It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park.
The Superintendent’s Compendium is the summary of park specific rules implemented under 36 Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR). It serves as public notice, identifies areas closed for public use, provides a list of activities requiring either a special use permit or reservation, and elaborates on public use and resource protection regulations pertaining specifically to the administration of the park. The Superintendent’s Compendium does not repeat regulations found in 36 CFR and other United States Code and CFR Titles, which are enforced without further elaboration at the park level.
2022 Superintendent's Compendium
Signed by David Hallac, Superintendnet, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, October 31, 2022.
1. Superintendent’s Compendium Described
Under the authority of Title 54 USC Section 100751(a), and Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, a Superintendent's Compendium is established for Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Regulations listed in this compendium are requirements in addition to those listed in the specific section found in Title 36 unless otherwise noted. The specific authority for this regulatory procedure is found in § 1.5, 1.6, and 1.7 of Title 36. Written determinations, which explain the reasoning behind the Superintendent’s use of discretionary authority, as required by Section 36 CFR 1.5 (c), appear in this document identified as “justification.”
(a)(1) The following visiting hours and public use limits are established for all or for the listed portions of the park, and the following closures are established for all or a portion of the park to all public use or to a certain use or activity:
Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the NPS within the boundaries of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent.
Remote controlled ground devices
Remote controlled ground devices (remote controlled cars) are authorized in the Lost Colony parking lot during the off season (after Labor Day to the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend) except when an event is being conducted.(Justification: The regular use of the parking lot during the busy summer season is not conducive to such activity. The operation of remote-controlled model cars would pose a safety risk to visitors using the parking lots as well as put the RC ground device in jeopardy of being struck.
(a)(2) The superintendent may designate areas for a specific use or activity or impose conditions or restrictions on a use or activity.
Ground disturbing tools
All instruments that may be used to dig, disturb, or penetrate the ground (including but not limited to shovels, probes, trowels, digging knives, etc.) are prohibited to possess within the boundaries of National Park Service property.(Justification: Recent illegal activity associated with these instruments has occurred and caused significant damage to the park resources. The mere possession of these items represents the owner’s intent to potentially use them. This does not apply to instruments secured in a vehicle or beach toys.
Covid 19 - Safety requirements
When the COVID-19 Community Level is LOW or MEDIUM in the county or all the counties where the park is located based on data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals are not required to wear masks.
When the COVID-19 Community Level is HIGH in the county or all the counties where the park is located based on data provided by the CDC, all individuals over the age of two must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, in all common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops and restaurants.
When the COVID-19 Community Level is HIGH in one or more, but not all, of the counties where the park is located based on data provided by the CDC, the superintendent will determine whether individuals are required to wear masks. The requirement, if any, will apply to all facilities within the park.
Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.
Regardless of the COVID-19 Community Level, individuals may wear masks if they choose to do so. Where a state, local, tribal, or territorial government where the park is located imposes more protective mask-wearing requirements than those indicated by the COVID-19 Community Level, individuals must follow those more protective requirements within the park. More protective state, local, tribal, or territorial mask-wearing requirements are hereby adopted as federal requirements in all units of the National Park System located within that state, locality, area subject to a federally recognized Indian tribe’s regulatory jurisdiction, or territory, regardless of a particular park’s jurisdictional status.
Additionally, all individuals must wear masks in or on public transportation conveyances and transportation hubs/facilities, to the extent required by current orders or directives issued by the CDC, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), or other federal agencies with jurisdiction over those conveyances or areas. As of March 4, 2022, CDC and TSA orders or directives require all individuals regardless of vaccination status to wear masks in indoor areas of all forms of public transportation conveyances, including busses, trains, and boats/ferries, and in the indoor premises of transportation hubs/facilities. Individuals are not required to wear masks while outdoors on conveyances or while outdoors on the premises of transportation hubs/facilities.
(Justification: In accordance with E.O. 13991, it is the policy of the National Park Service and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site to halt the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID–19) by relying on the best available data and science-based public health measures. Such measures include wearing masks when around others, physical distancing, and other related precautions recommended by the CDC.
(f) The following is a compilation of those activities for which a permit from the superintendent is required. A permit may be requested by contacting Park Headquarters at 252-473-2111.
(c)(1), (c)(2) The following fruits, nuts, berries, or unoccupied seashells may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption, in accordance with the noted size, quantity, collection sites and/or use or consumption restrictions:Edible fruits of wild grape, persimmon, blackberry, huckleberry, blueberry, mulberry, service berry, prickly pear cactus may be gathered. The above listed items have a one gallon, per person, per day limitation on quantity.(Justification: Those natural items enumerated are not endangered or rare, and are present in such quantities that the gathering or consumption thereof will not adversely affect park wildlife, reproductive potential of the species, or otherwise adversely affect park resources. Shells may not be collected due to the potential that they may have been used as artifacts from earlier times.)
(e) All areas within the park are closed to viewing wildlife with any type of artificial light.(Justification: Prohibiting the use of artificial lights minimizes the potential for the illegal taking of wildlife and disorienting nesting turtles during night periods.)
(h) Notwithstanding any other provision in this Chapter, a person may possess, carry, and transport concealed, loaded, and operable firearms within a national park area in accordance with the laws of the state in which the national park area, or that portion thereof, is located, except as otherwise prohibited by applicable Federal law.
(a)(1) The lighting or maintaining of fires is generally prohibited, except as provided for in the following designated areas and/or receptacles, and under the conditions noted:
Grills, camping stoves, or other self-contained units are allowed for cooking fires in the Fort Raleigh picnic area and in the Waterside Theater parking lot. Only gas (propane, butane, and white), charcoal, and wood chips are allowed as fuel in grills and other self-contained units. Fully extinguished, cold to the touch, coals and ash may be placed in bags and disposed in the trash containers that are provided. Coals and ash may not be emptied onto the ground.(Justification: Numerous visitors utilizing the park or attending the Lost Colony production have requested the ability to cook or grill food in the Fort Raleigh picnic area or Waterside Theater parking lot as part to their experience in the park. Charcoal or gas cooking fires, in self contained units, present little hazard but can significantly enhance the visitor experience to the park.)
*****Service animals are not subject to the park’s pet policies and, when accompanying an individual with a disability, they are allowed wherever visitors are allowed. A service animal means any dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability.
(a)(5) Failing to comply with pet excrement disposal conditions which may be established by the superintendent
(b) The use of horses or pack animals outside of trails, routes or areas designated for their use. Horseback riding is authorized along the shoulder of paved roads open to motor vehicles and the Freedom Trail. All other areas are prohibited.(Justification: Horseback riding and the use of pack animals is restricted to the areas specified above to insure compatibility between visitor use, resource protection, and visitor safety. Use in areas not specified would cause unacceptable resource damage and/or cause unacceptable risks to visitor safety.)
(g) Violation of conditions which may be established by the superintendent concerning the use of horses or pack animals. Horse excrement, hay, straw and/or bedding materials must be removed from all parking/staging areas.(Justification: Horseback riding and the use of pack animals is restricted to the areas specified above to insure compatibility between visitor use, resource protection, and visitor safety. Use in areas not specified would cause unacceptable resource damage and/or cause unacceptable risks to visitor safety.)
Using roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices are prohibited, except in designated areas.
Using roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices are prohibited except on the Waterside Theater parking lot between Labor Day and May 1st. No artificial ramps or jumps are permitted. (Justification: All existing roads and other paved areas within the Fort Raleigh area are high volume areas designated either for motor vehicles or pedestrian use. The mixing of skating, skateboards, trikes, and similar devices in those areas would present a greater potential for personal injury. The Waterside Theater parking area is not a high volume area in the off-season.)
The superintendent may designate a portion of a park area, or all or a portion of a building, structure or facility as closed to smoking when necessary to protect park resources, reduce the risk of fire, or prevent conflicts among visitor use activities. Smoking is prohibited in the following areas:- All government buildings(Justification: The restrictions on smoking ensure appropriate public health concerns, the comfort of facility users and are in accordance with Code of Federal Regulations, Title 41 CFR 101-20.105-3.)
(a)(3)(i)(A) The superintendent may close all or a portion of a public use area or public facility within a park areas to the consumption of alcoholic beverages and/or to the possession of a bottle, can or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or that has been opened, or whose seal is broken or the contents of which have been partially removed. The consumption of an alcoholic beverage or the possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage would be inappropriate considering other uses of the location and purpose for which it is maintained or established.
Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all visitor centers, museums, government offices and buildings unless authorized by a Special Use Permit. (Justification: The consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages in visitor centers, museums, and government offices and buildings is not conducive to the purpose of the facilities.)
(c)(2) The superintendent must designate on a map, which must be available in the office of the superintendent and by public notice under § 1.7 of this chapter, the locations designated as available for demonstrations and the sale or distribution of printed matter.The following first amendment assembly areas are designated on a map in the Office of the Superintendent for Public Assemblies:
See attached maps for:Fort Raleigh Assembly Area #1Fort Raleigh Assembly Area #2
(b) The superintendent may designate a different speed limit upon any park road when a speed limit set forth in paragraph (a) of this section is determined to be unreasonable, unsafe or inconsistent with the purposes for which the park area was established.
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit within Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is 20 mph on roads. (Justification: The majority of the vehicle roads within Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are adjacent to or within parking lots containing several turns and directional signs which cause first time visitors to travel at slow speed in an attempt to find their intended destination, therefore, 20 mph is considered to be the maximum safe speed on roads of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.)
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1st Amendment Demonstration Areas
Last updated: November 1, 2022