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Beach & Ocean Info

  • Beach Access Map
  • Before driving on designated off-road vehicle routes, we strongly recommend that tire pressure be lowered to at least 20psi. 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: February 15 at 4:01 PM

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); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 4 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV, including the seasonal ORV route
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
 

Hatteras Island

Ramp 23
-North: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14 (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 25 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 27 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Pedestrian access only

Ramp 30
-North: Pedestrian access only. Water reaches dune line at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)

Ramp 32
-North: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); Beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Pedestrian access only. Water reaches dune line at high tide.

Ramp 34
-North: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14
(Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14 (Night Driving Route Open); Beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 38
-North: Seasonal ORV route from open from October 15 to April 14
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open)

Ramp 43 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); parking lot is under approximately 3 inches of water.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); parking lot is under approximately 3 inches of water.

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) - Caution: look out for debris on the beach from shipwreck.
-West: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open) - Caution: look out for debris on the beach from shipwreck.

Ramp 49 (Priority Ramp)
-East: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open) - Caution: look out for debris on the beach from shipwreck.
-West: Open to ORV, including the seasonal ORV route (Night Driving Route Open); last half mile may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 55
-East: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route is impassable at high tide.
-West: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); sections of beach route are impassable at high tide.

Pole Road
-Open; standing water on road approximately 2 to 3 inches deep.

 

Ocracoke Island

Ramp 59
-North: Pedestrian access only
-South: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 63
-North: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 67
-North: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 68
-North: Seasonal ORV route open from October 15 to April 14
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Pedestrian access only

Ramp 70 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open)
-South: Open to ORV (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.

Ramp 72 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORV
(Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
-South: Open to ORV; South Point is open (Night Driving Route Open); beach route may be impassable at high tide.
 

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
 

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Last updated: February 15, 2019

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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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