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November 10, 2017
National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent Thanks U.S. Armed Forces Veterans for Service to Our Country
National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac wishes to thank all of the U.S. Armed Forces veterans who reside in Carteret, Dare, Hyde, and Pender Counties, including many National Park Service military veteran employees, for their service to the United States of America.

November 08, 2017
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Free Winter Climb Day
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be open to the public for a free Winter Climb on Saturday December 9, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

October 27, 2017
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Commercial Services Orientation and Open House in Nags Head, NC
On Monday November 6, 2017, Superintendent David Hallac and Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) staff will host an information session about the Seashore’s Commercial Use Authorization program, which permits businesses to provide commercial visitor services.

October 27, 2017
Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier and Pier House Removal Scheduled to Begin in December 2017
A project to remove Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier and its pier house will begin in December 2017. The removal project was awarded to DOT Construction (Beaufort, NC) and is expected to be completed by Spring 2018.

October 13, 2017
Public input sought on proposal to install new elevated water tank on Ocracoke Island
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is seeking public input regarding a plan to relocate a water tank that is operated by the Ocracoke Sanitary District (OSD) on Ocracoke Island.

October 08, 2017
Swimming-related fatality off Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Frisco, N.C.
At 3:55 p.m. on Sunday, October, 8, 2017, a 64 year old male was found floating face down near the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Dare County Emergency Medical Services found the individual near the Frisco Pier and initiated resuscitation measures; however, the efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful.

October 06, 2017
Volunteer on Make A Difference Day, October 28
Cape Hatteras National Seashore will be hosting a volunteer event Saturday, October 28, 2017 in recognition of Make A Difference Day -- the largest national day of community service. Cape Hatteras National Seashore is looking for volunteers to plant sea oats for dune restoration along Ramp 4. The drop-in event starts at 9 am and will continue throughout the day until the work is finished, or until 4 pm, whichever comes first. Meet park staff at Ramp 4.

September 28, 2017
Remainder of Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitor Services and Facilities to Reopen
Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitor services and facilities south of Oregon Inlet, including all campgrounds, will reopen this afternoon at 1:00 pm. Facilities north of Oregon Inlet reopened this morning at 9:00 am.

September 27, 2017
Portions of Cape Hatteras National Seashore to Reopen on September 28, 2017
Cape Hatteras National Seashore facilities north of Oregon Inlet will reopen tomorrow morning at 9:00 am. Visitor services on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands will reopen throughout the day tomorrow for local residents; however, a mandatory non-resident evacuation is still in place for all of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, so campgrounds will not reopen until Dare and Hyde Counties lift the evacuation orders.

September 25, 2017
Cape Hatteras National Seashore to Temporarily Suspend Visitor Services and Close Facilities Ahead of Tropical Storm Conditions
As of 8:00 am this morning, Monday September 25, 2017, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, including Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) is under a Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Watch. According to current forecasts, it is likely that some direct impacts from Hurricane Maria, including tropical storm force winds, ocean overwash, and soundside storm surge will occur in the area beginning Tuesday, September 26.

September 25, 2017
Potential Unexploded Ordnance Found on Beach in Avon, North Carolina
This morning, a potential unexploded ordnance was found on a beach near Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s beach access ramp 34 in Avon, North Carolina. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point is en route to remove the device.

September 24, 2017
Ocracoke Campground to Close at Noon Today Ahead of Potential Tropical Storm Conditions
Due to predicted tropical storm conditions,the Ocracoke Campground at Cape Hatteras National Seashore will be temporarily closed starting at 12:00 pm today, Sunday, September 24, 2017. The campground will reopen post-storm after safety assessments are completed.

September 21, 2017
Surfing-Related Fatality Occurs Off Beach in Rodanthe, North Carolina
During the afternoon of September 21, 2017, a male with a surfboard attached to his ankle, was observed floating face-down in the water just north of the village of Rodanthe at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

September 17, 2017
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Urges Beach Visitors to Use Caution Over Next Several Days
High threats of rip currents, large swells, and windy conditions associated with Hurricane Jose will produce life-threatening surf conditions along Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) over the next few days. Due to these conditions, Superintendent David Hallac is urging all beach visitors to stay out of the water until dangerous conditions subside.

September 13, 2017
Body of Unidentified Male Found Near Buxton, North Carolina
At 7:05 am this morning, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, the body of an unidentified male was discovered by Cape Hatteras National Seashore staff near Buxton, North Carolina.

September 10, 2017
Search Underway for Missing Swimmer Off Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Buxton, North Carolina
At 6:24 pm on Saturday, September 9, a teenage male swimmer from out-of-state was reported missing off a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach. The swimmer was last seen north of the jetties in Buxton, North Carolina.

September 01, 2017
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Continues to Urge Visitors to Use Caution When Attempting to Access Sandbar Near Cape Point
Cape Hatteras National Seashore continues to urge visitors to use caution and to be mindful of tides when attempting to access the sandbar, commonly referred to as Shelly Island, near the tip of Cape Point in Buxton, North Carolina. Due to larger swells, higher tides, and increased rip current threats from recent weather events, there have been ocean rescues and swimmers in distress between Cape Point and the sandbar.

August 30, 2017
Outer Banks Group Visitor Services and Facilities Reopening After Temporary Closure
All visitor services and facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are reopening at normal hours on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

August 29, 2017
Outer Banks Group to Temporarily Suspend Visitor Services Ahead of Potential Tropical Storm Conditions
Due to potential tropical storm conditions, all visitor services and facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will be temporarily suspended starting at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

August 28, 2017
Outer Banks Group Preparing for Severe Weather Event
Weather forecasts indicate that there is a high likelihood that Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten may bring sustained tropical storm force winds and heavy rainfall to Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore), Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial this evening and tomorrow.

August 16, 2017
Commercial Services Orientation and Open House on Ocracoke Island
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) Superintendent Dave Hallac is excited to announce a Commercial Services Orientation and Open House on Ocracoke Island.

August 15, 2017
Swimming-Related Fatality Occurs Off Ocracoke Island Beach
A swimming-related fatality occurred off Cape Hatteras National Seashore, near Ocracoke Island’s Pony Pen beach access, at around 5:10 pm on Monday, August 14.

August 04, 2017
Save the Date! Hatteras Island Soundside Cleanup Event on August 26
Help keep Cape Hatteras National Seashore clean and safe for residents and visitors! The National Park Service and North Carolina Coastal Federation are hosting a soundside cleanup on Hatteras Island on August 26 from 9:00-11:00 am. Meet staff at the Haulover Day Use Area along NC Highway 12, between Buxton and Avon villages.

August 03, 2017
National Park Service Campgrounds Reopening on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands
Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac is pleased to announce that Cape Point, Frisco, and Ocracoke Campgrounds will reopen at 12:00 pm on Friday, August 4, 2017. The three Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) campgrounds were temporarily closed after Dare County and Hyde County issued mandatory non-resident evacuation orders for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands in an effort to protect life safety during a period of lost and unreliable electrical service. Both counties have announced that visitors will have unrestricted access to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands starting at noon tomorrow.

July 28, 2017
Three Campgrounds at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Close on Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands as a Result of Non-Resident Evacuation Orders
Due to damaged underground electrical transmission cables near Oregon Inlet, Hyde and Dare Counties have issued mandatory evacuation orders for visitors on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. The orders have been issued to protect life safety during this period of lost and unreliable electrical service.

July 28, 2017
Majority of Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitor Services and Facilities Remain Open
The underground transmission cable that was damaged at the south end of the Bonner Bridge yesterday morning is continuing to cause electric challenges and outages on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.

July 26, 2017
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces Pack It In, Pack It Out Program with Outer Banks Preservation Association
Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac is pleased to announce that Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) and the Outer Banks Preservation Association (OBPA) are partnering on a messaging program to encourage all beachgoers to reduce their impacts along the Seashore by remembering that what is brought onto the beach during a visit should be brought off the beach at the end of each visit.

July 19, 2017
U.S. Navy Disposes of an Unexploded Ordnance Found on Southern End of Hatteras Island
Yesterday, the National Park Service located and then contacted the U.S. Navy regarding a potential World War II era unexploded ordnance that was found in a remote area on the southern end of Hatteras Island. Today, the U.S. Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit arrived on scene and used controlled detonation to render it safe.

July 19, 2017
Swimming-Related Fatality Occurs Off Beach in Frisco, North Carolina
At 12:33 pm today, the National Park Service, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, Dare County EMS, and the Dare County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of CPR in progress on an adult male on the beach in Frisco, North Carolina.

July 14, 2017
National Park Service Reopens Access to Cape Point After Receiving All Clear from U.S. Navy
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) has reopened off-road vehicle (ORV) and pedestrian access to the Cape Point area in Buxton, North Carolina after receiving an all clear from the U.S. Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit team leader from Little Creek, Virginia. Earlier today, based on a report by Hatteras Island Rescue Squad of what appeared to be an old, unidentified military device on the sandbar off Cape Point, a call for assistance from the EOD unit was placed by Dare County Emergency Management. The EOD unit asked that a one mile safety perimeter be established until they could arrive and determine the exact nature of the item, and a portion of the perimeter fell within the boundaries of the Seashore, which resulted in the temporary closure of Cape Point to ORVs and pedestrians.

July 14, 2017
National Park Service Assisting Multiple Agencies with Response to Unidentified Military Device on Sandbar Near Cape Point
This morning, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad responded to a report of what appears to be an old, unidentified military device on the sand bar off Cape Point. Dare County Emergency Management requested assistance from the U. S. Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit from Little Creek Virginia. Based on images below, out of an abundance of caution, the EOD unit asked that a one mile safety perimeter be established until they could arrive and determine the exact nature of the item.

July 11, 2017
Request Approved for Improvements to Support a NCDOT Hatteras-Ocracoke Passenger Ferry
The National Park Service (NPS) has approved a plan submitted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to construct improvements to support a Hatteras-Ocracoke Passenger Ferry.

July 06, 2017
National Park Service Offers Sea Turtle Nest Excavation Programs in August and September
This August and September, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is offering park visitors an opportunity to observe excavations of recently hatched sea turtle nests. During an excavation, biologists will dig up the hatched nest, count empty eggshells, and collect un-hatched eggs for research. Live and dead hatchlings are occasionally found during these excavations.

June 29, 2017
National Park Service and Dare County Urge Visitors to Use Caution When Attempting to Access New Sandbar
Over the last two to three months, a large sandbar has formed off Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) in the Cape Point area. Due to the number of recent water rescues the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad has made between the tip of Cape Point and the sandbar, the National Park Service and Dare County are urging all park visitors to use caution when attempting to access the offshore sandbar.

June 07, 2017
Body of Missing Swimmer Found
At 5:24 am this morning, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the body of a teenage male was found by National Park Service staff on the beach just east of off-road vehicle ramp 48 in Frisco, North Carolina. The body has been identified as a 17-year-old* from Thailand who was reported missing yesterday, June 6, 2017, after his boogie board was found washed up on shore near off-road vehicle ramp 49 in Frisco.

June 06, 2017
Search Underway for Missing Swimmer Off the Beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Frisco, North Carolina
At 1:06 pm today, a teenage male swimmer from Thailand was reported missing off the beaches at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) in Frisco, North Carolina. The individual's boogie board was found washed up on shore near off road vehicle ramp 49.

June 05, 2017
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces Public Review Period for Environmental Assessment to Support Improvements for a New North Carolina Department of Transportation Passenger Ferry
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze whether or not to issue a special use permit (SUP) to North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Ferry Division. The SUP would authorize NCDOT to construct facilities and provide long-term maintenance of a new passenger ferry system within Seashore boundaries.

June 01, 2017
June is World Oceans Month! National Park Service to Host Beach Cleanups
June not only marks the beginning of summer, it also marks World Oceans Month. Cape Hatteras National Seashore is celebrating the oceans and its resources by hosting three beach cleanups at various locations.

May 10, 2017
First Sea Turtle Nest of the 2017 Nesting Season Found at Cape Hatteras National Seashore
One of the first three sea turtle nests in North Carolina was found at Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the morning of May 9, 2017.

April 18, 2017
Celebrate 2017 National Park Rx Day with Yoga on the Beach
In partnership with The Outer Banks Hospital, the Outer Banks Group is celebrating the second annual National Park Rx Day with Yoga on the Beach, at Coquina Beach, on Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00 pm.

April 17, 2017
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Commercial Services Orientation and Open House
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) Superintendent Dave Hallac is excited to announce the Seashore’s first-ever Commercial Services Orientation and Open House. The meeting will take place on Friday, April 28 from 10:00 - 11:30 am at the Hatteras Realty Office in Avon: 41156 Hwy 12 Avon, NC 27915.

April 14, 2017
Visit Your Park During National Park Week April 15-23, 2017
National Park Week is April 15 to 23, 2017. National Park Week is an annual national celebration of people, parks, trails, heritage areas, national trails and rivers, seashores, historic sites, beautiful landscapes, and so many more remarkable places! The National Park Service encourages everyone to find their own connection to the vast network of public lands and places that protect and preserve our natural and cultural history.

April 10, 2017
National Park Service Rangers Respond to Report of Fatality Near Ramp 34 in Avon, North Carolina
At approximately 2:00 am on Monday, April 10, National Park Service Law Enforcement Rangers responded to a report of an unresponsive male near Ramp 34 in Avon, North Carolina. Upon arrival on the beach, Rangers discovered a deceased male appearing to be in his mid-thirties. The victim is not believed to be from the local area.

April 07, 2017
Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses to Open on April 21
Outer Banks Group Superintendent Dave Hallac has announced that the Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses will be open for climbing this year from Friday, April 21 through Monday, October 9.

March 23, 2017
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces 2017 Campground Season
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore camping season will begin in mid-April. The Oregon Inlet and Cape Point campgrounds will open for the season on Friday, April 14 and the Frisco and Ocracoke campgrounds will open on Friday, April 21. All four campgrounds will remain open until the season ends on November 27, 2017.

March 14, 2017
National Park Service Announces Improvements to Frisco Day Use Area
Work will begin this week at the Frisco Day Use Area to replace the viewing platform and boardwalk that was severely damaged during Hurricane Matthew.

March 13, 2017
The Outer Banks Group Drew More Than Three Million Visits in 2016
National parks within the Outer Banks Group recorded 3,162,854 visits in 2016, the National Park Service’s centennial year.

March 03, 2017
Save the Date! National Park Service Hosts Beach Cleanup on Ocracoke Island
Help beautify your seashore! Cape Hatteras National Seashore will host a beach cleanup Thursday, March 30 between noon and 4:00 pm on Ocracoke Island.

March 01, 2017
Cape Hatteras National Seashore invites public to comment on proposed projects relating to NCDOT passenger ferry service
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore), in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), will host two public meetings in late March to obtain public comments on projects related to a new NCDOT passenger ferry service from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke Island.

February 01, 2017
Cape Point Bypass Extension Route Now Open to Off-Road Vehicle Users
At noon today, Cape Hatteras National Seashore will open the Cape Point Bypass Road extension to the public. The project is a result of a recent Environmental Assessment (EA) and rule-making process that included public review.

January 21, 2017
Buxton man dies while surfing off Old Lighthouse Beach outside of Cape Hatteras National Seashore
A 32-year old Buxton, North Carolina resident died while surfing in the waters off Old Lighthouse Beach outside of Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Saturday afternoon, January 21, 2017.

January 12, 2017
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Staff to Be Available for Discussion About Amended Final Rule for Off-Road Vehicle Management
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) Superintendent, David Hallac, and other members of the Seashore staff, will be available to answer questions related to the amended Final Rule for off-road vehicle (ORV) management at two public meetings.

January 06, 2017
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitor Services Closing Due to Winter Storm
In anticipation of a winter storm event, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (excluding Ocracoke) will close all visitor services, including visitor centers and off-road vehicle permit offices, at 5:00 pm today and will remain closed through Saturday, January 7.

December 20, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Completes All Work Related to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015
On December 19, 2014, the President of the United States signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015. The NDAA required that Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) modify wildlife protection buffers, accelerate the construction of vehicle access points and roads, report back to congress within one year of the date of the NDAA, and undertake a public process to consider changes to the Seashore's Final Rule on off-road vehicle (ORV) management.

November 29, 2016
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Winter Climb
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be open to the public for a free climb on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This event is part of the OBXmas Weekends celebrated with the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

November 29, 2016
Volunteers Needed: Beach Cleanup - Saturday, December 3
Join the National Park Service and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) on Saturday, December 3, from 10 am to noon, for a beach cleanup on Bodie Island. The cleanup event will begin at the ranger station at the Oregon Inlet Campground.

November 07, 2016
Cape Hatteras National Seashore extends public scoping period for flood mitigation planning in the Buxton and Frisco areas
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) has provided a 2-week extension to the public scoping period to obtain feedback and ideas from the public regarding Seashore areas that experience flooding near Buxton and Frisco.

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 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.

Last updated: May 10, 2017

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