October 20, 2016
Swimming-related fatality occurs off Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches in Buxton
A swimming-related fatality occurred during the afternoon on October 19, 2016 off the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) in the Buxton area.
October 17, 2016
Body of Missing 17-Year-Old Swimmer Found
On October 13, while strong rip currents were impacting the area, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were pulled into the ocean off a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach in Waves, North Carolina. The 16-year-old was able to safely return to the beach and was taken to a hospital via ambulance. The National Park Service, Dare County Emergency Medical Services, and Dare County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the incident, and the United States Coast Guard and Chicamacomico Banks Water Rescue worked together in search efforts for the second boy over multiple operational periods.
October 15, 2016
National Park Service Visitor Services and Facilities Reopening on Ocracoke Island
Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac is happy to announce that the National Park Service visitor center, off-road vehicle permit office, and campground on Ocracoke Island will reopen on Monday, October 17.
October 12, 2016
Dare County Joint Information Center Bulletin No. 13
Based on current conditions, the Dare County Control Group has determined that visitors will be allowed access to the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton beginning 7 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2016.
October 11, 2016
Outer Banks Group visitor services and facilities begin to reopen
Staff at Cape Hatteras National Seashore are currently conducting post-storm assessments and cleanup operations.
October 06, 2016
Majority of National Park Service Visitor Services on the Outer Banks Remain Open Today
Given the current predictions for the track of Hurricane Matthew, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and much of Cape Hatteras National Seashore will remain open today. Due to the continued Hyde County mandatory visitor evacuation of Ocracoke Island, National Park Service (NPS) visitor services on Ocracoke will remain closed today.
October 05, 2016
National Park Service Visitor Services Suspended on Ocracoke Island
The Outer Banks Group continues to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Matthew. Due to Hyde County’s mandatory visitor evacuation of Ocracoke Island starting at 5:00 am today, National Park Service (NPS) visitor services on Ocracoke will be fully suspended by the end of today.
October 04, 2016
Body of missing swimmer found south of Ramp 23
On October 2, a 55 year old male was caught in a rip current and pulled into the ocean off a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach in Salvo.
October 04, 2016
Outer Banks Group Prepares for Hurricane Matthew
The Outer Banks Group is closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Matthew. As of 8:00 am today, regional forecasts show that Hurricane Matthew is projected to approach and impact the Outer Banks at the end of this week. Park staff at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are currently preparing for potential storm impacts.
September 20, 2016
National Park Service Announces Agenda for Upcoming Science Workshop
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) will conduct a science workshop to evaluate factors affecting shorebirds and sea turtles on Seashore beaches. The workshop will take place from September 26-27, 2016 at: Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront, 1701 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948.
September 09, 2016
Two swimming-related fatalities occur off Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches in Rodanthe
Two swimming-related fatalities occurred off Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches this afternoon.
September 08, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore to initiate public scoping period for flood mitigation planning in the Buxton and Frisco areas
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) will initiate a public scoping period and hold two public meetings in October to obtain feedback and ideas from the public regarding Seashore areas that experience flooding near Buxton and Frisco.
September 07, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Hosts Deaf Awareness Education Days
On September 18 and 19, 2016, Cape Hatteras National Seashore will celebrate Deaf Awareness Week by hosting deaf awareness educational programs presented by North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac invites the public to participate in these events to learn about the issues the deaf population faces every day to honor its history and culture. All events are free of charge.
September 04, 2016
Outer Banks Group Facilities Reopening after Closure from Tropical Storm Hermine
National Park Service facilities on the Outer Banks are reopening after closure from Tropical Storm Hermine.
September 03, 2016
Outer Banks Group to Begin Reopening of Facilities and Services on September 4
Facilities and services at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will begin to reopen Sunday, September 4, post Tropical Storm Hermine.
September 02, 2016
Outer Banks Group to Temporarily Suspend Visitor Services Ahead of Tropical Storm Hermine
Due to potential impacts from Tropical Storm Hermine, visitor services and facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial, will be temporarily suspended.
September 01, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitor Services Suspended on Ocracoke Island
Due to Hyde County's mandatory visitor evacuation of Ocracoke Island, all Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) visitor services on the island are suspended and facilities are closed. This includes the Seashore's campground, visitor center and bookstore, the lighthouse, all beach access ramps and off-road vehicle routes on Ocracoke Island. These closures are effective at 5:00 p.m. today.
September 01, 2016
Outer Banks Group Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass
The Outer Banks Group, which includes Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial, encourages all fourth graders to visit these national parks this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program.
September 01, 2016
Outer Banks Group Preparing for Tropical Storm Hermine
Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to impact Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial tomorrow evening through Saturday evening. Regional forecasts show that the storm could produce tropical storm force winds and five to ten inches of rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding and persistent flooding of roadways, parking areas, and campgrounds. Other impacts associated with this tropical storm are strong rip currents, beach erosion, downed trees, and scattered power outages.
August 31, 2016
National Park Service to Hold Science Workshop
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) will conduct a science workshop to evaluate factors affecting shorebirds and sea turtles on Seashore beaches. The workshop will take place from September 26-27, 2016 at: Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront, 1701 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948. A draft agenda will be circulated approximately one week ahead of the workshop.
August 29, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Prepares for Tropical Storm Conditions
Tropical Depression Eight is predicted to become a Tropical Storm early Tuesday morning and impact Cape Hatteras National Seashore over the next 24 to 48 hours. Regional forecasts show that the impacts may include 40-50 mph winds, beach erosion, strong rip currents, and the threat of localized flash flooding with rainfall amounts of 1 to 5 inches possible.
August 24, 2016
National Park Service Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coin
It's the centennial year for the National Park Service and the agency invites people of all ages to discover the national parks in their community through volunteerism. Volunteers who contribute 201.6 hours of service between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016 can earn a Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coin. Will you accept this volunteer challenge?
August 22, 2016
Public Comment Period Opens on Proposed Revision to Existing Special Regulation for Off-Road Vehicle Use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore
The National Park Service (NPS) is inviting the public to comment on a revision to the rules for off-road vehicle (ORV) use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The proposal has been published in the Federal Register, and the public has 60 days to review it and submit comments.
August 21, 2016
Nesting Sea Turtle Found Severely Injured on Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beach
On the morning of Sunday, August 21, Cape Hatteras National Seashore personnel found a severely injured sea turtle on the beach approximately 0.66 miles north of Ramp 32. The sea turtle, identified as a threatened species Green sea turtle (chelonia mydas), is believed to have come onto the beach some time in the evening, or night, of August 20 in order to lay a nest in the sand. Turtle tracks led from the ocean to the nesting site approximately twenty feet above the high tide line in an off-road vehicle travel area. The turtle had begun to lay eggs into a nest dug into the sand when it is believed, based on significant evidence found at the scene, that a motor vehicle struck and ran over the nesting turtle. The incident was not reported by the involved party.
August 16, 2016
Special Programs Offered on the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service
Thursday, August 25, 2016 is National Park Service Founders Day and the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service! Superintendent David Hallac invites the public to experience their national park sites on the Outer Banks; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Special Founders Day programs will be offered at each site, and entrance to Wright Brothers National Memorial will be free August 25–28.
August 15, 2016
Beware of rip current dangers off Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras National Seashore wishes to remind the public of the dangers that rip currents pose to visitors along the Seashore. Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore that quickly pull swimmers out to sea, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, rip currents account for more than 80% of rescues performed by surf beach lifeguards. Sadly, this summer, three swimming-related fatalities have occurred off Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches.
August 11, 2016
Sea Turtle Nesting Record Surpassed at Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Each spring and summer female sea turtles--loggerhead, green, and occasional leatherback or Kemp’s ridley--make a brief trip to the shores of Cape Hatteras National Seashore to nest. The number of recorded sea turtle nests within the Seashore this year has surpassed previous records. As of August 10, Seashore resource management staff have recorded 310 sea turtle nests and additional new nesting is expected. Last year set a record of 289 nests. Nests at the Seashore comprise nearly 20% of the 1,555 nests currently reported in the State of North Carolina.
July 27, 2016
Beach Access to Cape Point Available to Off Road Vehicles & Pedestrians
Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac announced today that access to Cape Point, along the beach from Ramps 43 & 44, is available for both Off Road Vehicles (ORVs) and pedestrians.
July 22, 2016
NPS Offers Sea Turtle Nest Excavation Programs - 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is offering park visitors an opportunity to observe excavations of recently hatched sea turtle nests during the months of August and September, 2016. An “excavation” is the process completed by biologists to document what remains in the nest after a natural hatch has occurred.
July 14, 2016
Save the Date! National Park Service Hosts Summer Beach Cleanups
As the National Park Service continues to celebrate its centennial, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is hosting two beach cleanups. The public is invited to participate July 28 and August 17 from 9-11 am.
July 05, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore to host two family-friendly events this summer on Ocracoke
Cape Hatteras National Seashore will host two family-friendly events this summer on Ocracoke. ‘Concert in the Park’ will be held on Monday, July 11th and Monday August 8th, on the grassy picnic area adjacent to the National Park Service boat docks, alongside Silver Lake Harbor in the village of Ocracoke.
June 29, 2016
Agencies to address flood-prone areas at Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras National Seashore plans to seek public input later this year on managing flooding impacts at the Seashore.
June 20, 2016
New Off Road Vehicle Ramp 63 Opens on Ocracoke Island
Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac is pleased to announce that Ramp 63 is now open on Ocracoke Island. With the construction and completion of the new off-road vehicle ramp, additional access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s beautiful beaches are available for visitors to explore.
June 08, 2016
Facilities on Hatteras Island Reopen after Tropical Storm Colin
The Hatteras Island Visitor Center, Hatteras Island ORV Permit Office, and Cape Hatteras Light Station reopened this morning after park staff performed visitor safety reviews of the facilities.
June 07, 2016
Facilities Reopening after Tropical Storm Colin
With Tropical Storm Colin now moving off the Outer Banks, National Park Service facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore are starting to reopen.
June 06, 2016
Outer Banks Group Prepares for Tropical Storm Colin
The Outer Banks Group is preparing for possible impacts from Tropical Storm Colin.
June 03, 2016
Update on Cape Hatteras National Seashore Ramps and Campgrounds
Recent record-breaking rain on Hatteras Island has impacted ramps, campgrounds, and roads along the Seashore, and another rain event is anticipated this Sunday. It has been reported that up to 14 inches of rain fell between Saturday, May 28th and Thursday, June 2nd.
June 02, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Hosts Beach Cleanup
To celebrate the oceans and its resources, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is hosting a beach cleanup at the Coquina Beach Bathhouse on Bodie Island from 9-11 am, on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.
May 27, 2016
Upgraded Beach Access Boardwalk Opens at Ocracoke Day Use Area
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent David Hallac is happy to announce that the new boardwalk at the Ocracoke Day Use Area is now open for use. The new boardwalk provides accessibility to a new viewing platform as well as access directly to the lifeguarded beach.
April 22, 2016
Tourism to the Outer Banks Group creates $225.4 million in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2,743,338 non-local visitors to the Outer Banks Group of national park sites in 2015 spent $179.8 million in communities near the parks. That spending supported 2,815 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $225.4 million.
April 22, 2016
National Park Week Volunteer Highlight: Hillary Harrison
As the National Park Service continues to celebrate National Park Week, April 16-24, the Outer Banks Group commends Volunteer Hillary Harrison. Hillary began volunteering last March as a receptionist, with responsibilities that included greeting and answering phone calls from the public. This winter she volunteered in the Special Use Permit Office, assisting with the preparation of permits and correspondence, and working with applicants.
April 21, 2016
National Park Week Volunteer Highlight: Jim Lyons
As the National Park Service continues to celebrate National Park Week, April 16-24, the Outer Banks Group commends Volunteer Jim Lyons, who volunteers at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
April 18, 2016
National Park Service Offers Full Moon Tours of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Summer 2016
Grab your flashlight and experience a lighthouse at night by joining the National Park Service on a Full Moon Tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Hear stories of keepers of old, view the working light close up in the lantern room, and catch the reflection off the Atlantic Ocean of the newly-risen full moon as you stand on the lighthouse balcony.
April 12, 2016
Off Road Vehicle Corridor Implemented in Cape Point Area
Cape Hatteras National Seashore has implemented an off road vehicle (ORV) corridor near a pair of nesting American oystercatchers at Cape Point in Buxton, N.C. The corridor is being implemented consistent with the National Park Service’s 2015 Review and Adjustment of Wildlife Protection Buffers.
March 28, 2016
University of Vermont Students Assist Outer Banks Group with Projects
For the third season, a group of University of Vermont students traveled to the Outer Banks to assist the National Park Service with service-oriented cleanup projects as part of the Alternative Spring Break program.
March 24, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces 2016 Campground Season
Superintendent David Hallac announced today that the Cape Hatteras National Seashore camping season will be expanded for 2016. All four campgrounds, Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco, and Ocracoke Campgrounds will be open April 15, 2016 through November 28, 2016.
February 29, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces New Off-Road Vehicle Permit Print at Home Option
Cape Hatteras National Seashore announced today that it will make changes to how and where it issues Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Permits.
February 22, 2016
Cape Hatteras NS Releases Listing of Centennial Events
On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100 years old. To celebrate the 100th birthday of America’s national parks, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (NS) has planned many exciting programs.