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  • Beach Access Map
  • [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.
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  • Night driving restrictions go into effect on May 1. From August 1-September 30, priority ORV ramps (see ramp info below) open daily at 6:30 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. All other designated ORV ramps open daily at 7:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. Starting September 15, transition to night driving (24 hours a day) could occur if there are no sea turtle nests remaining along a route; updated night driving information is listed below.
  • 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.

  • Recreational shellfishing advisories - N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries info

 

Beach Access Status

Last Update: September 18 at 8:00 a.m.

Attention: All routes on Ocracoke Island remain closed while park staff assess damages caused by Hurricane Dorian.

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: PED Access Only

-South: Open to ORV. Ramp exit onto beach steep with ruts on the south side. Beach route may be difficult to pass during high tide conditions. Night driving permitted.

Ramp 4 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV. Beach route may be difficult to pass during high tide conditions. Night driving permitted.
-South: Open to ORV for 1.4 miles. Night driving permitted along the ORV route.

 

Hatteras Island

Ramp 23
-North: Seasonal ORV route closed until October 15. Pedestrian access only.
-South: Seasonal ORV route closed until October 15. Pedestrian access only.

Ramp 25 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV for 0.75 miles. Night driving permitted for 0.75 miles.
-South: Open to ORV. Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Night driving permitted.

Ramp 27 (Priority Ramp)
-North:
Open to ORV. Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Night driving permitted.
-South: Pedestrian access only

Ramp 30
-North: Pedestrian access only.
-South: Open to ORV, no through access to Ramp 32 at 0.49 miles (ST). Night driving not permitted due to sea turtle nesting.

Ramp 32
-North
: Open to ORV, no through access to Ramp 30 at 1.38 miles. Night driving permitted for 0.88 miles (ST).
-South: Open to ORV until the seasonal ORV route begins. Night driving permitted on the entire ORV route.

Ramp 34
-North: Seasonal ORV route closed until October 15. Pedestrian access only.
-South: Seasonal ORV route closed until October 15. Pedestrian access only.

Ramp 38
-North: Seasonal ORV route closed until October 15. Pedestrian access only.
-South: Open to ORV. May be impassable during high tide. No night driving along this route due to sea turtle nesting.

Ramp 43 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV; sand is extra soft, consider airing down more than normal. Deep ruts. No night driving along this route due to sea turtle nesting.
-South: Open to ORV, no through access to Ramp 44 (ST); sand is extra soft, consider airing down more than normal. Deep ruts. No night driving along this route due to sea turtle nesting.

Ramp 44 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV, no through access to Ramp 43 (ST); sand is extra soft, consider airing down more than normal. No night driving along this route due to sea turtle nesting.
-South: Open to ORV. Cape Point opened the morning of August 5. Night driving permitted starting at 0.3 miles; use the Bypass Road to reach the night driving area and Cape Point.

Inside Road
-Open

South Beach Road
-East: Open to pedestrians
-West: Open to pedestrians

Ramp 48 (Priority Ramp)
-East: Open to ORV until the vehicle free area boundary. Night driving permitted along the ORV route.
-West: Open to ORV. Night driving permitted for 1.1 miles (ST).

Ramp 49 (Priority Ramp)
-East: Open to ORV. Soft sand at ramp entrance. Night driving not permitted due to sea turtle nesting.
-West: Open to ORV for 0.25 miles (ST). Night driving not permitted due to sea turtle nesting.

Ramp 55
-East: Seasonal ORV route closed until October 15. Pedestrian access only.
-West: Open to ORV for 0.33 miles (ST). Unable to continue West, please use Pole Road. Please do not drive around Carsonite Signs or drive through dunes. Night driving not permitted due to sea turtle nesting.

Pole Road
-Open. CAUTION: Pole Road is flooded toward entrance and might be impassable. The week of September 23 portions of Pole Road will be closed for a Tideland project. During the project, beach detours will be available depending on beach conditions.

 

Ocracoke Island

Ramp 59
-North: Pedestrian access only. Beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV through the use of an ORV corridor at 0.85 miles (ST). Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Ocean is reaching ramp at high tide.

Ramp 63
-North: Open to ORV through the use of an ORV corridor at 0.58 miles (ST). Corridor may be impassable during high tide conditions.
-South: Open to ORV for 0.56 miles through the use of an ORV corridor at 0.23 miles (ST). Corridor may be impassable during high tide conditions.

Ramp 67
-North: Open to ORV for 1 mile
-South: Open to ORV for 0.44 miles (ST)

Ramp 68
-North: Seasonal ORV route closed until October 15. Pedestrian access only.
-South: Pedestrian access only

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

Ramp 72 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV
-South: Open to ORV. South Point is open.

 

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: August 29 at 7:38 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 5.20 100%
Vehicle Free Areas 3.30 3.30 100%
ORV Areas 2.60 2.60 100%
Temporary Resource Closures 0.00
Hatteras Island 43.80 43.76 99.9%
Vehicle Free Areas 27.70 27.70 100.0%
ORV Areas 16.10 16.06 99.8%
Temporary Resource Closures 0.04
Ocracoke Island 17.00 16.30 95.9%
Vehicle Free Areas 6.70 6.00 89.6%
ORV Areas 10.30 10.30 100.0%
Temporary Resource Closures 0.70
Seashore Mileage Totals
Vehicle Free Areas 37.70 37.00 98.1%
ORV Areas 29.00 28.96 99.9%
Temporary Closures 0.74
 

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Last updated: September 18, 2019

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