Cape Hatteras National Seashore updates

Published 10:05 am Tuesday, April 30, 2019

On Wednesday, May 1, night driving restrictions on Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches start. While these restrictions are in place, all vehicles must be off oceanside beaches by 9 p.m.

Between May 1 and July 31, priority ramps will be opened each morning at 6 a.m. Those ramps are Ramps 2, 4, 25, 27, 43, 44, 48, 49, 70. All other seasonally accessible ramps open at 7 a.m.

Seashore visitors should check daily the rip current forecast from the National Weather Service before heading for the beach at Rip current safety information is available at For text messages “Join OBXBeachConditions” to 30890.

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Birds are nesting on seashore beaches.

As of April 25, 10 American oystercatcher nests are active. Two nests are at Cape Point, five on Hatteras Island, and three on Ocracoke. Cape Point has two piping plover nests.

The Resource Management Field Summary and Mileage Report are posted on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facebook page on Thursdays.