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Beach & Ocean Info

  • 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: January 23 at 9:56 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. Sand cliffs have formed between Ramps 2 and 4 (see photo below).
Escarpment between Ramps 2 and 4 on Bodie Island


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

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Sand cliffs have formed between Ramps 4 and 2 (see photo above).

-South: Open to ORV for 1.4 miles

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

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. Sand cliff has formed along the route (see photo below).
Sampling of sand ledge that has formed between Ramps 23 and 25.


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

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Sand cliff has formed along the route (see photo above).

-South: Open to ORV

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


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

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

-South: Pedestrian access only

Ramp 30
-North: Pedestrian access only
-South: Ramp closed to to ORV; route remains open (see conditions below)

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: a six foot, impassable sand cliff has formed near ramp entrance
Six foot sand cliff at the entrance to Ramp 30


Ramp 32
-North
: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Extremely soft sand and deep ruts 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


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


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

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Water on ramp.

-South: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Water on ramp.


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

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: sand is extra soft, consider airing down more than normal. Deep ruts at the entrance to beach. Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions.

-South: Open to ORV. Cape Point opened the morning of August 5.

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: 3-4 foot sand cliffs along route


Inside Road
-Open


South Beach Road (Old Ramp 45)
-East: Pedestrian access only
-West: Pedestrian access only

Ramp 48 (Priority Ramp)
-East: Open to ORV until the vehicle free area boundary.

  • 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
-Sections of Pole Road will be intermittently closed during Tideland's underground cable project. The end of Pole Road may not be accessible due to beach erosion. For more information on Tideland's project, go to: https://www.nps.gov/caha/learn/news/project-improve-reliability-of-electric-service-to-ocracoke-island-begins-january-2020.htm. The road will continue to be an off-road vehicle route after the project is completed.

Beach erosion and escarpments at Pole Road
 

Ocracoke Island

Ramp 59
-North: Pedestrian access only.

  • Conditions: 4-5 foot sand cliffs at end of ramp

-South: Ramp closed to ORV at entrance to beach route; route remains open (see conditions below)

  • Night Driving: open from Ramp 63 to entrance to Ramp 59
  • Conditions: Inaccessible to ORVs due to 4-5 foot sand cliff across width of ramp.
Sand cliff across Ramp 59 on Ocracoke Island


Ramp 63
-North: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open
  • Conditions: beach route is 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
  • Conditions: several areas along route have 1-2 foot sand cliffs near high tide line

-South: Open to ORV

  • Night Driving: open


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

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

-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: October 31 at 3 p.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 28.89 97.3%
Temporary Resource Closures 0.00
Ocracoke Island - Current Closed due to Hurricane Dorian Damage 17.00 17.00 100%
Vehicle Free Areas 6.20 6.20 100.0%
ORV Areas 10.30 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: January 23, 2020

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