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  • Beach Access Map
  • Before driving on designated off-road vehicle routes, we strongly recommend that tire pressure be lowered to at least 20psi. The softer the sand, the lower the pressure needed. Reinflate tires to normal pressure as soon as possible after returning to paved roads. Many local businesses have air pumps.
  • Recreational shellfishing advisories - N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries info

 

Beach Access Status

Last Update: December 16, 2018 at 7:28 AM

Date & time only change when there are status updates to report.
Consider the info below to be current, even if the date listed above is not today's date.
 

Bodie Island

Ramp 2 (Priority Ramp)
-North: PED Access Only
-South: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 4 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV, including the seasonal ORV route
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
 

Hatteras Island

Ramp 23
-North: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14 (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 25 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 27 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Pedestrian access only

Ramp 30
-North: Pedestrian access only
-South: The ramp is temporarily closed to ORV due to steep sand cliff at ramp entrance; See photo below.

Ramp 32
-North: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); no through access to Ramp 30.
-South: Pedestrian access only

Ramp 34
-North: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14
(Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14 (Night Driving Route Open)

Ramp 38
-North: Seasonal ORV route from open from October 15 to April 14
(Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)

Ramp 43 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); parking area and road leading to ramp are flooded.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); parking area and road leading to ramp are flooded.

Ramp 44 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Open to ORV; Cape Point is open (Night Driving Route Open)

Inside Road
-Open

South Beach Road
-Open


Ramp 48 (Priority Ramp)
-East: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open)
-West: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)

Ramp 49 (Priority Ramp)
-East: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-West: Open to ORV, including the seasonal ORV route (Night Driving Route Open); last quarter mile may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 55
-East: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route is impassable at high tide.
-West: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route is impassable at high tide.

Pole Road
-Open; 4 to 8 inches of standing water, deep muddy ruts along entire route.

 
Photo of steep sand cliffs at the entrance to off-road vehicle ramp 30.
A steep sand cliff has formed at the entrance to off-road vehicle ramp 30. The cliff has caused a temporary closure of the ramp.

NPS Photo/David Hallac

 

Ocracoke Island

Ramp 59
-North: Pedestrian access only
-South: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 63
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 67
-North: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 68
-North: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Pedestrian access only

Ramp 70 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 72 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV; South Point is open (Night Driving Route Open); some standing water on several spots along the ramp, but the ramp is still passable. Standing saltwater on the beach south of the ramp, but it is passable. Beach route may be impassable at high tide.
 

ORV: Off-Road Vehicle; AO: American Oystercatcher; CW: Colonial Waterbird; PP: Piping Plover; ST: Sea Turtle; WP: Wilson's Plover

Pedestrians have access to all ORV areas, unless otherwise noted
 

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Last updated: December 16, 2018

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1401 National Park Drive

Manteo, NC 27954

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