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4/9/2013
Cape Point Closed to Vehicles Due to Plover Activity

NPS announced the clousure of Cape Point to vehicular access as of 4/9/2013 due to breeding activities of a pair of piping plovers near the vehicle route.  Pedestrian access remains open at present.

Experince from past years suggest theORV access will not reopen until August, after the Piping Plover and Oyster Catcher nesting / breeding season is completed.  Pedestrian access will likely also be closed for much of this period, depending on the exact location of the nests  and broods before fledging.

The full text of the NPS announcement:


Cape Point Temporarily Closes to ORV Access

 Acting Superintendent Darrell Echols announces the temporary off-road vehicle (ORV) access closure of Cape Point area in accordance with the requirements of the ORV Management Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

 On April 9, 2013, approximately 0.5 of a mile south of Ramp 44 adjacent to the ocean shoreline, National Park Service staff observed piping plover breeding behavior in an area south of what is commonly known as "the bypass."  The required buffer of 75-meters to the east resulted in the closure to vehicles.  There currently is not an alternative ORV access route through the resource closure to Cape Point.  Pedestrian access remains east of the closure along the shoreline to the tip of Cape Point.

 For more information on beach access, check Google Earth maps at: 

http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm  or call 252-475-9000.

 -NPS-

 
Thursday, 13 September 2012 15:21

Ramp by Ramp open access for ORV traffic (Updated 09-13-2012)

(Bodie Island Total-2.1 miles open)

Ramp 4 North                                               1.9 miles open

Ramp 4 South                                               0.2 miles open

  (Hatteras Total – 13.4 miles open

Ramp 23                                                     CLOSED Til 11-1-12

Ramp 27 NORTH                                       2.8 miles open

Ramp 27 to Ramp 30                                   CLOSED

Ramp 30 South                                           2.2 miles open          

Ramp 34                                                    CLOSED

Ramp 38 South                                           1.5 miles open

Ramp 43 North                                            0.4 miles open

Ramp 43-South                                           CLOSED

Ramp 44 to Cape Point                            2.1 Miles Open to Cape Point

Cape Point South                                     0.3 Miles Open

Ramp 45                                                     CLOSED

Ramp 49 East                                              0.4 miles open

Ramp 49 West to Frisco Village Line               1.1 miles open

Ramp 55 West beach shoreline                      1.6 miles open

Ramp 55 Interdunal (Pole) Road with small

sound-side access behind Coast Guard Base    2.3 miles

& Cable Crossing open but this is not beach access

Ocracoke Total –5.3 miles open

Ramp 59 North                                                      CLOSED

Ramp 59 South                                                      0.4 miles open

Ramp 67 North                                                       0.3 miles open

Ramp 67 South                                                       0.7 miles open

Ramp 68 South                                                       CLOSED

Ramp 70 North                                                        0.3 miles open

Ramp 70 South to Ramp 72                                      1.7 miles open

Ramp 72 South                                                        1.9 miles open

These are rough numbers only.  Some of these miles are too narrow

 to drive safely.

 

TOTAL ORV ACCESS CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE  20.8 MILES OPEN

                                                                            

 
Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:24

Ramp by Ramp open access for ORV traffic (Updated 08-16-2012)

(Bodie Island Total-2.1 miles open)

Ramp 4 North                                               1.6 miles open

Ramp 4 South                                               0.5 miles open

 

 

 (Hatteras Total – 11.5 miles open

Ramp 23                                                     CLOSED Til 11-1-12

Ramp 27 NORTH                                       1.0 miles open

Ramp 27 to Ramp 30                                   CLOSED

Ramp 30 South                                           2.3 miles open          

Ramp 34                                                    CLOSED

Ramp 38 South                                           1.8 miles open

Ramp 43 North                                            0.4 miles open

Ramp 43-South                                           CLOSED

Ramp 44 to Cape Point                            2.1 Miles Open to Cape Point

Cape Point South                                     0.3 Miles Open

Ramp 45                                                     CLOSED

Ramp 49 East                                              1.5 miles open

Ramp 49 West to Frisco Village Line               0.4 miles open

Ramp 55 West beach shoreline                      1.6 miles open

Ramp 55 Interdunal (Pole) Road with small

sound-side access behind Coast Guard Base    2.3 miles open but

Spur Road and Cable Crossing this is not beach access

Ocracoke Total –5.3 miles open

Ramp 59 North                                                      CLOSED

Ramp 59 South                                                      0.2 miles open

Ramp 67 North                                                       0.5 miles open

Ramp 67 South                                                       0.7 miles open

Ramp 68 South                                                       CLOSED

Ramp 70 North                                                        0.3 miles open

Ramp 70 South                                                        1.1 miles open

Ramp 72 North                                                         0.6 miles open

Ramp 72 South                                                        1.9 miles open

These are rough numbers only.  Some of these miles are too narrow

 to drive safely.

 

TOTAL ORV ACCESS CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE  19.8 MILES OPEN

                                                                            

 
Friday, 03 August 2012 11:22

National Park Service News Release

          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  DATE:  August 3, 2012

          CONTACT:  Cyndy Holda, Public Affairs Specialist, 252-473-2111, ext. 148

         

 

ORV Access Reopens to Cape Point

 

Acting Superintendent Darrell Echols announced today the reopening of the east side of Cape Point in Cape Hatteras National Seashore to off-road vehicle (ORV) access effective immediately.  According to the newly adopted Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan, the designated ORV route from 0.4 mile north of Ramp 43 to Ramp 44 and south to Cape Point is currently open to ORV traffic from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. daily.  The night-time beach driving restrictions are still in effect on all National Seashore beaches from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.

 

A number of resource protection areas remain in place for sea turtle nests on Seashore beaches.  To date, a record number of 204 turtle nests have been laid and nesting activity continues.  Both bird and sea turtle protection areas are posted and signed with symbolic fencing and are closed to vehicle and pedestrian access.  Pets must be leashed at all times. 

 

The National Park Service thanks you for working with us to protect this great natural resource. For up-to-date information on currently open or closed areas, check the Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Google Earth maps at:  http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/googleearthmap.htm

 
Thursday, 02 August 2012 14:19

Ramp by Ramp open access for ORV traffic (Updated 07-26-2012)

(Bodie Island Total-2.1 miles open)

Ramp 4 North                                               1.6 miles open

Ramp 4 South                                               0.5 miles open

 

 

 (Hatteras Total – 9.2 miles open

Ramp 23                                                     CLOSED Til 11-1-12

Ramp 27 NORTH                                       2.8 miles open

Ramp 27 to Ramp 30                                   CLOSED

Ramp 30 South                                           1.8 miles open        

Ramp 34                                                    CLOSED

Ramp 38 South                                           0.4 miles open

Ramp 43 North                                            0.4 miles open

Ramp 43-South(There is now pedestrian access to CP)CLOSED

Ramp 44 to Cape Point                                 CLOSED

Ramp 45                                                     CLOSED

Ramp 49 East                                              1.4 miles open

Ramp 49 West to Frisco Village Line               0.8 miles open

Ramp 55 West beach shoreline                      1.6 miles open

Ramp 55 Interdunal (Pole) Road with small

sound-side access behind Coast Guard Base    2.3 miles open but

Spur Road and Cable Crossing                       this is not

                                                                  beach access

Ocracoke Total –4.1 miles open

Ramp 59 North                                                      CLOSED

Ramp 59 South                                                      0.2 miles open

Ramp 67 North                                                       0.4 miles open

Ramp 67 South                                                       0.7 miles open

Ramp 68 South                                                       CLOSED

Ramp 70 North                                                        0.3 miles open

Ramp 70 South                                                        0.8 miles open

Ramp 72 North                                                         0.0 miles open

Ramp 72 South                                                        1.7 miles open

These are rough numbers only.  Some of these miles are too narrow

 to drive safely.

 

TOTAL ORV ACCESS CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE

15.4 MILES OPEN

                                                                            

 
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