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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: July 24, 2021 at 4:52 p.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: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • 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: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

-South: Open to ORVs for 0.20 miles.

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions
 

Hatteras Island

Ramp 23
-North: Seasonal ORV route closed to ORVs until October 15, 2021. Pedestrians should take alternate route 0.55 miles to reach open beach. Closures in place to protect shorebird breeding activity.
-South: Seasonal ORV route closed to ORVs until October 15, 2021. Pedestrian closure in place for 0.10 miles to protect shorebird breeding activity.


Ramp 25 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORVs for 0.80 miles

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions
  • Protection buffer in place for shorebird breeding activity

-South: Open to ORVs for 1.37 miles

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions
  • Protection buffer in place for shorebird breeding activity

Ramp 27 (Priority Ramp)
-North: Open to ORVs for 0.48 miles

  • Hours: ORV route is open from from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. Shipwreck visible at ramp.
  • Protection buffer in place for shorebird breeding activity

-South: Pedestrian only access


Ramp 30
-North: Pedestrian only access

-South: Open to ORVs for 1.44 miles. No through access to Ramp 32 due to a sea turtle nest within its hatch window.

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

Ramp 32
-North
: Open to ORVs for 0.44 miles. No through access to Ramp 30 due to a sea turtle nest within its hatch window.

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ramp 34
-North: Seasonal ORV route closed to ORVs until October 15, 2021. Pedestrians access for 0.41 miles using the boardwalk from parking lot.

  • Protection buffer in place for shorebird breeding activity

-South: Seasonal ORV route closed to ORVs until October 15, 2021. Pedestrians must use the boardwalk from parking lot to access beach.

Ramp 38
-North: Seasonal ORV route closed to ORVs until October 15, 2021. Pedestrian only access until the seasonal ORV route reopens.

-South: Open to ORVs for 1.5 miles

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Conditions: Soft sand and deep ruts along the route

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Conditions: Soft sand along route

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

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

-South: Open to ORVs for 0.24 miles. The tip of Cape Point is currently not accessible to ORVs or beach walkers. Pedestrians can travel along bypass road and go west all the way to South Beach Road. It is less than a quarter mile walk from the northern protection buffer boundary to the end of bypass road.

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Protection buffer in place for shorebird breeding activity. Staff will continue to monitor the area and make adjustments to the protection buffer accordingly.


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 for 1.04 miles (open all the way to Bypass Road south of Ramp 44)
-West: Open to pedestrians for 0.08 miles

  • Protection buffer in place for shorebird breeding activity

Ramp 48 (Priority Ramp)
-East: Open to ORVs. Pedestrian access for 0.80 miles.

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Protection buffer in place for shorebird breeding activity

-West: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

-West: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ramp 55
-East: Seasonal ORV route closed to ORVs until October 15, 2021. Pedestrian only access until the seasonal ORV route reopens.

-West: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Conditions: Small drop off from base of ramp. Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions. If you want to cut through to Pole Road, pay close attention to signs.

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 for 1.15 miles (an ORV corridor is in place between ramps 59 and 63). Pedestrian access for 0.67 miles.

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions
  • Protection buffer in place for shorebird breeding activity

Ramp 63
-North: Open to ORVs and pedestrians for 1.70 miles

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions
  • Protection buffer in place for shorebird breeding activity

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Conditions: Beach route may be impassable during high tide conditions

Ramp 67
-North: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

-South: Open to ORVs

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ramp 68
-North: Seasonal ORV route closed to ORVs until October 15, 2021. Pedestrian access only.

-South: Pedestrian access only


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

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

-South: Open to ORVs (an ORV corridor is in place between ramps 70 and 72). Pedestrian access for 1.01 miles.

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

-South: Open to ORVs and pedestrians for 0.67 miles. South Point is not currently accessible due to shorebird breeding activity.

  • Hours: ORV route is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Protection buffers in place for shorebird breeding activity
 
Pedestrians have access to all ORV areas, unless otherwise noted
 

Mileage Summary

Last Updated: July 22 at 8:30 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 3.30 3.30 100%
ORV Areas 2.60 2.60 100%
Temporary Resource Closures 0.00
Hatteras Island 43.80 39.78 90.8%
Vehicle Free Areas 27.70 24.40 88.1%
ORV Areas 16.10 15.38 95.5%
Temporary Resource Closures 4.02
Ocracoke Island 17.00 13.05 76.8%
Vehicle Free Areas 6.70 5.70 85.1%
ORV Areas 10.30 7.35 71.4%
Temporary Resource Closures 3.95
Seashore Mileage Totals
Vehicle Free Areas 37.70 33.40 88.6%
ORV Areas 29.00 25.33 87.3%
Temporary Closures 7.97
 

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Last updated: July 24, 2021

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Drive

Manteo, NC 27954

Phone:

(252) 473-2111

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