Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

News in Cape Hatteras

Updated ORV Regulations Effective February 2012

March 30, 2012, 7:10 am
The final special regulation for the management of off-road vehicle (ORV) use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore became effective on February 15, 2012. The new ORV management plan and regulation designate ORV routes (areas where ORV use is authorized) in a manner that will protect and preserve the unique ...

Species Spotlight: Piping Plover

July 28, 2011, 10:01 am
By Naomi Legros Piping plovers are a North-American shorebird that breed on beaches along the Atlantic Coast of the United States and in Canada, usually away from water, near very little grass and basically no other vegetation. The birds spend their winters in the West Indies and the southern parts ...

Top Ten Water Parks

August 6, 2010, 11:37 am
In an effort to keep you nice and cool during the dog days of summer, we’ve come up with ten of the best places to kick off your shoes, enjoy the scenery and relax. Each of these parks offers exceptional opportunities for swimming, kayaking, rafting and boating; all that’s ...

Volunteers sought to protect sea turtles on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

August 13, 2009, 1:44 pm
HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service is looking for a few good "nest watchers" for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.Outer Banks Group Superintendent Mike Murray says a new program will allow volunteers to monitor sea turtle nests.Volunteers also will be trained to assist National Park Service biologists ...

Beach driving areas on NC Outer Banks reopen

August 12, 2009, 8:34 am
The National Park Service says the most popular off-road vehicle areas at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the North Carolina Outer Banks have reopened.The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk reported that only small sections of beach remain closed to protect nesting seabirds.The National Park Service Outer Banks Group says that ...

NC park service asking youth to help with programs

June 24, 2009, 7:18 am
The National Park Service says it needs help from youth on the North Carolina Outer Banks as volunteers for this summer's visitor programs.Spokeswoman Cyndy Holda said there will be a meeting July 2 of young people between 7th and 12th grades who are interested in volunteering. The meeting will ...

Seven Sea Turtle Nests Remain on Outer Banks

October 16, 2008, 1:55 pm
The National Park Service says seven nests of endangered sea turtles remain on beaches along the Outer Banks, where driving restrictions were imposed in the spring to protect birds and turtles. Park service officials said Thursday that no new restricted areas will be erected on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. There ...

Popular N.C. Beach Reopened for Vehicles

August 28, 2008, 2:57 pm
A popular beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks that has been closed to off-road vehicles has been reopened by the National Park Service in time for Labor Day weekend visitors.' The Cape Hatteras National Seashore said Thursday the area known as Bodie Island Spit is open to give fishermen access ...

Areas of Ocracoke beach reopen - as nesting allows

August 8, 2008, 7:54 am
While summer's steamy weather has encouraged a record number of sea turtle eggs to hatch in Cape Hatteras National Seashore this year, the bird nesting season is winding down. Beach areas that had been completely or partially closed to protect shorebirds are starting to reopen to off-road vehicles and pedestrians. On ...

Park service, groups publish beach driving guide

August 1, 2008, 8:13 am
MANTEO, N.C. --A new brochure to help visitors to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore understand beach driving restrictions has been published by the National Park Service and several fishing associations. The new off-road vehicle brochure includes a map that gives visitors tips for beach driving and regulations that govern it. Park ...

National Park Travel: Cruisin' Cape Hatteras

May 14, 2008, 11:21 am
Apparently, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a better tourist attraction than the tallest brick lighthouse in the US. North Carolina's Outer Banks is home to both, but the area earned the nickname "The Graveyard of the Atlantic" thanks to all the ships that have been lost off the shore.Visitors ...

Shore Bird Buffers Close 3 Popular Outer Banks Beaches

May 9, 2008, 9:11 am
Sometime before or on Thursday morning, a shorebird called a least tern laid a single egg in Cape Hatteras National Seashore. A National Park Service ranger spotted it at the end of Ramp 45 to Cape Point, a corner of the Outer Banks well known for surf fishing. Buffers were ...

Beach driving deal at Hatteras questioned by federal judge

April 23, 2008, 9:06 am
The National Park Service has answered seven questions posed by a federal judge, but he still is demanding more details about new beach driving rules proposed for Cape Hatteras National Seashore. In a series of filings Tuesday, the Park Service submitted a 15-page response to U.S. District Judge Terrence ...