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COVID-19 Mask Status:
Based on CDC's COVID-19 Community Level tool, and consistent with direction from the Department of the Interior, masks are optional within indoor federal facilities in Dare and Hyde counties.

 

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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: November 29, 2022 at 8:03 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
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Ramp 4 (Priority Ramp)

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

 

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Hatteras Island

Ramp 23 (Seasonal ORV Ramp open from October 15-April 14)

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Ramp 25 (Priority Ramp)

-North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

-South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Ramp 27 (Priority Ramp)

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

South: Open to pedestrians only

Ramp 30

North: Open to pedestrians only

South: Open

Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Ramp 32

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Ramp 34 (Seasonal ORV Ramp open from October 15-April 14)

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Ramp 38

North: Open (Seasonal ORV route closes April 15, 2023)
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Ramp 43 (Priority Ramp)

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

South: Open. Night driving temporarily not allowed.
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day






Ramp 44 (Priority Ramp)

North: Open. Night driving temporarily not allowed.
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

South: Open
Hours: Ramp to the south is open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Inside Road (Located between Ramps 44 and 49)

Open
Hours: ORVs can use Inside Road year-round, 24 hours a day. An ORV permit is not required to simply drive across Inside Road to access South Beach Road (Old Ramp 45) from the Cape Point Campground.

South Beach Road (Old Ramp 45)

East: Open to pedestrians only

West: Open to pedestrians only

Ramp 48 (Priority Ramp)

East: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

West: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Ramp 49 (Priority Ramp)

East: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

West: Open (seasonal ORV route closes April 15, 2023)
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Ramp 55

East: Open (Seasonal ORV route closes April 15, 2023)
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

West: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Pole Road (Located near entrance to Ramp 55)

Open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day




 

Ocracoke Island

Ramp 59

North: Open to pedestrians only

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Ramp 63

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Ramp 67

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Ramp 68 (Seasonal ORV ramp)

North: Open (Seasonal ORV ramp closes April 15, 2023)
Hours: Ramp to north open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

South: Open to pedestrians only

Ramp 70 (Priority Ramp)

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

Ramp 72 (Priority Ramp)

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day

 
Pedestrians have access to all ORV areas, unless otherwise noted
 

Mileage Summary

Last Updated: November 11, 2022 at 8:33 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 43.80 100%
Vehicle Free Areas 14.10 14.10 100%
ORV Areas 29.70 29.70 100%
Temporary Resource Closures 0.00
Ocracoke Island 17.00 17.00 100%
Vehicle Free Areas 6.20 6.20 100%
ORV Areas 10.80 10.80 100%
Temporary Resource Closures 0.00
Seashore Mileage Totals
Vehicle Free Areas 22.30 22.30 100%
ORV Areas 44.40 44.40 100%
Temporary Closures 0.00

Last updated: November 29, 2022

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Drive

Manteo , NC 27954

Phone:

252 473-2111

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