beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline for 0.1 mile south of Ramp 27 and for 1.9 miles north of Ramp 30. A full beach closure exist 0.1 mile south of Ramp 27. There is no through ORV or pedestrian access through the RESOURCE protection closures.
A RESOURCE protection area 0.3 mile south of Ramp 27 has been removed.
A RESOURCE protection area north of Ramp 30 has been removed.
Beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline for 4.3 miles between Ramp 30 and Ramp 34.
A RESOURCE protection area exists 4.1 miles south of Ramp 30 (or 0.1 mile north of Ramp 34) has been removed.
Ramp 34 - Ramp 38 (4.0 miles):
Currently, there is no through access for ORVs from Ramp 34 to Ramp 38. Pedestrian access is open.
The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access for 1.3 miles south of Ramp 38. Currently there is no through access for ORVs between Ramp 38 and Ramp 43. Pedestrian access is open.
The beach is open for ORV and pedestrian access along the ocean shoreline to Cape Point.
Ramp 44 - Ramp 49 (3.6 miles: includes Ramp 45):
The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access from Ramp 44 south to Cape Point and from the Cape Point end of the closure south/west for approximately 0.4 mile, where there is full beach closure due to a Resource protection area. The full beach closure extends to Ramp 45 and is 0.9 miles in length. The Interdunal Road between Ramps 44 and 45 is open. Salt Pond Road is closed due to a Resource protection area. There is currently no through access between Ramp 45 and Ramp 49.
ORV and pedestrian access is open to Cape Point from Ramps 43 and 44, and south/west from the Cape Point end of the closure along the shoreline for approximately 0.1 mile to where a RESOURCE protection area begins.
The Interdunal Road is open to ORV and pedestrian access between Ramps 44 and 45. Salt Pond Road is closed due to a RESOURCE protection area (described above). There is currently no through access between Ramps 45 and 49 due to two full beach closures, each approximately 600 feet in length, for American Oystercatcher chicks and a least tern colony.
A RESOURCE protection area, 1.8 miles north of Ramp 49, was established on June 21, 2007 for Least Tern colony hatchlings. The closure is 0.3 mile in length and is a full beach closure with no ORV or pedestrian access. As of August 2, there are Least Tern hatchlings and fledgings in this closure.
A RESOURCE protection area (pre-nesting area) at the southern end of the spit has been removed. ORV access is open on both the ocean shoreline and sound shoreline almost to the Rip; however, an ORV SAFETY CLOSURE exists due to narrow sections of beach north of the Rip on both sides. Pedestrian access is open around the entire tip of the inlet from oceanside to soundside. The area continues to be evaluated for re-opening to ORV use as soon as reliable access on the oceanside at high tide permits safe travel through to the soundside.
The Ocracoke Island District has a total of 16.5 miles of ocean shoreline. There are 16.2 miles open to pedestrians and approximately 7.8 miles are open to ORV access. ORV use is restricted by approximately 8.7 miles of SAFETY and SEASONAL closures and approximately 0.5 mile is restricted by a RESOURCE protection area.
Ramp 59 - Ramp 67 (7.8 miles):
ORV and pedestrian access is open north of Ramp 59 and 1.0 mile south of Ramp 59 where a SAFETY Closure begins. There is no through ORV access from Ramp 59 to Ramp 67. Pedestrian access is open.
Ramp 67 - Ramp 70 (3.8 miles; includes Ramp 68) :
The beach is open to pedestrian access from Ramp 67 to Ramp 70. There no through access for ORVs between Ramps 67 and 70.
The SEASONAL closure was established on May 15, 2007 in front of the lifeguarded beach/campground extends from .05 mile south of Ramp 67 to 0.25 miles north of Ramp 70. This section of beach, approximately 3.3 miles in length, and closes Ramp 68 an d is closed to ORV access but remains open for pedestrian access.
The beach is open to ORV and pedestrian access from Ramp 70 south along ocean shoreline, for approximately 0.4 of a mile where a RESOURCE shoreline protection area begins. An access corridor is open to ORV and pedestrians on the upper beach and access is open to South Point. Due to high tides and erosion from numerous northeast winds, access to South Point of Ocracoke may not be accessible at high tide.
Temporary resource protection areas are necessary to protect threatened and endangered species and species of concern including Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Colonial Waterbirds (Terns and Skimmers), and sea turtles. Posted areas are closed to vehicles, pedestrians and pets.