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Beach & Ocean Info

  • Beach Access Map
  • Off-road vehicle (ORV) Frequently Asked Questions
  • 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: September 16, 2021 at 8:38 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 ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Exiting may be difficult due to heavy rutting.

Ramp 4 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions
 

Hatteras Island

Ramp 23
-North: Seasonal ORV route closed to ORVs until October 15, 2021
-South: Seasonal ORV route closed to ORVs until October 15, 2021


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

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

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

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

-South: Pedestrian only access


Ramp 30
-North: Pedestrian only access

-South: Open to ORVs for 0.84 miles. No through access to Ramp 32 due to a sea turtle nest within its hatch window.

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route open for 0.39 miles
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

Ramp 32
-North
: Open to ORVs for 0.75 miles. No through access to Ramp 30 due to a sea turtle nest within its hatch window.

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route open for 0.25 miles

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route open until vehicle free area boundary

Ramp 34
-North: Seasonal ORV route closed to ORVs until October 15, 2021. Pedestrian only access until the seasonal ORV route reopens.
-South: Seasonal ORV route closed to ORVs until October 15, 2021. Pedestrian only access until the seasonal ORV route reopens.

Ramp 38
-North: Seasonal ORV route closed to ORVs until October 15, 2021. Pedestrian only access until the seasonal ORV route reopens.

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

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

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Night driving status: Closed
  • Conditions: Soft sand and deep ruts along the route

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Night driving status: Closed
  • Conditions: Soft sand along route

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

  • Hours: Access from ramp going north is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Night driving status: Closed

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

  • Hours: Ramp going south is open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route to the south and access to Cape Point is open via bypass road


Inside Road
-Open

  • Hours: Inside Road is available for ORV use 24 hours a day

South Beach Road (Old Ramp 45)

-East: Open to pedestrians
-West: Open to pedestrians

Ramp 48 (Priority Ramp)
-East: Open to ORVs until vehicle free area

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Night driving status: Closed

-West: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Night driving status: Closed

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

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route open for 0.09 miles

-West: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route open for 0.20 miles

Ramp 55
-East: Seasonal ORV route closed to ORVs until October 15, 2021. Pedestrian only access until the seasonal ORV route reopens.

-West: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

Pole Road
-Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Pole Road is open for ORV use 24 hours a day
 

Ocracoke Island

Ramp 59
-North: Pedestrian access only
-South: Open to ORVs for 2.71 miles. No through access to Ramp 63 due to a sea turtle nest within its hatch window.

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Night driving status: Closed
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

Ramp 63
-North: Open to ORVs for 0.84 miles

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route open for 0.34 miles
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

Ramp 67
-North: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route open for 0.17 miles

Ramp 68
-North: Seasonal ORV route closed to ORVs until October 15, 2021. Pedestrian access only.

-South: Pedestrian access only


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

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route open for 0.13 miles

-South: Open to ORVs for 0.66 miles

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route open for 0.15 miles

Ramp 72 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORVs for 1.10 miles

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route open for 0.60 miles

-South: Open to ORVs for 1.63 miles. South Point is not currently accessible due to shorebird breeding activity.

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route open for 1.63 miles
  • Protection buffers in place for shorebird breeding activity
 
Pedestrians have access to all ORV areas, unless otherwise noted
 

Mileage Summary

Last Updated: September 16 at 9:48 a.m.

The mileage summary is updated every Thursday from the beginning of the shorebird nesting season 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 43.55 99.4%
Vehicle Free Areas 27.50 27.50 100%
ORV Areas 16.30 16.05 98.5%
Temporary Resource Closures 0.25
Ocracoke Island 17.00 15.03 88.4%
Vehicle Free Areas 6.70 5.70 85.1%
ORV Areas 10.30 9.33 90.6%
Temporary Resource Closures 1.97
Seashore Mileage Totals
Vehicle Free Areas 36.20 35.20 97.2%
ORV Areas 30.50 29.28 96.0%
Temporary Closures 2.22
 

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Last updated: September 16, 2021

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1401 National Park Drive

Manteo, NC 27954

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