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Beach & Ocean Info

  • Beach Access Map
  • When driving on off-road vehicle (ORV) routes, tire pressure must be lowered. Tire pressure of 20 psi (or lower) is recommended for most vehicles. 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 stations.
  • (9/24/18) There is a MODERATE RISK of rip currents along all Outer Banks beaches. According to NOAA, a moderate risk means that wind/wave conditions support stronger or more frequent rip currents. Only experienced ocean swimmers should enter the Atlantic Ocean today.
  • [Daily Rip Current Forecast] [Rip Current Safety Info]
  • Text "Join OBXBeachConditions" to 30890 to sign up for text alerts on ocean conditions.
  • Recreational shellfishing advisories - N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries info

 

Beach Access Status

Last Update: September 24, 2018 at 11:16 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)
Ramp 4 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
 

Hatteras Island

Ramp 23
-North: Seasonal ORV route from October 15 to April 14; Pedestrian access only
-South: Seasonal ORV route from October 15 to April 14; Pedestrian access only
Ramp 25 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
Ramp 27 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Pedestrian access only
Ramp 30
-North: Pedestrian access only
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
Ramp 32
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Pedestrian access only
Ramp 34
-North: Seasonal ORV route from October 15 to April 14; Pedestrian access only
-South: Seasonal ORV route from October 15 to April 14; Pedestrian access only
Ramp 38
-North: Seasonal ORV route from October 15 to April 14; Pedestrian access only
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
Ramp 43 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
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 (Night Driving Route Open)

Ramp 55
-East: Seasonal ORV route from October 15 to April 14; Pedestrian access only
-West: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
Pole Road
-Closed until dangerous road conditions improve.

 

Ocracoke Island


Ramp 59
-North: Pedestrian access only
-South: Closed to ORVs until assessments are completed.
Ramp 63
-North: Closed to ORVs until assessments are completed.
-South: Closed to ORVs until assessments are completed.
Ramp 67
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
Ramp 68
-North: Seasonal ORV route from October 15 to April 14; Pedestrian access only
-South: Pedestrian access only
Ramp 70 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
Ramp 72 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Open to ORV; South Point is open (Night Driving Route Open)
 

ORV: Off-Road Vehicle; ND: Night Driving; P: Priority Ramp; PED: Pedestrians (PED have access to all ORV area, unless otherwise noted); VFA: Vehicle Free Area; AO: American Oystercatcher; CW: Colonial Waterbird; PP: Piping Plover; ST: Sea Turtle; WP: Wilson's Plover
 

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Last updated: September 24, 2018

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Mailing Address:

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Drive

Manteo, NC 27954

Phone:

(252) 473-2111

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