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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.

  • Let's Fill Beach Holes. Learn more at: go.nps.gov/beachholes.
  • Recreational shellfishing advisories - N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries info

 
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Updated
July 18 at 8:30 AM

Dates & times change only when there are updates to report.

 

Bodie Island

Ramp 2 (Priority Ramp)

North: Pedestrian access only
Hours: Ramp open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (No driving allowed to north)
Notes:

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

Ramp 4 (Priority Ramp)

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

South: Open to ORVs for 0.20 miles. Open to pedestrians for 1.06 miles.
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes: Seasonal portion of ORV route opens Sept. 15

 

Hatteras Island

Ramp 23 (Seasonal ORV Ramp open from October 15-April 14)

North: Closed to pedestrians
Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day to pedestrians-only until Oct. 15
Notes: Visitors can walk 0.60 miles to north to access beach

South: Closed to pedestrians
Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day to pedestrians-only until Oct. 15
Notes: Visitors can walk 0.50 miles to north to access beach

Ramp 25 (Priority Ramp)

North: Open to ORVs for 0.80 miles
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

Ramp 27 (Priority Ramp)

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

South: Open to pedestrians only
Hours: Ramp open to pedestrians 24 hours a day
Notes:

Ramp 30

North: Open to pedestrians only
Hours: Ramp going north temporarily closed to pedestrians
Notes:

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

Ramp 32

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes: Open to pedestrians for 0.71 miles

Ramp 34 (Seasonal ORV Ramp open from October 15-April 14)

North: Open for pedestrians for 0.70 miles
Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day to pedestrians-only until Oct. 15
Notes: Seasonal ORV ramp opens Oct. 15

South: Open to pedestrians for 0.20 miles
Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day to pedestrians-only until Oct. 15
Notes: Seasonal ORV ramp opens Oct. 15

Ramp 38

North: Open to pedestrians
Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day to pedestrians-only until Oct. 15
Notes: Seasonal ORV ramp opens Oct. 15

South: Open for 1.14 miles
Hours: Ramp open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

Ramp 43 (Priority Ramp)

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes: Open to pedestrians for 0.75 miles

South: Open for 0.11 miles
Hours: Ramp open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes: There is no through access to Ramp 44

Ramp 44 (Priority Ramp)

North: Open for 0.03 miles
Hours: Ramp open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:


South: Open
Hours: Ramp open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes: Cape Point is open. Pedestrians can travel down Bypass Road and head west on South Beach.


Inside Road (Located between Ramps 44 and 49)

Open
Hours: ORVs can use Inside Road year-round, 24 hours a day.
Notes: ORV permit not required to drive across Inside Road

South Beach Road (ORV permit not required to access parking)

East: Open to pedestrians only for 1.02 miles
Hours: Open to pedestrians 24 hours a day
Notes:

West: Open to pedestrians for 0.14 miles
Hours: Open to pedestrians 24 hours a day
Notes:

Ramp 48 (Priority Ramp)

East: Open for 0.13 miles
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

West: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

Ramp 49 (Priority Ramp)

East: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

West: Open to ORVs until the seasonal vehicle free boundary
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes: Seasonal portion of ORV route opens Oct. 15

Ramp 55

East: Open to pedestrians
Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day to pedestrians-only until Oct. 15
Notes: Seasonal ORV route opens Oct. 15

West: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes: Shoreline open to pedestrians for 1.87 miles

Pole Road (Located near entrance to Ramp 55)

Open to ORVs and pedestrians 24 hours a day




 

Ocracoke Island

Ramp 59

North: Open to pedestrians only
Hours: Ramp open to pedestrians 24 hours a day
Notes:

South: Open to ORVs for 1.16 miles
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

Ramp 63

North: Open to ORVs for 1.5 miles
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

Ramp 67

North: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

South: Open
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

Ramp 68 (Seasonal ORV ramp)

North: Open to pedestrians
Hours: Ramp open 24 hours a day to pedestrians-only until Oct. 15
Notes: Seasonal ORV ramp opens Oct. 15

South: Open to pedestrians for 0.70 miles
Hours: Ramp open to pedestrians 24 hours a day
Notes:

Ramp 70 (Priority Ramp)

North: Open for 1.68 miles
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

South: Open for 1.02 miles
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

Ramp 72 (Priority Ramp)

North: Open for 0.53 miles
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

South: Open for 0.24 miles
Hours: Ramp open to ORVs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes:

 
Pedestrians have access to all ORV areas, unless otherwise noted
 

Mileage Summary

Last Updated: July 18, 2024

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 39.92 91.1%
Vehicle Free Areas 27.70 24.79 89.5%
ORV Areas 16.10 15.13 94%
Temporary Resource Closures 3.88
Ocracoke Island 17.00 13.96 82.1%
Vehicle Free Areas 6.70 5.79 86.4%
ORV Areas 10.30 8.17 79.3%
Temporary Resource Closures 3.04
Seashore Mileage Totals
Vehicle Free Areas 37.70 33.88 89.9%
ORV Areas 29.00 25.90 89.3%
Temporary Closures 6.92

Last updated: July 18, 2024

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Drive

Manteo, NC 27954

Phone:

252 473-2111

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