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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 23, 2021 at 10:33 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 ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Exiting may be difficult due to heavy rutting.

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

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions
 

Hatteras Island

Ramp 23
-North: Open to ORVs (Seasonal ramp open until April 15, 2022)

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-South: Open to ORVs (Seasonal ramp open until April 15, 2022)

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open


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

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

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

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

-South: Pedestrian only access


Ramp 30
-North: Pedestrian only access

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

Ramp 32 - RAMP CLOSED
-North
: Beach route open to ORVs using Ramp 30

  • Hours: Beach route open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-South: Beach route open to ORVs using Ramp 30

  • Hours: Beach route open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route open until vehicle free area boundary

Ramp 34
-North: Open to ORVs (Seasonal ramp open until April 15, 2022)

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-South: Open to ORVs (Seasonal ramp open until April 15, 2022)

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

Ramp 38
-North: Open to ORVs (Seasonal ramp open until April 15, 2022)

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

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

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Soft sand and deep ruts along the route

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Soft sand along route

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

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-South: Open to ORVs. Cape Point is open.

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open


Inside Road
-Open

  • Hours: Inside Road is available for ORV use 24 hours a day

South Beach Road (Old Ramp 45)

-East: Open to pedestrians
-West: Open to pedestrians

Ramp 48 (Priority Ramp)
-East: Open to ORVs until vehicle free area

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-West: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

Ramp 49 (Priority Ramp)
-East: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-West: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

Ramp 55
-East: Open to ORVs (Seasonal ramp open until April 15, 2022)

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-West: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

Pole Road
-Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Pole Road is open for ORV use 24 hours a day
 

Ocracoke Island

Ramp 59
-North: Pedestrian access only
-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

Ramp 63
-North: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

Ramp 67
-North: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

Ramp 68
-North: Open to ORVs (Seasonal route open until April 15, 2022)

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-South: Pedestrian access only


Ramp 70 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

Ramp 72 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day
  • Night driving status: Beach route fully open
 
Pedestrians have access to all ORV areas, unless otherwise noted
 

Mileage Summary

Last Updated: October 28 at 9:12 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 16.85 99.1%
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 23, 2021

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1401 National Park Drive

Manteo , NC 27954

Phone:

252 473-2111

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