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Beach & Ocean Info

  • Beach Access Map
  • Updated night driving information is listed below. Night driving restrictions go into effect on May 1.
  • Before driving on designated off-road vehicle routes, we strongly recommend that tire pressure be lowered to at least 20 psi. 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.
  • [Daily Rip Current Forecast] [Rip Current Safety Info]
    • Low risk means that wind and/or wave conditions are expected to support the development of rip currents.

    • Moderate risk means that wind and/or wave conditions support stronger or more frequent rip currents. Only experienced surf swimmers should enter the surf on moderate risk days.
    • High risk means that wind and/or wave conditions support dangerous rip currents. Rip currents on high risk days are life-threatening to anyone entering the surf.
  • Recreational shellfishing advisories - N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries info

 

Beach Access Status

Last Update: April 4, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Dates and times 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: Pedestrian access only

-South: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions


Ramp 4 (Priority Ramp)

  • ORVs should use caution when turning from NC-12 into Ramp 4 as a construction-related lane closure on the Basnight Bridge has caused distractions for some highway motorists.

-North: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

-South: Open to ORV for 0.20 miles

  • Night Driving: open
 

Hatteras Island

Ramp 23
-North: Seasonal ORV route open until April 15

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

-South: Seasonal ORV route open until April 15

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions


Ramp 25 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Sand build up at ramp is causing reduced visibility when entering and exiting beach.

-South: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Sand build up at ramp is causing reduced visibility when entering and exiting beach.


Ramp 27 (Priority Ramp)
-
North: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Shipwreck visible in dune line around 1.4 miles north of ramp.

-South: Pedestrian access only

Ramp 30
-North: Pedestrian access only
-South: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Soft sand, steep-sloped beach.


Ramp 32
-North
: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Soft sand along route.

-South: Open to ORV until the seasonal ORV route begins

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Soft sand along route.


Ramp 34
-North: Seasonal ORV route open until Apriil 15

  • Night Driving: open

-South: Seasonal ORV route open until April 15

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route near Avon Pier may be impassable during high tide conditions.


Ramp 38
-North: Seasonal ORV route open until April 15

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: 4-5 foot sand cliff along route. Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

-South: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Steep drop off at ramp.


Ramp 43 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

-South: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions


Ramp 44 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Soft sand along route.

-South: Open to ORV. Cape Point is open.

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: Deep ruts and soft sand along route


Inside Road
-Open

  • Conditions: soft sand and large ruts

South Beach Road (Old Ramp 45)
-East: Open to pedestrians for 0.60 miles (AO)
-West: Open to pedestrians for 0.31 miles (AO)

Ramp 48 (Priority Ramp)
-East: Open to ORV until the vehicle free area boundary; open to pedestrians for 0.89 miles (AO)

  • Night Driving: open

-West: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open

Ramp 49 (Priority Ramp)
-East: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open

-West: Open to ORV until the vehicle free boundary.

  • Night Driving: open


Ramp 55
-East: Seasonal ORV route open until April 15

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Do not enter the dunes.

-West: Open to ORV until the vehicle free area boundary.

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Do not enter the dunes.


Pole Road
-Open

 

Ocracoke Island

Ramp 59
-North: Pedestrian access only

-South: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions


Ramp 63
-North: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

-South: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions


Ramp 67
-North: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open

-South: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open


Ramp 68
-North: Seasonal ORV route open until April 15.

  • Night Driving: open

-South: Seasonal ORV route open until April 15

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: soft sand at the ramp


Ramp 70 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open

-South: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open


Ramp 72 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open

-South: Open to ORV. South Point is open.

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: South Point may be inaccessible during high tide conditions
 

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
 

Mileage Summary

Last Updated: February 25 at 7:30 a.m.

The mileage summary is updated weekly from the middle of April through the end of sea turtle nesting season.

Total Current % Open
Bodie Island 5.90 5.90 100%
Vehicle Free Areas 2.00 2.00 100%
ORV Areas 3.90 3.90 100%
Temporary Resource Closures 0.00
Hatteras Island 43.80 43.80 100%
Vehicle Free Areas 14.10 14.10 100.0%
ORV Areas 29.70 29.70 100.0%
Temporary Resource Closures 0.00
Ocracoke Island 17.00 17.00 100%
Vehicle Free Areas 6.20 6.20 100.0%
ORV Areas 10.80 10.80 100.0%
Temporary Resource Closures 0.00
Seashore Mileage Totals
Vehicle Free Areas 22.30 22.30 100.0%
ORV Areas 44.40 44.40 100.0%
Temporary Closures 0.00
 

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Last updated: April 4, 2020

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