Operational Status Report

sign explaining mask requirements
To protect the health of those who live, work, and visit national parks and National Park Service (NPS) facilities, and in support of President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, NPS is immediately implementing a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners, and contractors.

At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial, face masks are now required in all park buildings and facilities, including visitor centers and museums. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including beaches and trails.

As conditions are subject to change, visitors should check park websites and social media channels for details on operations before they visit. Other tips to recreate responsibly are available on NPS.gov. Park rangers are on duty to provide information, protect visitors and park resources, and uphold this requirement.

The Operational Status Report provides the most up-to-date information and conditions for Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Last Updated: March 2, 2021
 
 

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Bodie Island

OPEN CLOSED NOTES
BEACHES X Visit http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess for current beach access status.
BEACH FIRES X Download and print the FREE Beach Fire Permit (beach fires aren't allowed in all areas).
PARK STORE X
LIGHTHOUSE GROUNDS X
LIGHTHOUSE CLIMBING X Visit Bodie Island Lighthouse page to see status of climbing operations.
CAMPGROUND X Oregon Inlet Campground is open.
ORV ACCESS X Visit http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess for current beach access status.
ORV PERMIT OFFICE X ORV permits available online only at www.recreation.gov.
LIFEGUARD SERVICES X
RANGER TALKS/ACTIVITIES X
OREGON INLET FISHING CENTER X
BOAT RAMP PARKING X
BODIE ISLAND MARSH BLIND X
WHALEBONE INFO CENTER X
 

Hatteras Island

OPEN CLOSED NOTES
BEACHES X Visit http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess for current beach access status.
BEACH FIRES X Download and print the FREE Beach Fire Permit (beach fires aren't allowed in all areas).
PARK STORE X
MUSEUM OF THE SEA X
LIGHTHOUSE GROUNDS X
LIGHTHOUSE CLIMBING X Keep track of the restoration project at http://go.nps.gov/cahalighthouserestoration.
CAMPGROUNDS X
ORV ACCESS X Visit http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess for current beach access status.
ORV PERMIT OFFICE X ORV permits available online only at www.recreation.gov.
LIFEGUARD SERVICES X
AIRPORT X
SOUND-SIDE ACCESSES X Salvo, Haulover, Kite Point, Sandy Bay, and sound-side ORV ramps.
RANGER TALKS/ACTIVITIES X
TRAILS X
AVON PIER X Expected to open in late May 2021.
 

Ocracoke Island

OPEN CLOSED NOTES
BEACHES X Visit http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess for current beach access status.
BEACH FIRES X Download and print the FREE Beach Fire Permit (beach fires aren't allowed in all areas).
VISITOR CENTER X
PERMITS X ORV permits available online only at www.recreation.gov.
LIGHTHOUSE GROUNDS X
CAMPGROUND X Ocracoke Campground is open.
ORV ACCESS X Visit http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess for current beach access status.
BOAT SLIPS/RAMPS X
BOAT RAMP PARKING X
AIRPORT X
LIFEGUARD SERVICES X
PONY PENS X
SOUND-SIDE ACCESS X Devil Shoals, S. Bitterswash, and sound-side ORV ramps.
RANGER TALKS/ACTIVITIES X
TRAILS X

Last updated: April 30, 2021

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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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